Maxwell is a big advocate for a non-profit organization called Artists for Peace and Justice. The organization addresses issues of poverty and encourages peace around the world. Artists for Peace and Justice also supports communities in Haiti with health care and education programs. Maxwell's roots are half Haitian and half Puerto Rican, so you know this foundation is near and dear to his heart.
Maxwell's love from music grew after he received a keyboard from his friend when he was a teen. When he was a child, he started off singing in church. His love for music grew as he wrote more songs and started performing in New York City.
While performing music in the New York club circuit, Maxwell waited tables to help support himself financially. He continued to do this as his popularity grew within the club circuit.
Before the fame and before waiting tables, Maxwell was a Pizza Hut dishwasher. This was Maxwell's first job and we're kind of happy that career didn't work out for him!
Well... not quite, but he's close enough to it! In an interiew with Us Magazine, Maxwell stated, "I generally eat very healthy — almost vegan — but every now and then I gotta rock a good steak!"
Maxwell is often credited as one of the leaders of neo-soul music. Even though this is a coveted title that fits him, he gives props to fellow neo-soul artist D'Angelo for pioneering the genre.
Maxwell was fortunate to have R. Kelly write one of his most popular songs, "Fortunate." R. Kelly produced, wrote and composed the song before Maxwell recorded it. "Fortunate" went on to be Maxwell's biggest record to date.
Not only is Maxwell a phenomenal soul singer, he also knows how to play various instruments. Maxwell also plays the piano and guitar.
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