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Bio : Maxwell
Maxwell has artfully managed to transfix music lovers for more than two decades, releasing four studio albums, all in his own time - all duly anointed as classics. The soul singer redefined soul music in April of 1996 when he released his critically acclaimed debut on Columbia, 'Maxwell's Urban Hang Suite.' It earned Grammy nominations, double platinum status and RIAA gold for the single, "Ascension (Don't Ever Wonder)." The platinum albums 'Embrya' (1998) and 'Now' (2001) followed. After eight years, 2009's 'BLACKsummers'night' debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 and won two Grammys, including Best R&B Album. To date, Maxwell has achieved 13 gold and platinum certifications from the RIAA.
The Grammy winner's latest album ‘blackSUMMERS’night,’ the second installment of his musical trilogy encompassing his 20+ year career, garnered praise from Rolling Stone, NPR, SPIN, Complex, & more, and earned him his third-Grammy (Best R&B Song for “Lake By The Ocean”), an NAACP Image Award (Outstanding Male Artist), and a Soul Train Award (Best R&B/Soul Male Artist). He was also nominated for a 2018 NAACAP Award in the Outstanding Music Video/Visual Album category for his Philip Andelman-directed video for "Gods."
Maxwell’s ambitious ‘BLACKSUMMERS'NIGHT' trilogy began with ‘BLACK’ in 2009 complete with his sultry smash “Pretty Wings.” The second installment, ‘SUMMERS,’ released in 2016 and named Pitchfork’s Best New Music, featured the 2017 Best R&B Song GRAMMY winner “Lake by the Ocean.” The two albums have earned Maxwell seven GRAMMY nominations and three wins, spanning 10 years.
In October 2018, the Brooklyn-born soul legend returned with new single, “Shame,” which marked the long-awaited “blacksummers’NIGHT,” the third installment of his trailblazing trilogy. The music video for “Shame,” directed by famous film duo Bush + Renz, is a brilliant display of black beauty.