Maxwell

He has been credited with helping to shape what has been termed the “Neo Soul” movement that rose to prominence during the late 1990’s ,  Along with fellow musicians D’Angelo and Erykah Badu

Drawing his greatest inspiration from the concept of the R&B auteur (looking to artists like Prince, Marvin Gaye, Stevie Wonder, etc.) 

This Is The Story of R&B Singer , Maxwell.

 

A fair-skinned black man with a straw hat, a green shirt, and ruby sunglasses smiling towards the camera; eyes to the right

Gerald Maxwell Rivera  was born May 23, 1973, known mononymously as Maxwell, an American singer-songwriter, record producer, and multi-instrumentalist . 

Maxwell was born in Brooklyn, New York, the son of a Haitian mother and a Puerto Rican father. His mother grew up in a devout Baptist household in Haiti. Maxwell’s father died in a plane crash when Maxwell was three years old

After receiving a low-cost Casio keyboard from a friend, the Brooklyn, New York-native began composing music at age 17. Already a fan of what he described as “jheri curl soul”, which was the trademark of early 1980’s R&B acts such as Patrice Rushen, S.O.S. Band and Rose Royce, Maxwell began to teach himself to play a variety of instruments.

According to him, the R&B of the early 1980’s contained “the perfect combination of computerized instrumentation with a live feel”, and that the genre’s dynamics later became lost due to the influence of hip hop on R&B.

During facing ridicule from classmates for being shy and awkward, he progressed and continued to develop his musical abilities, and he also adopted the look of a more bohemian style outwardly in his clothing, growing long sideburns and letting his hair grow out wildly and combed in an extreme style, or sometimes putting his hair in long thin braids .

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Discography

Tours

Headlining
Co-headlining

50 Intimate Night (2018)

Cancelled tours
  • MaxwellTwoNight (2012)

Awards and nominations

American Music Award
 
Year Nominee / work Award Result
2009 Maxwell Favorite Soul/R&B Male Artist Nominated
BET Awards
 
Year Nominee / work Award Result
2001 Maxwell Best Male R&B Artist Nominated
2002 Maxwell Best Male R&B Artist Nominated
2010 Maxwell Best Male R&B Artist Nominated
Centric Award Nominated
Grammy Award
 
Year Nominee / work Award Result
1997 Maxwell’s Urban Hang Suite Best R&B Album Nominated
1998 “Whenever Wherever Whatever” Best Male Pop Vocal Performance Nominated
1999 Matrimony: Maybe You Best Male R&B Vocal Performance Nominated
Embrya Best R&B Album Nominated
2000 Fortunate Best Male R&B Vocal Performance Nominated
2002 Lifetime Best Male R&B Vocal Performance Nominated
2010 Pretty Wings Song of the Year Nominated
Best Male R&B Vocal Performance Won
Best R&B Song Nominated
“Love You” Best Male Pop Vocal Performance Nominated
“Phoenix Rise” Best Pop Instrumental Performance Nominated
BLACKsummers’night Best R&B Album Won
2017 Lake by the Ocean Best R&B Song Won
MTV Video Music Award
 
Year Nominee / work Award Result
2002 This Woman’s Work Breakthrough Video Nominated
NAACP Image Awards
 
Year Nominee / work Award Result
1997 Maxwell Outstanding New Artist Nominated
2010 Maxwell Outstanding Male Artist Won
Pretty Wings Outstanding Music Video Nominated
Outstanding Song Nominated
Bad Habits Outstanding Song Nominated
BLACKsummers’night Outstanding Album Nominated
2011 Fistful of Tears Outstanding Music Video Nominated
Outstanding Song Nominated
2014 Fire We Make Outstanding Duo or Group Nominated
Outstanding Music Video Nominated
Outstanding Song Nominated
2017 Maxwell Outstanding Male Artist Won
Lake by the Ocean Outstanding Traditional Song Nominated
2018 “Gods” Outstanding Music Video Nominated
Soul Train Music Awards
 
Year Nominee / work Award Result
1997 Maxwell Best New Artist Won
Ascension (Don’t Ever Wonder) Best R&B/Soul Single – Male Won
Maxwell’s Urban Hang Suite Best R&B/Soul Album – Male Won
1998 MTV Unplugged Best R&B/Soul Album – Male Nominated
1999 Embrya Best R&B/Soul Album – Male Nominated
2000 Fortunate Best R&B/Soul Single – Male Won
2003 This Woman’s Work Best R&B/Soul Single – Male Nominated
2009 Maxwell Best R&B/Soul Male Artist Won
Pretty Wings Best Song of the Year Nominated
The Ashford & Simpson Songwriter’s Award Nominated
BLACKsummers’night Best Album of the Year Nominated
2013 Fire We Make The Ashford & Simpson Songwriter’s Award Nominated
Best Collaboration Nominated
2016 Maxwell Best R&B/Soul Male Artist Won

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