Maxi Priest Is Coming To Mi-Soul
Maxi Priest is coming to Mi-SoulThis Saturday night on The Official Reggae Chart Show with Natty B, he’ll be joined by Reggae legend Maxi Priest as they discuss his career and all things Reggae, so make sure you get locked into the show this Saturday night.
The Official Reggae Chart Show with Natty B
Saturday 21st June
only on www.mi-soul.com
BioMaxi Priest was born in Lewisham, London, when his parents moved to England from Jamaica to provide more opportunity for their family and he grew up listening to gospel, reggae, R&B, and pop music. Maxi grew up listening to Jamaican greats such as Dennis Brown, John Holt, Ken Boothe and Gregory Isaacs, as well as singers like Marvin Gaye, Al Green, the Beatles, Phil Collins and Frank Sinatra.In 1987, Maxi left for Jamaica in the company of keyboard wizard Duncan Bridgeman and Mafia & Fluxy, who are the UK’s very own rhythm kings. It was in Kingston, Jamaica that he recorded his third album ‘Maxi,’ produced by Sly & Robbie in collaboration with Willie Lindo. This masterful collection yielded the hits ‘Some Guys Have All The Luck,’ ‘How Can We Ease The Pain,’ shared with Beres Hammond, and an enchanting cover of Cat Stevens’ ‘Wild World’ which went Top 5 in Britain, Top 10 in the US and also entered the country and western charts.Soon, Maxi was having hits all around the world and with records that appealed to music lovers of all persuasions. Japanese audiences especially took him to heart, and he still enjoys superstar status there. Further international acclaim came with his 1990 album ‘Bonafide, which spawned the hits ‘Just A Little Bit Longer,’ ‘Best Of Me,’ ‘Human Work Of Art,’ ‘Peace Throughout The World,’ ‘Sure Fire Love’ and ‘Close To You.’ The latter reached No. 7 in the UK, and then topped the US Billboard charts in October 1990. More than twenty years later and Maxi Priest is still the only reggae singer – from anywhere, including Jamaica – to have a No. 1 hit in America.During the mid-nineties, as reggae’s popularity increased, he co-founded the hugely influential Mad House label whilst continuing his winning streak with dee-jays. In 1996, he and Shaggy were back in the charts with ‘That Girl,’ taken from the album ‘Man With The Fun.’ It was Maxi’s fifth Top 20 hit in Britain, where his popularity has endured throughout his career. In the meantime, he and his brother Martin founded the Dug Out label, which they launched from the basement of their family house in South London.Other highlights included an exquisite cover of ‘Fields Of Gold,’ written by Sting; ‘Cry For The Children,’ which evoked the sound of Seventies’ reggae and ‘Full Hundred’ – a song co-written and produced by Maxi’s two sons, Marvin and Ryan.Maxi’s followup album ‘Refused’ was beautifully presented and again featured tracks that glistened like gold, all of them soaked in the sounds and spirit of the Caribbean. A year later, in 2008, he toured and recorded with fellow British reggae trailblazers UB40 – a partnership that resulted in the irresistible ‘Dance Until The Morning Light.’