How much is Maxwell worth?
|Net Worth:||$10 Million|
|Date of Birth:||May 23, 1973|
|Country:||United States of America|
“I didn’t expect it to be so long, but I can’t tell you how great it was … anonymity is a very special thing.” — Maxwell, regarding his long hiatus from music.
Who Is Maxwell
Maxwell’s lineage is a mixture of Puerto Rican and black Caribbean. He was born and raised in New York, and when he was just three years old, his father died in a plane crash. As a result, Maxwell grew up shy and turned to religion. He first began singing in his Baptist church and became serious about music in the early ’90s when he was 17.
It was at this time that he began writing his own songs using an inexpensive Casio keyboard that a friend gave him. Among his first non-spiritual musical influences was early-’80s R&B; like Patrice Rushen, SOS Band and Rose Royce. By 1991, he was performing on New York’s club scene.
Real name: Gerald Maxwell Rivera Born: May 23, 1973 in Brooklyn, NY. Raised in New York City.
A perfomer by night, Maxwell waited tables by day. Eventually he recorded a demo tape and in 1994 he was signed by Columbia Records and began working on his debut release. The album, which was eventually named Maxwell’s Urban Hang Suite, is a concept album that follows an adult romance from first encounter to its last. After it was finished, however, Columbia had doubts about the album’s potential and shelved it for over a year. It was finally released in February 1996, but was initially slow to gain interest. Eventually though, the album’s songs caught on and Urban Hang Suite went on to sell over two million copies.
The follow-up to Urban Hang Suite, the live, seven-song EP MTV Unplugged, was released in July 1997. The album sold over half a million copies and his next two albums, 1998’s Embrya and 2001’s Now, both sold over a million copies each. But after Now, Maxwell took a six-year break from the music business before starting to record new music. When asked about the long hiatus during interviews, he’s said he just needed a break from the music business. His fourth studio release, which came out in July 2009, is part of a planned trilogy of albums called BLACKsummers’night.
It was a long eight years between Maxwell’s third studio album, Now and his fourth one, BLACKsummers’night (released in the U.S. on July 7, 2009), but the good news for his loyal fans is that the musical drought was worth the wait. It may or may not go down in history as one of Maxwell’s best albums, but BLACKsummers’night is easily and by far one of the best albums of the year. Everything that his fans have come to love about Maxwell – his delicate vocals, his lush song arrangements, his talent for songwriting – are all still fully intact. The one problem is that it’s not as innovative as his earlier material.
Maxwell’s biggest problem on BLACKsummers’night is that he was away for so long that upon his return, many fans had built up urealistically high expectations for his next project. It was fair to assume that since he was gone for so long that he must have taken his time in the studio making sure that this labor of love was his best, most ambitious project yet. But in fact, the album is almost ordinary by the standard Maxwell’s music is judged by. That said, Maxwell is one of those artists who’s judged by a higher standard than most R&B; singers, because his body of work has been so much better than most. Highly creative artists like him, Prince and a few others all are expected to top themselves and set the music industry on it’s ear every time they drop an album. Well, although BLACKsummers’night doesn’t quite do that, it’s maybe the best R&B; album you’ll hear all year.
This album is more rooted in standard Soul music and isn’t as artsy or experimental as his first three albums, but that doesn’t make it inferior to the albums that came before it. There are no elaborate – some might say pretentious – song titles like “Submerge: Til We Become The Sun” (from his 1998 album Embrya) and the songs are less esoteric and more straightforward. An example is the upbeat, soaring, “Love You,” where Maxwell sings “Let me be anything you want me to be, baby let me love you/Show you exactly what you mean to me, baby let me love you,” with a directness and urgency in his voice.
A Welcome Return
The chief highlight is the delicate “Pretty Wings,” a wind chime-laced romantic ode to meeting the right girl at the wrong time. “Had to fill out my prescription, found the remedy, I had to set you free,” he sings. Another highlight is the second track, a funky number called “Cold,” wherein Maxwell sings about leaving his lover, then her making his life hell because of it. “Global warming ain’t got nothin’ on this chick, she’s not to play with/You can’t just leave this, you can’t just think that you can quit this/She’ll make you regret this, she’s on top and she means business,” he sings over a sparse beat of horns, hand claps and light percussion.
The album’s drawback are minor: chief among them is that there’s only nine songs. BLACKsummers’night is the first in a planned trilogy of albums, with the second and final chapters, blackSUMMERS’night and blacksummers’NIGHT, planned for 2010 and 2011, respectively. So the first chapter doesn’t quite feel like a complete album, despite the fact five songs are over four minutes long and one of them – “Bad Habits” – being nearly six minutes. Hopefully when all is said and done, the three albums will be collected into one edition at some point. The other drawback is that some songs lack the raw, youthful emotion found on his early couple of albums. He never sounds like he’s just going through the motions here, but on a few tracks, his cool sophistication could be mistaken for cold detachment. But overall, Maxwell’s return is a welcome change from the mediocrity that’s infected much of today’s R&B; and Soul music.
Maxwell is the singer’s middle name. He has said that he does not use his real name in order to protect his family’s privacy.
Despite being a highly respected artist, as of mid-2009, Maxwell has never won a Grammy award.
There have been rumors for years that he is gay or bisexual, however Maxwell has neither confirmed or denied most of the rumors about his sexuality. But he has frequently, however, talked about dating women.
Although he was raised in Brooklyn, Maxwell now lives in Manhattan.