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  • Hailed as one of the founders of the neo-soul movement of the 1990s, along with D'Angelo and Erykah Badu.
  • Before his big break in the music business he worked as a waiter in restaurants in New York. (He was not a good waiter, he acknowledges.)
  • His father, who died in a place crash when he was 3, was Puerto Rican, and his mother is Haitian.
  • To protect his family's privacy, he took on his middle name as a stage name.
  • Started writing songs at 17 and taught himself to play keyboards and guitar.
  • He was signed to Columbia in 1994 and recorded his debut album, Maxwell's Urban Hang Suite, that year, but due to label management changes, it was not released until 1996.
  • His debut album celebrates committed monogamy and was inspired by an intense and brief love affair.
  • His influences include Marvin Gaye, Prince, Al Green and Leon Ware.
  • For most of the 2000s, he was out of the limelight and did not release a CD from 2001 until '09. He spent the time, he said, reading, playing piano, and, not surprisingly (as he is a ladies' favorite), dating. 
  • His "comeback" 2009 CD, BLACKsummers'night, drew critical raves and topped the R&B charts.


  • 2009, Grammy — Best Male R&B Vocal Performance: Winner
  • 2016, Grammy — Best R&B Song: Winner
  • 2009, Grammy — Best R&B Album: Winner


  • Birth Place: Brooklyn, New York, United States
  • Profession: Singer, songwriter, recording artist

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