|Birth Day:||June 10, 1961|
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He grew up in Jamaica with his family, listening to many kinds of music including reggae, gospel, and R&B.
Priest's musical career began with him singing on the South London reggae soundsystem Saxon Studio International, after which some independent single releases followed. His first major album, Maxi (titled Maxi Priest in the US and Canada), was released in 1988, and, along with his cover of Cat Stevens' "Wild World", established him as one of the top British reggae singers.
He is one of only two British reggae acts (along with UB40) to have an American Billboard number one: "Close to You" in 1990. A duet with Roberta Flack, "Set the Night to Music", reached the American Top Ten in 1991. His duet with Shaggy in 1996, "That Girl", was also a hit in the United States, peaking at number twenty.
Priest played for non-League football club Southall, his son Marvin's team, in March 2003 when they needed players to fulfil a fixture due to an injury crisis at the club. However, despite coming on as a substitute at the age of 43, he could not stop Southall from losing 3-0 to Feltham.
It was reported in some newspapers in the Birmingham area, including the Birmingham Mail on 13 March 2008, that Priest would be replacing Ali Campbell as the new lead singer of UB40, and that he had recorded a cover of Bob Marley's "I Shot the Sheriff" with the band, based on information from "an unnamed source close to the band." Priest had joined UB40 on tour in 2007, culminating in sell-out shows at the National Exhibition Centre (NEC) in Solihull in December. Another local newspaper, the Express & Star that had reported that Priest would be the new UB40 frontman, included a statement from band spokesman Gerard Franklyn which contradicted the claim, stating: "Maxi is collaborating with the band to record material but he won't be the new lead singer, that will be Duncan Campbell, the brother of Ali and Robin Campbell. He will only be appearing with them for this new recording."
In 2012, Maxi Priest recorded a cover of Japanese band L'arc~en~Ciel's song "Vivid Colors" for the band's English-language tribute album.
In 2013, Priest recorded a remix version of Hindi song "Kabhi Jo Baadal Barse", featuring Indian singers Rishi Rich and Arijit Singh.
His 2014 album Easy to Love entered the Billboard Top Reggae Albums chart at number 2.
Maxi has two sons named Ryan and Marvin.
Currently, Maxi Priest is 61 years, 5 months and 17 days old. Maxi Priest will celebrate 62nd birthday on a Saturday 10th of June 2023. Below we countdown to Maxi Priest upcoming birthday.