33 West St.
Annapolis, MD, 21401
Doors 7:00 PM / Show 8:00 PM
This event is 21 and over
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Hit songs include “Close To You” and “Just A Little Bit Longer”.
Only a handful of singers succeed in transcending their genre without losing the essence of who they are. Superstar Maxi Priest is one of those artists whose own unique vision has led him to tremendous international success, being the first reggae artist to have a No. 1 hit worldwide, including the U.S. Billboard charts.
His latest album, Easy To Love is as fine a representation of lovers’ rock as you could possibly wish for. The sophistication he brings to these tracks is the mark of true quality; his effortless blend of reggae, R&B and dancehall has universal appeal.
Lead single “Easy To Love,” was a No. 1 smash hit on the reggae charts last summer –evidence that Maxi Priest has a gift for staying fresh. The song features the legendary Jamaican drum and bass duo Sly & Robbie, who’ve played on some of Maxi’s biggest hits, including “Wild World,” “Some Guys Have All The Luck,” “Close To You,” and “Housecall” (featuring Shabba Ranks), as well as the new album track “Every Little Thing.”
“Without A Woman” features Beres Hammond, and echoes the themes and intensity of James Brown’s “It’s a Man’s Man’s Man’s World.” Maxi and Beres’ musical partnership began years ago with the crossover hit “How Can We Ease The Pain.” Time has deepened the understanding between them and there’s so much soul in this track it hurts. “This song is an appreciation for all women and a gift from the artists,” says Maxi. “Sometimes we forget to simply say ‘thank you’ – as without you, there is no us.”
“This album is about time, and a moment,” says Maxi Priest. When singing “Angel Wings,” Maxi envisioned himself in Jamaica surrounded by nature. The delicate, aching need of this track demonstrates just how far reggae has evolved in the new era. Other tracks, like “Fire In The Skies” and “I Could Be The One,” simply defy categorization and are living proof of Maxi Priest’s musical versatility.
“Gravity,” written by John Mayer, is an example of what happens when someone of Maxi’s caliber takes a song to heart; like Marvin Gaye or John Holt, he’s long mastered the art of romance. His delivery and phrasing are impeccable, and so too his choices of material and collaborators.
Maxi Priest is the first British-born singer to graduate from the London reggae sound-system Saxon Studio International, introducing the sound of lovers’ rock to a global audience. Before joining Saxon, Maxi embraced Rastafari and served an apprenticeship with South London sound-system Negus Negast and the legendary Jah Shaka.
Levi Stephens’ debut album, "This Way" goes far beyond the confines of R&B and seamlessly melds a variety of genres, from soul to rock to gospel to folk while always remaining honest, clever and conversational.
Levi's affinity for singing can be attributed to growing up in the Washington, D.C. area in a home he remembers being filled with music. "My father was a big music head. We grew up listening to all kinds of really good music. Music was bigger than TV." Like many artists, his musical roots began in church where Levi, like his father, sang and played the piano. Outside of the church, young Levi was exposed to artists like Stevie Wonder, Bill Withers and Donny Hathaway. In addition to those soul legends, The Beatles, Paul Simon, James Taylor, Jimi Hendrix and Prince all made their mark on Levi's musical style and led him to the guitar which was the final piece needed to create his sound.
Levi's ability to incorporate multiple influences into his music can also be attributed to his role as a producer. Along with his two partners at Kollective Music, Levi has written and produced songs on 702's 2003 album "Star", (Places and Certified), Raheem Devaughn's 2005 album, "The Love Experience" (Believe) and the Fat Albert Movie Soundtrack (Come on and Join the Gang).
In the true spirit of an indie artist, Levi is already planning his next move: "In 5 years, I want to have 2-3 albums done and be writing and producing for other artists. Then I want to work for Disney!" A place that is synonymous with excitement, lasting memories, and happiness would be a fitting home for an artist who evokes all of those emotions with his music. Until then, Levi Stephens is taking listeners to his own carefully-crafted "happy place" by tackling love, life, and everything in between with his always relatable and intelligent spin.
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