21 June 2014

Maxi Priest to release new album Easy To Love

Maxi Priest new album Easy To Love

Maxi Priest to release new album Easy To Love

Only a handful of singers succeed in transcending their genre without losing the essence of who they are. Superstar Maxi Priest is one of those artists whose own unique vision has led him to tremendous international success, being the first reggae artist to have a No. 1 hit worldwide, including the US Billboard charts.

His new album is as fine a representation of lovers’ rock as you could possibly wish for.  The sophistication he brings to these tracks is the mark of true quality; his effortless blend of reggae, RandB and dancehall has universal appeal. It’s also great to dance to and make love to – important ingredients for a singer who has attracted such a loyal female following.

Lead single “Easy To Love” was a No. 1 smash hit last summer in the reggae charts – evidence that Maxi Priest has a gift for staying fresh. It features legendary Jamaican drum and bass duo Sly and Robbie (famously known as The Riddim Twins) who’ve worked with other prominent artists such as Dennis Brown, Gregory Isaacs, The Rolling Stones, UB40 and Bob Dylan. Sly and Robbie have also played on some of Maxi’s biggest hits: “Wild World,” “Some Guys Have All The Luck,” “Every Little Thing,” “Close To You,” and “Housecall” (featuring Shabba Ranks).

Without A Woman” features Beres Hammond, and echoes the themes and intensity of James Brown’s “It’s A Man’s World.” Maxi and Beres further a partnership that began with the crossover hit “How Can We Ease The Pain.” Time has deepened the understanding between them and there’s so much soul in this track it hurts. “This song is an appreciation for all women and a gift from the artists,” says Maxi. “Sometimes we forget to simply say ‘thank you’ – as without you, there is no us.”

This album is about time, and a moment,” says Maxi Priest. When singing “Angel Wings,” Maxi envisioned himself in Jamaica surrounded by nature. The delicate, aching need of this track demonstrates just how far reggae has evolved in the new era. Other tracks, like “Fire In The Skies” and “I Could Be The One,” simply defy categorization and are living proof of Maxi Priest’s musical versatility.

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