Once classified as part of the neo-soul movement after his 1996 hit “Ascension (Don’t Ever Wonder),” Maxwell’s appeal has stood the test of time—from his remake of Kate Bush’s “This Woman’s Work” to the R.Kelly-penned “Fortunate” that topped the R&B charts in 1999. After a ten-year hiatus from recording, he returned with a #1 album and a Grammy-nominated smash “Pretty Wings.” Many consider the Brooklyn-based crooner’s rendition of Al Green’s “Simply Beautiful” at the 2008 BET Awards a career-defining moment.

Maxwell - Pretty Wings (GRAMMYs on CBS)

Maxwell performing Pretty Wings at the 52nd Annual GRAMMY Awards. (C) 2010 National Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences, Inc. Under license to Columbia Records, a unit of Sony Music Entertainment

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