He was the eighth of nine children, born to parents who had emigrated from Jamaica several years before his birth. His mother was active in the Pentecostal church, and the family grew up singing gospel music together; Elliott would later convert to Rastafarianism, at which point he changed his name to Maxi Priest. He was working as a carpenter when he was invited to build speaker boxes for the prominent Saxon International sound system.
It wasn't long before his contacts there discovered that he could sing as well, and soon he was participating in live dancehall shows; inhe and Paul "Barry Boom" Robinson also co-produced Phillip Levi's "Mi God Mi King," the first U. Priest signed with Virgin Records and released his debut album, You're Safe, in A more traditional reggae set than his subsequent releases, it featured production by Robinson and live instrumental backing from the band Caution, and spun off the U.
Elsewhere, he embraced slinky lovers rock grooves to a greater extent than ever before, and even made a rare detour into social consciousness Empty Bottles Of Foxhorn - Coffee Project - Moved On the Beres Hammond duet "How Can We Ease the Pain? Now hugely popular Unfold - Hybrid Minds - Mountains (Vinyl, Album) the U.
Released init climbed up the charts by virtue of the steamy, Maxi Priest Featuring Shaggy - That Girl II Soul -influenced single "Close to You," which went all the way to number one on the American pop charts. The hits collection Best of Me was rushed out innot long after Priest teamed with Shabba Ranks for the dance-club hit "House Call," and not long before another Priest duet, the Roberta Flack collaboration "Set the Night to Music," climbed into the U.
Top Ten. Nonetheless, Priest's next album, 's Fe Real, was a solid outing but a commercial disappointment; neither of the American singles, "Groovin' in the Midnight" or the Shaggy duet "One More Maxi Priest Featuring Shaggy - That Girl made much of an impact either. After a supporting role in the movie Scam, Priest took a sabbatical from recording for a few years to concentrate on launching his own U.
Priest returned in with Man with the Fun, the most crossover-oriented album in his catalog to date. It spun off a Shaggy duet, "That Girl," which hit the U. Top Despite its dancehall flavor, much of the album found Priest moving away from the lovers rock that had made his name.
That trend continued Maxi Priest Featuring Shaggy - That Girl 's CombiNation, which focused predominantly on hip-hop and smooth soul balladry. Duet singles, guest appearances, and a U. It was followed in by the album Refused, while saw him hit the road with UB40 and collaborate with the band on the single "Dance Until the Morning Light. Anything You Want feat. Listen to Maxi Priest now. To play this content, you'll need the Spotify app.
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