Max Elliot on June 10th, 1962 in Lewisham, London England. The
eight of nine children of parents Alfred and Hyacinth Elliot who
had migrated from Jamaica in the 1950's. His mother was a lead
singer for the Pentecostal church choir. He changed his original
surname to Priest after discovering the Rastafarian religion.
Maxi Priest was
to become the UK's most succesful home-grown reggae artist. His
start came while working as a carpenter building speaker boxes for
local reggae bands, singing over the mic at their live dancehall
sessions. His big break came when he toured with Philip Levy,
Tippa Irie and Smiley Culture. In 1984 he and Paul "Barry
Boom" Robinson produced "Mi God Mi King"; the first
UK reggae tune to reach number one in Jamaica. His debut album
titled "You're Safe" featured his band Caution, other
albums include "Man With The Fun", "Best of
Me", "Bonafide", "Intentions", "Maxi
Priest", and "Live In Concert".
Eleven Top 75 hit
singles between March 1986 and December1990 including two Top 10
hits, "Wild World" which brought him worldwide
recognition and "Close To You" which climbed to number 7
and enjoyed a ten-week chart run exactly two years later.
Transcending from Reggae Maxi Priest has achieved success and
international fame worldwide in Pop. Signing to Virgin Records in
1985. He has achieved #1's, Top Ten hit singles on the Billboard
Charts, R&B Charts, Top of the Pop Charts, Reggae, Jazz,
Country and many other charts around the world.
Nominated 3 times
for a Grammy Award and other Awards for outstanding achievements.
Numerous soundtracks such as 'How Stella got her Groove
Back", Scam, House Party 2, "The Tide is high" on
Speed 2 and "It starts in the Heart" in Disney's Jungle
to Jungle. Multiple collaborations such as "That Girl"
with Shaggy, he's credited with bringing reggae together with
R&B in songs such as "Housecall" which he did with
Shabba Ranks. With seven best-selling albums "CombiNation"
is his latest release with the track "Mary's Got A Baby"
where he teams up with some of the biggest dancehall acts like
Beenie Man. He continues to speak the word in Reggae music and his
recordings & live performances showcase a marvelous voice
(classified vocally with Frank Sinatra) and the ability to tackle
a wide range of material.
85 "You're Safe", 86 " Intentions",
88 "Maxi Priest", 90 "Bonafide",
92 "Fe Real", 96 "Man With The Fun",
99 "Live In Concert", 99 "CombiNation".