In concert, the singer and songwriter is lauded for his impeccable vocals, his connection to his audience and the sheer physicality of his performance. Last summer, at the Essence Festival in New Orleans, AOL's "Black Voices" wrote "[T]his night belonged to Maxwell…a perfect show. From the set's beginning until its end, the audience sang along to every note, every lyric, and every riff as the balladeer performed some of his biggest hits and crowd favorites."
On his last tour, the NY Post observed that he "became the quintessential soul brother… half singing, half preaching as if he were possessed by the spirit of Sam Cooke."
MAXWELL began redefining classic soul music for a new generation with the release of his critically-acclaimed debut album, ‘Maxwell's Urban Hang Suite,’ in April 1996. Fueled in part by the RIAA gold single, "Ascension (Don't Ever Wonder)," the Grammy-nominated ‘Maxwell's Urban Hang Suite’ achieved double platinum status. MAXWELL followed up with his ‘MTV Unplugged’ EP, released in July 1997. His second full-length album, ‘Embrya,’ was released in June 1998. MAXWELL’s 2009 album, the “unapologetically deep” (LA Times) ‘BLACKsummers’night’ ignited the charts and debuted at No. 1, winning him two Grammys and another platinum award. To date, MAXWELL has achieved 12 gold and platinum certifications from the RIAA for his albums and singles.
Opening Act: Kevin Ross