Maxwell, the platinum soul star known for his show-stopping performances, has announced the 35+ date "Summer Soulstice" tour this June, July and August 2014, his first major dates since...Expand
Maxwell, the platinum soul star known for his show-stopping performances, has announced the 35+ date "Summer Soulstice" tour this June, July and August 2014, his first major dates since 2010.
In concert, the singer and songwriter is lauded for his impeccable vocals, his connection to his audience and the sheer physicality of his performance. In the summer of 2013, 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 Chicago Tribune wrote that Maxwell "worked his band like Cab Calloway or James Brown, the horns slicing and dicing with Ginsu-knife precision, a Hammond organ taking us to church, the drums peppering everything with syncopated beats” while 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." The Atlanta Journal Constitution said "within mere seconds, Maxwell was turning up the heat -- running up and down stairs on the set, sliding across the floor."
In 1996, the then 23-year old Brooklyn born phenomenon took the music world by storm with his debut, "Urban Hang Suite". The critically acclaimed CD received a Grammy nomination for Best R&B Album and went on to achieve double platinum status. Maxwell's MTV: Unplugged (1997) achieved gold status. He was heralded as the future of soul music and proved his staying power when he followed up with 1998's platinum seller "Embrya". In 1999 Maxwell's single, "Fortunate" (off of the LIFE soundtrack) became Billboard magazine's number one hit of the year. Maxwell's third album, "Now" (2001) debuted at #1 on the Billboard Top 200 Album Chart; selling 300,000 copies its maiden week and eventually also reaching double platinum status. The album was appropriately described by Entertainment Weekly as "A velvetined gauntlet thrown at the feet of today's bling-bling-obsessed R&B pack."