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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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POWERFULL WORDS!★★★★★★
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DAM! Good music 4, dat s.o.s 2,make love 2,maxwell did it on this track wordup! S.dagemini
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Maxwell is my absolute favorite.
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Do you prefer your roses blue? I wasn't tryna get in your trousers, I was just tryna get into you....


GO ON MAXWELL!!!
Come back to STAPLES CNTR!!! PLeASE?!!
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RadInc.can set the mood for smooth sailing
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I love this man sooo much.....!!! ! ! ! ! ....what an awesome song....am his number one fan......!
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im just thirteen years old with a soul of a 67 year old woman in witch i do thank god for the mind tht he gave me but, all this to say I LOVE THIS SONG!!!!!!!! ! ! ! ! !
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Is anyone else having issues with the system SKIPPING SONGS????
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This one make a lady reel special & needed , make say this again & again
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Yes cause I don't want come back and do this s**t again.
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Love to be love like that..
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Make you feel so good inside ooh
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Maxwell an awesome talent.... A must see in concert not to be missed...A bad Man!!
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Maxwell can sing no wrong
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This is such a beautiful ballad. Makes me think of my grandmother who passed May 6, 2014. I miss and love you Grandma Honey. Rip sweet lady.
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This dude is bad people ,check him out in concert
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galberry
I love anything he sings
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sizzzla2
This ENTIRE album is his best work IMO. Embrya has some great music that I often listen to from beginning to end. I was surprised to hear it wasn't well received by his fans. Everwanting is a great start of the album!
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Maxwell is a soulstirrer
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Old Peggy
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Maxwell is a beast. I love his music.
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Maxwell ,wow dude yes
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This man ooh yes, lord have mercy wow
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Love his music
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let love set you free to spread your pretty wings around
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The s**t !
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Awesome live show
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ashlei_jacks o n
LOL!:)
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shawnda_wash i n g t o n
:~>
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I love this beautiful man
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donne1212
Nasty photo
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This is a good album
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Omg I can't believe that me and this man have the same birthday ������ Sooooooooooo o o cool
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Saw Maxwell this March at Jazz in the Gardens in Miami, Fl. LOVE HIM!!!!!!!!! ! ! !
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Incredible and wonderful!!! I completely love Maxwell! !
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Always gets me going when I hear your voice
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Can't stop thinking,thi n k i n g . . . . . . .
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Fortunate to have Maxwell calling out in this world....so mighty mighty
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Good song for all of those love the grown and sex
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Loooovvee
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I love him
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Leave this song!
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I love you song I think about it. 24/7
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MAXWELL YOU DO A WONDERFUL JOB WHEN SINGING SIMPLY BEAUTIFUL BY AL GREEN THAT IS MY SONG AL SHOULD HAVE GAVE IT TO YOU FOR ME.I FEEL EVERY BIT OF THAT SONG COMING FROM YOU
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I love this its so real and I can relate to this song
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:)
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His style screams freak, lol
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My dog
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He is so sexy, voice, looks, style, everything
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Yeah he has old soul, always loved his music...
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