Maxi Priest

Genres: Reggae
Descriptive "tags": reggae smooth reggae pop lovers rock rnb Powered by AudioScrobbler
Decades Active: 1980s 1990s 2000s
Artist Compilations: Roberta Flack & Maxi Priest
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Biography

Max Alfred Elliott, 10 June 1962, Lewisham, London, England. Former carpenter Maxi Priest established himself as a hugely successful crossover reggae artist in the late 80s. Named by his mother after her fondness for Max Bygraves, Elliott took his new name upon his conversion to Rastafarianism (from Priest Levi, one of the figureheads of the 12 tribes of Israel). He made his initial music industry breakthrough by employing his artisan’s skills in building sound systems. He went on to tour with Saxon International, the UK’s premier reggae assembly, where he rubbed shoulders with Peter King, Phillip Papa Levi, Smiley Culture and Asher Senator. He made his name and reputation as a ‘singing’ DJ, vocalizing improvised observations over prime 70s roots music, but he soon progressed to a more soulful style that was captured by producer Paul Robinson (aka Barry Boom) on his debut, You’re Safe. After recording this album, he began a run of hits in...

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