Born 23 May 1973.


Gerald Maxwell Rivera, known as Maxwell is a Grammy award-winning American singer-songwriter, record producer and multi-instrumentalist. His music spans R&B, funk and soul, but he is best known as one of the exemplars of the subgenre neo-soul movement of the latter 1990s. After a successful debut album Maxwell's Urban Hang Suite, he released Embrya, Now and a live album MTV Unplugged. After an eight-year hiatus, he returned with the platinum-selling BLACKsummers'night, the first of a trilogy. He has received 12 Grammy nominations with two wins.

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BBC Reviews

  1. Review of BLACKsummers'night

    BLACKsummers'night 2009

    Reviewed by Daryl Easlea
    It's one of the best things you'll hear all year.
  2. Review of Now

    Now 2001

    Reviewed by Daryl Easlea
    Maxwell’s third and, for many, his best album.
  3. Review of Maxwell's Urban Hang Suite

    Maxwell's Urban Hang Suite 1996

    Reviewed by Daryl Easlea
    The album is sophisticated, accessible R&B
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