Maxwell to Release New Last-Days-of-Summer-Themed Album

Maxwell is preparing to release the next album in his musical trilogy…

The 40-year-old half-Puerto Rican singer, who performed at this year’s Essence Festival, plans to release his follow-up to BLACKsummers’night late this summer or early in the fall, according to Billboard. Released on July 7, 2009, it was the first in a planned trilogy of albums.


The album will likely be titled blackSUMMERS’night, according to the music website.

“The album’s pretty much about the last day of summer, so I felt like it was a good idea to release it at the end of the summer,” says Maxwell. “It has that bittersweet feel to it. I don’t like things to be too happy. It’s when you go back to school, summer’s over then you kind of have that wonderful week where you get crazy. That’s what the essence of the record is.”

Maxwell offered a preview of the highly anticipated album in January with a 73-second preview of a new track, “Gods,” which the singer confirmed would be included on SUMMERS and formed part of the playlist during his Friday night set at Essence fest.

But that’s not the only new music he has on the way — a duets EP with his “Fire We Make” collaborator Alicia Keys is also in the works.

Maxwell to Perform at This Year’s Essence Festival

Maxwell will be sharing his musical essence in New Orleans…

The 39-year-old half-Puerto Rican singer-songwriter is set to perform at the 2013 Essence Festival, which returns to New Orleans for four days this summer.

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The 19th annual celebration of black music and culture will be held July 4-7 at the Superdome and the nearby convention center, where speakers like Rev. Al Sharpton and Representative John Lewis, a congressman and civil rights leader, will give lectures, according to the New York Times.

Maxwell’s performance will come a year after the neo-soul singer had to cancel a comeback tour due to vocal hemorrhaging. He’s currently working on his fifth studio album, SUMMERS, which he hopes to release later this year.

Maxwell will join Beyonce, Brandy, Jill Scott, Keyshia Cole as entertainers set to take the stage. Other performers include New Edition and LL Cool J, while smaller stages will feature Bridget Kelly, Les Nubians, Mint Condition and the new jack swing stalwarts, Blackstreet.

The festival began as a one-time event celebrating the 25th anniversary of Essence magazine.

Last year’s event featured performances by Aretha Franklin, Chaka Khan and Mary J. Blige as well as D’Angelo and Melanie Fiona.