Maxwell is a singer-songwriter, producer, and musician from the United States.
Maxwell began composing music when he was seventeen years old. He began writing and performing his own music all throughout New York City, and by 1991, he had established a strong following in the NYC club scene.
He rented a 24-track recording studio and began making demo tapes of his music. He shared the demo tape with his pals, and his formal debut live performance at Manhattan's nightclub Nell's garnered a sizable crowd.
He proceeded to play and generate interest and buzz for his songs, earning the nickname "The Next Prince" from a writer for Vibe magazine.
In 1994, he signed with Columbia Records amid much fanfare and began work on his debut album, "Maxwell's Urban Hang Suite." The company, however, had reservations about the album's commercial feasibility, and it was not released until 1996.
The album debuted at No. 38 on the Top R&B charts, after a poor start in terms of commercial success.The album then grew in popularity on the Billboard 200, peaking at No. 36 after spending 78 weeks on the list.
"Maxwell's Urban Hang Suite" became a UK top 30 success and was named one of Rolling Stone and Time magazines' top 10 albums of the year.
The album's second single, "Ascension (Don't Ever Wonder)," was a huge smash, and it went on to sell over 2 million copies and earn a Grammy nomination.
MTV observed Maxwell's success and requested him to tape an episode of "MTV Unplugged" in New York City, in which he sang his own songs as well as popular interpretations of songs like NIN's "Closer" and Kate Bush's "This Woman's Work." On July 22, 1997, the concert special broadcast.
"Embrya," his second album, was published in 1998, followed by "Now," which topped the Billboard Album and R&B Album charts in 1999. Then came the release of "BLACKsummers'night," which received six Grammy nods.
In April 2016, he released "Lake by the Ocean," his first solo song in six years. Then came the release of his long-awaited fifth album. It debuted at No. 3 on the Billboard 200 and was well-received by critics.
On May 5, 2016, he played "Lake by the Ocean" on the Late Show with Stephen Colbert for the first time in seven years.
In 2018, he released the track "Shame," which he described as a preview of his future album "Night," the third and final component of his three-part trilogy. In September 2019, he performed at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts for a four-night concert series.
His career brings him great income.
Maxwell's net worth is currently estimated at $10 million.
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