Maxi Priest Bio, Age, Family, Career, Net Worth, Height

Maxi Priest

Quick Facts of Maxi Priest

Net Worth$10 million
SalaryNot Known
HeightNot Known
Date of Birth10 July, 1961
ProfessionMusicians

Max Alfred Elliott, better known by his stage name Maxi Priest, is a Jamaican-born British reggae vocalist. He is mostly recognized for performing reggae music with an R&B influence, often known as reggae fusion. He is widely considered as one of the most successful reggae fusion artists of all time. And he was one of the first international performers to find success in this genre.

Maxi Priest’s Birth, Age, Family, Siblings

Maxi Priest was born on 10 June 1961, in Lewisham, London, as the second youngest of nine siblings. His parents had come to England from Jamaica to provide their family with greater opportunities, and he grew up listening to gospel, reggae, R&B, and pop music. His father is Alfred Elliott, and his mother, Hyacinth Elliott, is a Pentecostal missionary who encouraged him to begin singing in church. Maxi was raised on Jamaican legends such as Dennis Brown, John Holt, Ken Boothe, and Gregory Isaacs, as well as artists such as Marvin Gaye, Al Green, the Beatles, Phil Collins, and Frank Sinatra.

As a youth, he transported speaker boxes for the Jah Shaka and Negus Negast sound systems. Maxi began performing at local youth clubs and home parties as a founding member of Saxon Studio International. His music is more R&B and pop-oriented than reggae. Jacob Miller, his cousin and reggae icon was the leader of the popular reggae group Inner Circle. Marvin Cornell Elliott (Marvin Priest) and Ryan Elliott, a former member of the 1990s boy band Ultimate Kaos, are two of Priest’s vocalist kids.

Maxi Priest
Source: Jamaica Observer

Maxi Priest’s Career

Priest’s musical career began with a performance on South London’s Saxon Studio International’s reggae sound system, followed by some indie single releases. Maxi Priest, his breakthrough album, was released in 1988 and established his status as a leading British reggae performer thanks to his cover of Cat Stevens’ “Wild World.”

He is one of only two British reggae acts to have a Billboard number-one single in the United States: “Close to You” in 1990. “Set the Night to Music,” a duet with Roberta Flack, entered the American Top Ten in 1991. In 1996, his duet with Shaggy, “That Girl,” was a smash in the United States, peaking at number twenty.

Priest has always preferred to collaborate with other musicians, both established and up-and-coming. Sly and Robbie, Shaggy, Beres Hammond, Jazzie B, Apache Indian, Roberta Flack, Shurwayne Winchester, Shabba Ranks, Robin Trower, and Lee Ritenour are one of his collaborators.

In some Birmingham-area newspapers, including the Birmingham Mail, it was reported that Priest would be replacing Ali Campbell as UB40’s lead singer and that he had recorded a cover of Bob Marley’s “I Shot the Sheriff” with the band.

A priest had accompanied UB40 on their 2007 tour, which ended in two sold-out shows at Solihull’s National Exhibition Centre in December of the same year. Another local newspaper, the Express & Star, which had reported Priest as the new UB40 frontman, included a statement from band spokesman Gerard Franklyn that contradicted the claim, stating: “Maxi is working with the band to record new material, but he will not be the new lead singer; that honour will go to Duncan Campbell, Ali and Robin Campbell’s brother. He will only appear on this new track with them.”

Maxi Priest covered Japanese band L’arcenCiel’s song “Vivid Colors” for the band’s English-language tribute album in 2012. Priest recorded a remix version of the Hindi song “Kabhi Jo Baadal Barse” with Indian vocalists Rishi Rich and Arijit Singh in 2013. His 2014 album Easy to Love debuted at number two on the Billboard Top Reggae Albums chart.

Maxi Priest’s Wife, Children

Maxi Priest had a very private wedding, even though some sources say there isn’t much information about Maxi’s wedding. The couple was said to have been dating prior to their marriage, but we have no evidence or proof to back this up. He is the father of three kids. Marvin Cornell Elliott, his first son, was born on October 27, 1981.

His stage name is Marvin Priest. He is an English singer and songwriter who now lives in Australia. Che Elliott and Ryan Elliott are Max’s other two sons. Maxi is a family man, as he spends most of his time with his family.  Despite his birth in London, Maxi never forgot his Jamaican ancestors. His Jamaican father and mother developed in him this virtue.

Maxi Priest
Source: Wikimedia Commons

Maxi Priest’s Net Worth

Maxi Priest is a reggae artist from England who has a net worth of $10 million dollars. He is best known for singing reggae music that has a lot of R&B in it, or “reggae fusion,” which is what people call it. A contributor to People magazine defined Maxi Priest as “a polished pop musician with a Jamaican accent.” According to Rolling Stone, he is the “Luther Vandross of reggae.”

Maxi Priest’s Height

Maxi Priest is 1.66 meters tall (5 feet 4 inches) and weighs 75 kilograms. His height, weight, eye, and hair color are all kept private.

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