Born in 1973 in Brooklyn, the American R&B artist, Maxwell, inspired the sub-genre of soul, "neo-soul" with an early '90s debut, "Maxwell's Urban Hang Suite." Columbia had its doubts and shelved it for two years. He caught on, though, with the single "Ascension (Don't Ever Wonder)." Afterward, Hang Suite sold two million copies.
In '97, Maxwell recorded an Unplugged episode for MTV. His second album, "Embrya," was released in '98. The next single, "Fortunate," reached #1, and a third album hit the top of Billboard. Maxwell appeared in the '08 BET Awards. He received six nominations for a Grammy in 2010.