Maxwell Talks BLACKsummers’night, Debuts ‘Pretty Wings’ Video

After taking a long hiatus to enjoy his personal life, R&B/Soul ambassador Maxwell has returned with a brand new look, a fresh vintage sound and a lot of eager female fans. Leading off the highly anticipated album, BLACKsummers’night, is the soultry single “Pretty Wings,” which premieres today on BET’s 106 & Park. BLACKsummers’night, Maxwell’s fourth studio album and first in eight years, is the first installment of a trilogy. It’s composed of nine songs, which finds Maxwell exploring life with a bold and purposeful sensuality unmistakably his own. The entire album was recorded with a live ten-piece band. The disc, dubbed a “conversation with his audience,” is long overdue; but as the soft-spoken, multi-platinum artist sees it, in order to come back it was necessary to step away. “I didn’t intentionally step away from all of it, but I just wanted to…live my life a little bit, and then be able to make music with that pure experience again.” “Every time I’d get in the studio it would be like am I trying to outdo this last record? I just wanted to make a really good record.” “To be able to take a risk and to have that genuine interest from people is so rare. It actually made making this record even more precious. It was that pure energy. It was like, ‘oh, this is why I do it.’ It’s because people care about real music and they’ll wait for you.” Watch BET’s 106 & Park today for the premiere of Maxwell’s new video “Pretty Wings.” BLACKsummers’night is set for release July 7. Listen to “Pretty Wings” right here on Singersroom

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