Maxi Priest

 

Maxi Priest For CFW June 15 2014

 

 

British reggae crooner Maxi Priest will perform live at CFW 2014, scheduled for June 11-16 in Kingston Jamaica. Maxi joins a long list of international celebrities and superstars who have appeared and performed at the event since its inception in 2001. Other CFW notables include Kelly Rowland, Eve, Nia Long, Brian McKnight, Morgan Heritage, Machel Montana, Joe, Sheila E and Johnny Gill. Maxi will perform on Sunday June 15, the closing night of the shows.

 

CFW returns for its 14 staging this year with a new format, a slew of innovations, chief of which is the new online shopping experience, Shopcaribbean.com, and a renewed, even more enlarged focus on Caribbean style.

 

Caribbean Fashionweek (CFW) is the largest, most far reaching and strategically important fashion event in the region. Developed to a high international standard, CFW showcases the best of the Caribbean’s designers, as well as other world regarded stylists from various parts of the globe. Approximately 50 designers from 20 countries participate each year. CFW plays host to the world’s fashion press, supermodels, celebrities and superstars of music and movies, to complement the brilliant fashion collections on show at the event.

 

Max Alfred “Maxi” Elliott, more popularly known as Maxi Priest, is a British reggae superstar of Jamaican descent. He is best known for singing reggae music with an R&B influence, otherwise known as reggae fusion. He became one of the first international successes who regularly worked in the genre and is arguably the most successful reggae fusion acts of all-time.

 

Maxi Priest was born in Lewisham, London. The second to last of nine brothers and sisters. His parents moved to England from Jamaica to provide more opportunity for their family and he grew up listening to gospel music, reggae, R&B and pop music. He had first learnt to sing in church, encouraged by his mother who was a Pentecostal. Maxi grew up listening to Jamaican greats such as dennis Brown, John Holt, Ken Booth and Gregory Isaacs, as well as singers like Marvin Gaye, Al Green, The Beatles, Phil Collins and Frank Sinatra.

 

His music is sometimes closer to R&B, and pop, than to reggae music itself. His uncle, Jacob Miller, a reggae icon, was the frontman in the popular reggae group Inner Circle.

 

Priest's first major album was the self-titled Maxi Priest (1988) which, 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.

 

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, Shabba Ranking, Beres Hammond, Roberta Flack, Jazzie B and Lee Ritenour.