This is just a taste of the pictures I snapped at Maxwell's recent concert at the Verizon Center on September 29, 2009. Crisette Michelle opened the show, unfortunately I missed her performance. Common was the 2nd Act and he was pretty good. I didn't know he could pop lock and break dance. Maxwell rounded out the show, he performed exceptionally well. Maxwell is quite the performer, he exibited loads of personality, interacted with the crowd, danced, laughed and sang his butt off. Maxwell
(born in Brooklyn, New York on May 23
) is an American R&B artist
. He played an important role in the development of the soul sub-genre, neo-soul. Maxwell's father was Pentecostal and raised in Vieques, Puerto Rico. His mother grew up in a devout Baptist household in Haiti.
Maxwell lost his father in a plane crash when he was just three years old. The experience influenced his strong religious background and he started singing in his Baptist church. He became serious about making music at age 17 when he began writing his own songs using a cheap Casio keyboard given to him by a friend. Initially inspired by early-'80s urban R&B, his musical skills progressed rapidly and by 1991 he was performing on the New York club scene. After making a name for himself, he signed a recording contract with Columbia in 1994.