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Maxwell

Along with fellow founders D'Angelo and Erykah Badu, Maxwell was enormously important in defining and shaping the neo-soul movement that rose to prominence over the latter half of the '90s. Drawing his greatest inspiration from the concept of the R&B auteur (looking to artists like Prince, Marvin Gaye, Stevie Wonder, etc.), Maxwell recorded some of the most ambitious R&B of his time, becoming wildly popular and often earning critical raves in the process. What was more, his recurring theme of romantic monogamy set him apart from the vast majority of his bump'n'grind lover-man contemporaries.

Maxwell was born May 23, 1973, in Brooklyn, NY; he adopted his middle name as his stage moniker, keeping his real identity a closely guarded secret out of concern for his family's privacy. Born of Puerto Rican and black Caribbean stock, Maxwell suffered the loss of his father (in a plane crash) when he was just three years old. The experience made him a deeply religious child, and he first began singing in his Baptist church. Still, he didn't really get serious about music until age 17, when he began writing his own songs using a cheap Casio keyboard given to him by a friend. Initially influenced by early-'80s urban R&B, he progressed rapidly, and by 1991 he was performing on the New York club scene, despite ridicule from classmates who couldn't imagine the shy, awkward teenager doing anything of the sort. After making a name for himself, he signed a recording contract with Columbia in 1994.

Maxwell recorded his debut album Maxwell's Urban Hang Suite that year, working extensively with several collaborators: songwriter Leon Ware (who'd co-written much of the material on Marvin Gaye's I Want You album in 1976), guitarist Wah Wah Watson (who'd also worked with Gaye), and multi-instrumentalist Stuart Matthewman (a longtime cohort of Sade). Maxwell's Urban Hang Suite was a romantic concept album in the vein of Gaye's greatest '70s work, with a more modern flavor courtesy of Prince's influence; inspired by a brief but intense affair, the record's giddy celebration of committed monogamy could have come off as old-fashioned as its classic influences, given the marketplace dominance of hip-hop soul at the time. Partly for those fears, it wasn't released right away, although a series of shake-ups in Columbia's management played a bigger role in the delay. It wasn't until the spring of 1996 that Maxwell's Urban Hang Suite finally appeared. Sales were slow to take off at first, even though Maxwell scored some airplay with "...Til the Cops Come Knockin'." The gold-selling second single "Ascension (Never Wonder)" lit the fuse, however, and Urban Hang Suite went platinum before a year had passed, also earning a Grammy nomination.

Now elevated to sex-symbol status, Maxwell capitalized on his breakthrough with the MTV Unplugged EP, taken from his live MTV performance. It attracted attention and acclaim outside the R&B community with the left-field cover choices "This Woman's Work" (by art rocker Kate Bush) and "Closer" (the Nine Inch Nails hit). Additionally, the Unplugged version of "Whenever, Wherever, Whatever" earned him another Grammy nomination (for Best Male Pop Vocal). Anticipation for his second full-length album was high, and when Embrya was released in 1998, it entered the charts at number three. Reviews were more mixed this time around, with some critics charging that Maxwell's ambition had crossed the line into indulgence; still, the record duplicated its predecessor's platinum sales. In 1999, Maxwell scored his biggest hit to date with the single "Fortunate," an R. Kelly composition he recorded for the soundtrack of the film Life; it was a mammoth success, ranking as the number one R&B hit of the year in Billboard magazine. Later that year, he also cut two songs for the soundtrack of The Best Man.

In August 2001, Maxwell returned with his third full-length album, Now, which was touted as a return to the more straightforwardly romantic atmosphere of his debut. It entered the album charts at number one and quickly launched a hit single in "Lifetime." Maxwell didn't resurface until 2008, when he performed Al Green's "Simply Beautiful" as part of the 2008 BET Awards. A handful of intimate performances prefaced his fourth studio album, BLACKsummers'night (the first installment in a promised trilogy of albums), released in July 2009. "Pretty Wings," its lead single, was in the Top 20 of the R&B/Hip-Hop chart within three weeks of its May release. ~ Steve Huey, Rovi
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Tears pouring down.....He messed up a good thing we had!
To my husband Seddrick, thanks for making me feel beautiful, and Maxwell thanks for bringing out the beauty in all women through your lovely songs!!!
My man! I love Maxwell! Fortunate is dedicated to my new husband Roderick! I love you baby!
I love this song so much that I love maxwell too much now
here i go again(tears) . . . . t h i s song means so much to me!!!
I love all his songs, a great talent.
Love you,,,
dldiggs
Love Maxwell. Wish he would come out with something new. R&B needs him.
Love his song fistful of tears
Thanks dainell for introducing me to maxwell music
LOVE THIS SONG,, LOVE AND BASKETBALL
charlottegou r r i e r
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Love this song.... All time favorite!
Smooth...... l o v e this song
Love love love this song! Fav
damitab5
Love this man's voice and his music. Freaking love this song. He's so damn TALENTED, a true ARTIST. So addicted to his music.
I'm still in love with this song.
............ . . . R I P Al
ccross1959
wow!! just beautiful!!
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never seen the sunshine like this....hey hey
Addicted too you have no cure but you baby
God crafted you for me born be with me all the one before me wasn't apart of your spirit.
This song gets me right in the heart....... . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
comixfan72
This is just one brotha that read the play book on how to make great music. Like Sade, he is elusive, and doesn't flood us with album after album, which makes you just want to hear his music even more.
I liked this record in stomp the yard !
jazzy,groovy , f l a v o r f u l and i like it uhhhhh!
At the end he says ain't no lady better than my man wow
Such a true artist that produces real music & actually sings about something real! Ma girl & I had a meet & greet after a concert in CT a few years ago. He saved us for last, took pics & made us feel like he appreciated us being a fan, perfect gentleman!! Forever a fan!
Absolutely smooth Soul, helps calm the Soul!....... . . . . . . . . . I n d e e d .
The joint dam it brings back good a** memory D Howard
Good music
My#1Male Artist
Music a real man can learn from .
Good song:)
Say iphone 7 times pick a color post this on two other songs
Love this ,reminds me ...
Say iPhone 7 times
Pick a color
Post this on two other songs
Look under your pillow
dhawk231
Such an amazing artist, beautiful singer, and unbelievable performer. he is life!!! If you've never seen him live - put it on your bucket list!! the best show that i have EVER seen. Adore him!!
love this song!
babyboysmith . j d s
I can't go on without you
babyboysmith . j d s
I understand I do I really do
This song is on "FLEEK"
I love this song!!!!!!!! ! Love you and leave you lost!!!!!!!
Hola
It happened the moment you were revealed.... . . . . . s o dont ever wonder
My Uncle is Wah Wah Watson and he played on a lot of records for everybody. Marvin Gaye, Jackson 5, Barry White, Rose Royce, Brian McKnight, Vanessa Williams, Herbie Hancock, Motown session player, Digable Planet, Joe Sample, Eddie Kendricks, Temptations, Maxwell, Eric Clapton, Stevie Wonder, Blondie, The Beach Boys, Pointer Sisters, And many more! He is the guy that starts off Let's Get it On!! Need I say more!!!!!
Yes.....all of that!
babyboysmith . j d s
I understood when you played this the other night Stephanie
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