NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Rising pop singer Rozzi Crane celebrated her birthday weekend in a big way, taking the stage at her first major music festival with the rock band Maroon 5 for a duet with lead singer Adam Levine.
Maroon 5 closed the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival's biggest stage Friday with a mix of favorites like "Pay Phone," ''This Love," ''One More Night" and "She Will Be Loved."
Crane, who turned 22 on Thursday, and Levine joined for a remake of Mary J. Blige's hit "Wake Up Call" and Maroon 5's hit "Moves Like Jagger" — which was the last song of the night.
Earlier, Levine invited an audience that had slogged through a muddy race track infield to sing along: "I don't mind spending every day out on your corner in the pouring rain ... She will be loved."
Some in the crowd of thousands had waited all day for the band.
"It's a swamp out here, and I've gotten stuck in the mud so many times, but it's worth it," said Alyssa Hoffman of Harvey, La., her rubber boots covered in mud. "This is a great band. They're fun to listen to, and they put on a good show."
Crane toured with the band earlier this year and is the first artist signed to Levine's new label, 222 Records.
"It was pretty crazy," Crane said. "I was writing songs, recording demos, and a friend of Adam's heard my music. When Adam called me, it was pretty shocking."
Landing a deal with Levine, a celebrity mentor on the hit reality TV singing competition show, "The Voice," has jump-started her career.
In the past year, Crane has collaborated with Maroon 5 on the ballad "Come Away to the Water" for "The Hunger Games" soundtrack released by Universal Republic Records. She also recorded a yet-to-be-titled album of original music, scheduled for release later this year.
Crane said Levine has been a big influence, as have the 1990s R&B and hip-hop stars the young singer enjoyed listening to growing up, such as Outkast and TLC.
"I love southern hip-hop, blues and soul," she said. "I'm a pop singer, and this is definitely a pop record, but it has the R&B and soul influence that I grew up with. I think music you hear as a kid really stays with you. It did for me."
Crane said this summer she'll be moving up from spotlighting with Maroon 5 to opening for the band and pop star Kelly Clarkson when the acts go on tour this August.
After her set at Jazz Fest, Crane was expected to open for the New Orleans band The Meters at Tipitina's music club.
But Crane said her birthday weekend won't be all work and no play.
She planned to stay in New Orleans for Fleetwood Mac's set at Jazz Fest on Saturday and for the festival's closing set by Troy "Trombone Shorty" Andrews on Sunday.
"I saw Trombone Shorty perform at a show in the Netherlands, and I was blown away," Crane said. "I had never seen anything like that, that kind of energy. It was amazing."
Crane said she has wanted for years to visit New Orleans.
"I've always felt a connection to the city," she said. "There's such an emphasis on music, and it's a big part of the culture. I can really relate to that."
A morning downpour left much of the festival grounds muddy Friday, even though the opening was delayed about an hour while crews with bulldozers dumped sand into the squishiest parts of the New Orleans Fair Grounds.
"Jazz Fest is a mud fest," said Heath Turpen of Florence, Ala., barefoot and eating an alligator po-boy. "You don't need shoes to enjoy the music."
Katrina Robert of Gatineau, Quebec, kicked off her shoes and danced in the mud to the bluesy reggae-infused music of Brushy One-String of Jamaica.
"It's my first Jazz Fest, and I've definitely been initiated," she said, her feet covered in mud.
Many took in the music from the covered tents, which remained high and dry throughout the day.
Roots singer Spencer Bohren drew cheers and applause for his rendition of "Hallelujah," which he sang while playing a lap steel guitar.
Jazz Fest continues through Sunday. Other headline acts this weekend include Willie Nelson, Little Big Town, Frank Ocean, The Black Keys and Aaron Neville.
Associated Press writer Chevel Johnson contributed to this story.