Christened the ‘King of Lovers Rock’ by his fans, British reggae star and songwriter Maxi Priest became one of the most internationally popular reggae singers since Bob Marley. 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, and his duet with Shaggy in 1996 on “That Girl” became a huge U.S. hit, peaking at number twenty.
In the latter half of his recording career, Priest has favoured working alongside other artists, both established and up-and-coming. He has collaborated with Sly & Robbie, Shaggy, Beres Hammond, Jazzie B, Apache Indian, Roberta Flack, Shurwayne Winchester, Shabba Ranks and Lee Ritenour.