Max Alfred "Maxi" Priest (born with the name Max Alfred Elliott) is a British reggae vocalist of Jamaican ancestry. He was born June 10, 1961 in Lewisham, London. He is popularly known in the world of reggae music, he sings reggae with a R&B which is known as reggae fusion. He became one of the first internationally successful acts in reggae fusion.
Priest is the second youngest in the family. His parents migrated to England from Jamaica to seek a greener pasture in order to provide the needs of his family. His hobby is reggae, R&B, and pop music, listening to gospel. His music is closed to R&B, and pop, rather than in reggae music. His music career start with singing on the South London reggae soundsystem "Saxon Studio International" in which several independent single was released. Maxi Priest's first album is the self-titled "Maxi Priest" in 1988, together with his cover in Cat Stevens "Wild World", and considered him as one of the best British reggae singers. He is one of the two British reggae artists (together with UB40) to become number one in American Billboard in 1990 (the track "Close to You"). in 1991, his duet with Roberta Flack in the song "Set the Night to Music" reached the American Top Ten. A duet with Shaggy in the song "That Girl" is also a hit in the United States in 1996.