MAXI PRIEST GEARS UP FOR NEW ALBUM EASY TO LOVE
AVAILABLE JUL 1 (DIGITAL) AND JUL 8 (IN STORES)
This Week Only iTunes Radio’s First Play
Previews Entire Album Before Nationwide Release
His Tour Continues with “Lively, Well-Received” Shows
With new international tour dates and an iTunes Radio exclusive, Maxi Priest revs up for the U.S. release of Easy To Love, available July 1 (digital) and July 8 (in stores) on VP Records. He is the first reggae artist to ever land iTunes Radio’s First Play, where fans can hear the album in its entirety a week before release.
With over 15 million albums sold worldwide, multiple Grammy nominations and top 10 Billboard hits (including the No. 1 smash “Close To You”) – the most successful solo act in British reggae history Maxi Priest continues to hit the road throughout the summer in support his first studio album in almost a decade. Huffington Post gave a glowing review regarding his NYC show at BB Kings on June 11, claiming “Maxi hit his groove” and delivered “music that soothed the soul” at the “lively, well received” show. See the tour’s remaining dates on schedule below.
Easy To Love is a fine representation of lovers’ rock.The title track was a No. 1 hit on reggae charts last summer, evidence that Maxi Priest has a gift for staying fresh. The song features the legendary Jamaican drum and bass duo Sly & Robbie, who’ve played on some of Maxi’s biggest hits, including “Wild World,” “Some Guys Have All The Luck,” “Close To You,” and “Housecall” (featuring Shabba Ranks) as well as the new album track “Every Little Thing.”
There are many more highlights on Easy To Love. “Hearts Across The World” is a song for our times and pleas for people of all races to love one another. The soulful “Without A Woman” features Jamaican legend Beres Hammond and even echoes the themes and intensity of James Brown’s “It’s A Man’s Man’s Man’s World.” Maxi continues to tug on the heartstrings of women with irresistible tributes of enduring affection on “Loving You Is Easy,” “Holiday” and his rendition of John Mayer’s “Gravity” (which recently premiered on Wall Street Journal’s Speakeasy).
June 27 @ Glastonbury Festival in Glastonbury, UK
June 28 @ Reggae Night in Amsterdam, Netherlands
July 17 @ Mosley’s in Dedham, MA
July 18 @ The Muse Night Club in Nantucket, MA
July 19 @ Sole East Resort in Montauk, NY
July 20 @ Grace Jamaican Jerk Festival (Roy Wilkins Park) in Queens, NY
Aug 9 @ Brown Square Park in Rochester, NY
Aug 10 @ Six Flags in Jackson, NJ
Aug 15 @ Montreal International Reggae Festival (Old Port of Montréal)
in Montreal, Canada
Aug16 @ Reggae Redemption Festival (The Sound Academy) in Toronto, Canada
Aug 17 @ National Black Arts Festival (The Tabernacle) in Atlanta, GA
Aug 20 @ Howard Theater in Washington D.C.
Aug 21 @ Mohegan Sun in Uncasville, CT
Aug 23 @ Food & Culture Fest in Woodbury, CT
Sept 6 @ Victoria Stadium in Gibraltar, Spain
Sept 19 @ Westin in Grand Cayman, Grand Cayman Islands
Sept 27 @ The Gold Club in Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea
Oct 25 @ The Alban Arena St. Albans, UK
Easy To Love Track Listing:
1 Easy To Love
2 Loving You Is Easy
3 Every Little Thing
4 If I Gave My Heart To You
6 Without A Woman ft. Beres Hammond
8 Bubble My Way ft. Agent Sasco (Assassin)
9 Your Love To Me ft. DelaRose
10 I Could Be The One
11 Hearts Across The World
*Maxi Priest is available for interviews upon request.