Double Grammy-winner and multi-platinum artist, Maxwell and his 10-piece all-star band, eased into a soul-filled set in front of an intimate 150-member audience to share his story behind some of his biggest songs for VH1 “Storytellers” series.
“Storytellers has been around for 15 years, and it’s been 15 years since I put out my first album Maxwell’s ‘Urban Hang Suite’â¦You have this dream as a kid, and the next thing you know you’re at ‘VH1 Storytellers’ and the crowd is singing along to your songs. It’s a blessing,” Maxwell said.
The evening’s 12-song set highlighted Maxwell’s groove-filled catalog of hits with several tracks from the Grammy Award-winning, “BLACKsummers’night.” “Fistful of Tears” brought an emotional moment to the evening as Maxwell revealed, “This song is inspired by war. I hate that we’re fighting and I can’t wait for the troops to come backâ¦.it’s also about trying to express to someone who is so beautiful and amazing and yet they just can’t see that in themselves.”
Taking a break from preparing for the sequel to that album, VH1 took Maxwell back in time to play past favorites and celebrate with fans. The highly anticipated new album, “SUMMERS’,” will be released soon.
For viewers at home, they will gain a unique opportunity to hear Maxwell share additional stories and insight into his songwriting process and career. The exclusive performance â “VH1 Storytellers: Maxwell” â will premiere on Friday, June 17 at 11 PM ET/PT.