James Valentine was born in Lincoln Nebraska. In addition to guitar, James is also a percussionist, playing in orchestra and jazz band in his youth.
Valentine played in Lincoln bands: Montag, Kid Quarkstar, Mondello and Happy Dog. In 2000, Happy Dog changed its name to Square and he moved to Los Angeles from Anaheim California, where he taught private guitar lessons out of his home. Eventually the members of Square and Kara’s Flowers became friends and when Adam Levine, Jesse Carmichael, Mickey Madden and Ryan Dusick began looking for another guitarist, Valentine was approached. Shortly after, the band Kara’s Flowers became Maroon 5. Having privately trained with Julianna, James has said about Unified Mindfulness: “As a performer, learning mindfulness has been invaluable. Julianna is a great teacher of the most state of the art meditative techniques. Julianna’s experience as a performer makes her uniquely qualified to teach me how to apply these techniques on stage.”