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Maxwell (born in Brooklyn, New York on May 23, 1973) is a Grammy Award Winning American R&B artist. He was enormously important in defining and shaping the soul sub-genre, neo-soul, over the latter half of the ’90s. He recorded some of the most ambitious R&B of his time, becoming wildly popular and often earning critical raves in the process. What was more, his recurring theme of romantic monogamy set him apart from the vast majority of his bump’n’grind lover-man contemporaries.

Maxwell capitalized on his breakthrough with the MTV Unplugged EP, taken from his live MTV performance. It attracted attention and acclaim outside the R&B community with the left-field cover choices “This Woman’s Work” (by Kate Bush) and “Closer” (by Nine Inch Nails). Additionally, the ‘MTV Unplugged’ version of “Whenever, Wherever, Whatever” earned him another Grammy nomination (for Best Male Pop Vocal). Anticipation for his second full-length album was high, and when Embrya was released in 1998, it entered the charts at number three. Reviews were more mixed this time around, with some critics charging that Maxwell’s ambition had crossed the line into indulgence; still, the record duplicated its predecessor’s platinum sales.

Maxwell adopted his middle name as his stage moniker, keeping his real identity a closely guarded secret out of concern for his family’s privacy.

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