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Famous as :

R&B singer

Birth Name :

Maxwell Rivera

Birth Date :

May 23, 1973

Birth Place :

Brooklyn, New York, USA

Claim to fame :

Debut album "Maxwell's Urban Hang Suite" (1996)


Maxwell was born in Brooklyn, New York, on May 23, 1973. When he was just 3 years old, his father died in a plane crash. The experience of losing his father influenced his strong religious background. He spent much of his youth as a loner since he found it difficult mingling with children in his own neighborhood. His fellow classmates nicknamed him "Maxwell House Coffee" and often referred to him as "the quiet nerd who sat at the back of the classroom".

As a loner, young Maxwell spent hours in his bedroom composing a bunch of songs. In crafting the tracks, he was mostly inspired with the traditions of West Indian music he heard inside his home and hip-hop as well as early '80s soul music from the outside. "More than anything I went and found the sounds that I liked," he recalled. "I wasn't necessarily influenced by everything that was around me when I grew up, but having family from four islands in the Caribbean made for a wealth of influences."

Latest News

Alicia Keys Teams Up With Maxwell on New Sultry Track 'Fire We Make'

November 21, 2012 04:13:21 GMT

Superstar singer, keyboardist, and songwriter dishes out yet another awesome track, "Fire We Make", from her much-awaited fifth solo studio album, "", which is set for release on November 27. This time, Keys teams up with neo soul musician who adds that extra sexy "umpf" to the song.

2011 NAACP Image Awards Nominees in Music

January 13, 2011 02:33:16 GMT

Nominees of the 42nd Annual NAACP Image Awards were announced at the Paley Center for Media in Beverly Hills Los Angeles, California on Wednesday, January 12. Coming to the press conference to help read those vying for the awards were , , , Kimberly Elise and .

Maxwell Delays New Album Release

May 28, 2010 07:32:41 GMT

Soul star has been forced to delay the release of his new album - because 2009 "" is still a big hit with fans. The singer's last release - his first in eight years - was critically acclaimed and was named Best R&B Album at the 2010 Grammy Awards.

Lady GaGa, Justin Bieber and More Up for 'TODAY' Concert Series

April 14, 2010 07:40:01 GMT

The line-up of this year's "TODAY" show's summer concert series has been announced. , , , and are some of the musical guests listed on the bill.

Full Music Winners List of 41st NAACP Image Awards

February 27, 2010 04:46:43 GMT

One of the musicians coming home victorious the 2010 NAACP (National Association for the Advancement of Colored People) Image Awards was . The singer walked home with two coveted prizes, leading winners list in the music field.

52nd Grammys: Taylor Swift Wins Top Honor, Album of the Year

February 01, 2010 04:51:33 GMT

adds another Golden Gramophone to her trophy collection as she picks up Album of the Year. The announcement is made by who takes the stage of Staples Center with the companion of .

Muse's 'Resistance' Music Video Arrives in Full

January 15, 2010 03:20:42 GMT

The "Resistance" music video take 's fans to one of the band's concerts during their 2009 tour. Directed by Wayne Isham, it documents the time concertgoers were lining up to get tickets and be the first to get inside the concert venue. Then, it rolls the footage of the band's live performance.

Justin Bieber and Miley Cyrus Added to Presenters Line-Up of 2010 Grammys

January 15, 2010 02:50:34 GMT

After revealing via Twitter that , , , and will be presenting awards at the 52nd Annual Grammys, organizers issued a press release announcing and will be joining the already star-studded presenters ensemble. The "" singer and "" star will hand out trophies at a gala ceremony on January 31.

Eli Roth's Foot Swelled After Stung By Sea Urchins

January 07, 2010 07:50:21 GMT

Actor-director was left in agony during a festive vacation to Mexico - after he was engulfed in waves while kayaking and then stung 200 times by sea urchins. The "" star was one mile (1.6 kilometres) from shore when he was pulled under by a sinkhole off the coast of Careyes 10 days ago, December 27, 2009.

'Precious' Grabs Eight Nominations for NAACP Image Awards

January 07, 2010 07:21:40 GMT

Lee Daniels' new film "" will lead the way at the upcoming NAACP (The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People) Image Awards - after winning eight nominations. "Precious" earned nods for director Daniels, star and supporting actors , , and . It was also nominated for outstanding motion picture and outstanding independent film.

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