Friday 13 July will see the long awaited return of the great neo-soul / R&B singer Maxwell to the festival. This will only be his second performance at North Sea Jazz, more than twenty years after his debut in 1996. Maxwell will headline and close the night replacing D’Angelo.
The singer-songwriter Maxwell was instrumental in bringing the neo-soul movement to prominence over the latter half of the ‘90s, creating a whole new genre together with fellow artists such as Fugees and Erykah Badu. After making a name for himself on the New York club scene, Maxwell signed a recording contract and debuted with the 1996 album Maxwell’s Urban Hang Suite, with which he scored his first Grammy nomination – with many more to follow. Maxwell garnered rave reviews from the onset: Vice magazine dubbed him ‘the next Prince’, while The Washington Post called him ‘the Marvin Gaye of the ‘90s’. After three albums and a seven-year hiatus, he released 2009’s BLACKsummers'night; the first installment of a trilogy of which the second part, blackSUMMERS'night, was released in 2016.