Maxi Priest Biography

Biography by Published on Updated on 01 Nov, 2017
Facts of Maxi Priest
Date of Birth: 1961 , June-10
Age: 60 years old
Birth Nation: United Kingdom
Name Maxi Priest
Birth Name Max Alfred Elliott
Nick Name "Maxi"
Nationality England
Birth Place/City Lewisham
Ethnicity White
Profession Vocalist
Net Worth $14 million
Eye Color Brown
Hair Color Light brown
Face Color White
Body Measurements 32-23-34
Breast Size 32B
Waist size 23
Hip Size 34
Married Yes
Married to Notdiscoled
Children Marvin Priest, Ryan Elliott, Che Elliott
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The famous British reggae vocalist of Jamaican descent, Max Alfred became one of the two British reggae musicians to have a #1 song on the American Billboard Charts with his song titled "Close to You" in the year 1990.

Early Life and Education

The English reggae vocalist, Max Alfred was born on June 10, 1961, in Lewisham, London, England. He is the second youngest of nine brothers and sisters. He was raised up in Lewisham in a joint family.

As a child, Max used to listen to a variety of music like gospel, reggae, R&B, and pop music. He was encouraged by his Pentecostal missionary mother to learn music. He began singing in church and lifted speaker boxes for the Jah Shaka and Negus Negast sound-systems as a teenager.

Max’s cousin, Jacob Miller, was a Jamaican reggae artist and a Rasta. Unfortunately, Miler died in 1980 in a tragic auto accident. Maxi belongs to British Nationality and ethnicity wise; he is of mixed ethnical background. 

Professional Career

Maxi Priest started his singing career on the South London reggae Soundsystem, Saxon Studio International. After releasing some independent singles, he launched his debut major album under the self-titled, Maxi Priest in the year 1988.

After a couple of years, Max became one of two British reggae musicians to have an American Billboard number one: ‘Close to You.’ The song also became a huge hit in The US and peaked at number twenty.

Moreover, Max has worked with Beres Hammond, Apache Indian, Roberta Flack, and Lee Ritenour as well. Max then recorded a cover of Japanese band, L'Arc-en-Ciel’s song "Vivid Colors" for the band's English-language tribute album in the year 2012.

Max’s 2014 album Easy to Love was ranked at No.2 in the Billboard Top Reggae Albums chart.

Personal Life

The 56-years old, Maxi Priest has not made any notation regarding his wife, however, he is a single father of three children. His first son, Marvin Cornell Elliott was born on October 27, 1981.

Marvin Cornell Elliott, widely known by his stage name, Marvin Priest, is an English-born, Australian-based singer and songwriter. Max’s  other two sons are named, Che Elliott and Ryan Elliott. 

Max seems to keep his personal life far from the media radar, so there is no clue about his marriage, affair, and wife.  

Net Worth

Maxi Priest has earned a tremendous amount of net worth from his singing career as he has released several all-time hit songs and as he collaborated with numerous well-known musicians. One of them, Lee Ritenour has an estimated net worth of $14 million.