Born June 1961 in London, Maxi Priest is best known for his reggae music with an R&B influence, which most like to call “reggae fusion”. Maxi’s family relocated to Jamaica when he was a child and he grew up listening to gospel, reggae, R&B and pop music. His music career started when he began singing on the South London reggae system. He then released a couple of independent singles and from there, his career in R&B and reggae music was born. Priest dropped his first album in 1988 which was self-titled and incuded his cover of Cat Steven’s hit, “Wild World”, earning him a spot amongst the top British reggae singers.
Priest is only one of two British reggae musicians to have a number one single on the American Billboard chart with his hit single, “Close to You” in 1990. He also achieved success on the American music charts when he teamed up with Roberta Flack and Shaggy for singles that reached in the top 20 and top 10 slots.
In Priest’s 20 year musical career, he’s worked with some of the best in the business including Sly & Robbie, Beres Hammond, Jazzie B, Shurwayne Winchester and many more.
Most recently, it was rumored that Priest would be joining the group UB40 as it’s new lead singer but those rumors were shot down when it was reported that he would only be touring and recording with the band and not actually taking on the role as the lead singer. Priest is now scheduled to perform at this years Sounds Of Reggae Concert on 12/12/12.