The well known musician, record producer, and actor Maxwell was born as Gerald Maxwell Rivera on May 23rd, 1973 in Brooklyn, New York. He is most commonly credited as shaping a part of R&B known as “neo soul” which rose to prominence during the late 1990s.
Maxwell began his career performing on the New York City club circuit. He used his earnings and tips from waiting tables to record a demo. Throughout the next few years, he recorded more than 300 songs and played venues across New York City. These performances gained much popularity and led to him being signed by Columbia Records in 1994 where he began working on his debut album.
- “Maxwell’s Urban Hang Suite” was released in 1996 and debuted at No. 38 on the Billboard R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart.
- Maxwell released “BLACKsummers’night” in 2009. The album was lauded by critics and it was a commercial success, debuting at No. 1 on the Billboard 200. It is one of his most popular albums as it includes “Pretty Wings” and “Bad Habits.”
- In 2010, Maxwell was nominated for six Grammy Awards, including “Song of the Year. “BLACKsummers’night” earned Maxwell his first Grammy Awards, one for Best R&B Album and one for Best Male R&B Vocal Performance for “Pretty Wings.”