Maxi Priest In Interview Tuesday 11am EST
Written by sessions on October 12, 2020
This Tuesday, join Mixmaster J in interview with the Grammy award winning Reggae artist, Maxi Priest
Priest’s musical career began with him singing on the South London reggae soundsystem Saxon Studio International, after which some independent single releases followed. His first major album, Maxi (titled Maxi Priest in the US and Canada), was released in 1988, and, along with his cover of Cat Stevens’ “Wild World”, established him as one of the top British reggae singers.
He is one of only two British reggae acts (along with UB40) to have an American Billboard number one: “Close to You” in 1990. A duet with Roberta Flack, “Set the Night to Music”, reached the American Top Ten in 1991. His duet with Shaggy in 1996, “That Girl”, was also a hit in the United States, peaking at number twenty.
In the latter half of his recording career, Priest has favoured working alongside other artists, both established and up-and-coming. He has worked with Sly and Robbie, Shaggy, Beres Hammond, Jazzie B, Apache Indian, Roberta Flack, Shurwayne Winchester, Shabba Ranks and Lee Ritenour.
Maxi will be discussing his latest project, United State of Mind featuring Robin Trower, & Livingstone Brown. After a chance meeting in Livingstone Brown’s studio in Brixton, UK, this unlikely trio hit it off. All directly influenced by soul & gospel, and have a deep appreciation for music and share a passion for all genres.
These three legendary artists are singer/songwriter Maxi Priest, (“Close to you”, Wild World” and the album “Bonafide”) guitarist Robin Trower, (Album Bridge of Sighs), and producer/mix engineer and musician Livingstone Brown (Tina Turner, Kylie Minogue, Corrine Bailey Rae, The Waterboys, Bill Withers). Born just 2 miles apart, Robin in Catford and Maxi in Lewisham along with Livingstone from Nottingham, are all from humble beginnings, and have gone on to enjoy glittering world-wide careers. Maxi Priest has been a pioneer for the UK by achieving several top tens at home and worldwide including the US Billboard charts. He’s had numerous number one hits and has also received multiple Grammy nominations, selling millions across the world. Not a stranger to duets and crossing genres, Maxi and Roberta Flack’s timeless classic “Set the Night to music” achieved top 10 status on three of Billboard’s charts. In 1993, Maxi also teamed up with Jazz guitarist Lee Ritenoir on “Waiting in Vain” which found Maxi at #1 on the Billboard Jazz Charts.
Robin Trower’s album “Bridge Of Sighs” has sold millions of albums worldwide. It is Trower‘s passionate guitar playing that has influenced so many young people to pick up a guitar and learn to play. In the 90’s Livingstone played in Robin’s band and co-produced Robin’s highly rated 20th Century Blues Album.
In addition to being a session and touring musician during the 80s and 90s, he has also worked with artists such as Maxi Priest, ED Sheeran, The Waterboys, Meridith Brooks, The Climax Blues Band, Tina Turner, Bryan Ferry, Kylie Minogue, David Grant, Yazz, De La Soul, ABC and Bill Withers. So, when Livingstone Brown, half-jokingly suggested ‘why don’t we write a song together?’ Robin & Maxi looked at each other and thought why not?. If you’re a multi-million selling award winning artist who’s been there and very much done it all, why not try something totally different?
Robin, Livi and Maxi went even further, striking up a very productive joint songwriting partnership that quickly developed into a “United State of Mind”. Each song showcased Maxi’s trademark silky, soulful vocal tone, and of course Trower’s soulful and skillful, passionate playing, along with Livingstone’s ‘midas’ touch. United State of Mind is nothing short of a masterpiece and is as unique as the 3 legends that have created it.
Listening to “United State of Mind” for the first time, you will hear it’s far more than just an intriguing curio for fans and collectors. Both Maxi, Livi and Robin have done an exceptional job at extending the hand of collaboration successfully, whilst simultaneously stamping their own unique trademarks throughout, with no compromise whatsoever. Neither reggae nor rock, the results – a commercial sounding, vibey, driving album, worthy of a place in any record collection, let alone for fans of their solo efforts.
Join us at 11am EST for the Maxi interview