Maxwell, an American R&B singer, consists of five studio albums and sixteen singles. In the Beginnings, after receiving a low-cost Casio keyboard from a friend, the Brooklyn, New York-native began composing music at age 17. Raised in the borough's East New York-section, Maxwell's previous musical experience included his beginnings as a singer in the congregation of his Baptist church, which had become an integral part of his life after the death of his father in a plane crash. Already a fan of what he described as "jheri curl soul", which was the trademark of early 1980s 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 1980s 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. Despite 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 dreads.

Maxwell's Urban Hang Suite the album was slow to obtain commercial interest. On 20 April 1996, the album made its chart debut at number 38 on the Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart. From August to October 1996, Maxwell's Urban Hang Suite experienced chart growth on both the Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums and Billboard 200, peaking at number eight on the former and at number 36 on the latter. It spent seventy-eight weeks on the Billboard 200 chart. It became a Top 30 hit in the United Kingdom. The album was later ranked as one of the year's top-10 best albums by Time, Rolling Stone and USA Today. and was also nominated for a Grammy Award for Best R&B Album at the 39th Grammy Awards, losing the award to The Tony Rich Project's Words.

The album spawned four singles. The first single released, "...Til the Cops Come Knockin'", debuted on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles & Tracks at number 87 in May 1996. Peaking at number 79, the single spent 12 weeks on the chart.

The second single, "Ascension (Don't Ever Wonder)", debuted on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles & Tracks in August 1996 at number 11, eventually peaking number eight. It spent eighteen weeks on the Billboard Hot 100, peaking at number 36 on 28 September 1996. The third single, "Sumthin' Sumthin'", peaked at number 22 on the Hot Dance Music/Maxi-Singles Sales. The album's fourth single, "Suitelady (The Proposal Jam)", entered the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Airplay component chart in May 1997, peaking at number 64.

Maxwell's second studio album, Embrya, was released in early 1998, and upon its release it was panned by contemporary music critics. The album received mixed criticism for its more "indulgent sound. Despite the negative press, the album sold more than one million copies and garnered Maxwell a new alternative fanbase, but confounded the traditional urban consumers. On 26 May 1999, the album was officially certified platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA). Embrya was nominated for a Grammy Award for Best R&B Album, losing to fellow neo-soul artist Erykah Badu's Baduizm (1997). Later in the year he released "Fortunate", a single written by R. Kelly and featured on the soundtrack for the 1999 film Life. The single peaked at number one on Billboard magazine's Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles and Tracks chart. To date, the song is Maxwell's most successful single and was Billboard's number-one R&B single of 1999.

Now, Maxwell's third album, was released on 14 August 2001 on Columbia Records in the United States. Following the lukewarm radio success of his previous album, Maxwell has stated he felt more comfortable with his artistic direction in the creation of his new album, which does not exhibit his previous work's conceptual style. The album sold over 296,000 units in the U.S. in the first week, according to SoundScan, to earn him his first-ever number one album.

The second single off the album, "This Woman's Work", a live staple of Maxwell's, charted at number 58 on the Billboard Hot 100 and at number 16 on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart. Once again, despite some criticism towards Maxwell's songwriting, La Weekly stated "Now is a disappointment in the wake of 1996’s Maxwell’s Urban Hang Suite and its 1998 follow-up, Embrya." Now received generally positive reviews from music critics, based on an aggregate score of 78/100 from Metacritic. The album also served as Maxwell's last release before quietly entering a self-imposed an almost seven-year hiatus from performing, and no tour was planned to support the album.

The album BLACKsummers'night was released on 7 July 2009 and received universal acclaim from music critics. Commercially the album was a success, debuting at number one on the US Billboard 200 chart in July 2009, with first-week sales of 316,000 copies, serving as Maxwell's highest first-week sales. The album produced four singles. The lead single "Pretty Wings" debuted at number one on the US Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart, ultimately spending 47 weeks on the chart. It also spent 18 weeks and peaked at number 33 on the Hot 100 and at number 12 on its Radio Songs component chart. The second single, "Bad Habits", peaked at number four on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs, spending 46 weeks on the chart. It peaked at number 71 on the Hot 100, at number 38 on the Radio Songs chart, and at number 16 on the Hot Dance Club Songs chart.

The third single "Cold" spent one week at number 62 on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs. The album's fourth single "Fistful of Tears" spent 24 weeks on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs, peaking at number 11. It charted at number 94 on the Hot 100 and at number 63 on the Radio Songs chart. Maxwell received six nominations for the 2010 Grammy Awards, winning "Best R&B Album" for BLACKsummers'night and "Best Male R&B Vocal Performance" for "Pretty Wings". "Pretty Wings" was nominated for the "Song of the Year" which was written by Maxwell under his publishing moniker Musze.

On 18 December 2014, Maxwell announced on the social media site Twitter the second installment of his trilogy blackSUMMERS'night would be arriving sometime in winter 2015. On 7 April 2016, Maxwell released his first solo single in 6 years titled "Lake by the Ocean", and also revealed his long-awaited fifth album blackSUMMERS'night.[58] He performed it on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert on May 5, 2016. It was his first television performance in seven years. The full-length album was released on 1 July  2016.

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Albums Studio albums blackSUMMERS'night (2016 Label: Columbia Records), BLACKsummers'night (2009 Label: Columbia Records), Now (2001 Label: Columbia Records), Embrya (1998 Label: Columbia Records), Maxwell's Urban Hang Suite (1996 Label: Columbia Records). Extended plays MTV Unplugged (Live EP) (1997 Label: Columbia Records). Singles

"Lake by the Ocean" (2016 Album blackSUMMERS'night), "1990x" (2016 Album blackSUMMERS'night), "Pretty Wings" (2009 Album BLACKsummers'night), "Bad Habits" (2009 Album BLACKsummers'night), "Cold" (2009 Album BLACKsummers'night), "Fistful of Tears" (2009 Album BLACKsummers'night), "This Woman's Work" (2002 Album Now), "Get to Know Ya" (2001 Album Now), "Lifetime" (2001 Album Now), "Let's Not Play the Game" (1999 Album The Best Man OST), "Fortunate" (1999 Album Life OST),  "Luxury: Cococure" (1998 Album Embrya), "Matrimony: Maybe You" (1998 Album Embrya), "Suitelady (The Proposal Jam)" (1997 Album Maxwell's Urban Hang Suite), "This Woman's Work" (Live) (1997 Album MTV Unplugged), "Whenever, Wherever, Whatever" (1997 Album MTV Unplugged), "Ascension (Don't Ever Wonder)" (1996 Album Maxwell's Urban Hang Suite), "Sumthin' Sumthin'" (1996 Album Maxwell's Urban Hang Suite), "Til the Cops Come Knockin'" (1996 Album Maxwell's Urban Hang Suite).

Album appearances

"Fire We Make" (Alicia Keys featuring Maxwell) (2012 Album Girl on Fire), "Smile" (The Alchemist featuring Maxwell & Twista) (2009 Album Chemical Warfare), "No One Else in the Room" (Nas featuring Maxwell) (2004 Album Street's Disciple), "Softly Softly" (Sweetback featuring Maxwell) (1996 Album Sweetback).

Soundtrack appearances

Stomp the Yard ("This Woman's Work") (2007), Little Man ("Purple Haze") (2006), Love & Basketball ("This Woman's Work") (2000), The Best Man ("Let's Not Play the Game", "As My Girl") (1999), Life ("Fortunate") (1999), Love Jones ("Sumthin' Sumthin' Mellosmoothe (Cut)") (1997).

Other works Cottonbelly NYC Sessions ("Luxury") (2004), Red Hot + Rio ("Seguranca") (1996).

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