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News: Maxwell confirms one-off Australian show

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(AUS) Soulfest in association with International Events Group are pleased to announce an exclusive MAXWELL headline show on Tuesday 21st of October at The Enmore Theatre. The sexy ambassador of Soul makes his Australian debut at Soulfest, and will be performing ONE exclusive live and intimate showcase.

The prolific artist who bought us absolute timeless classics like “Sumthin’ Sumthin’”, “Ascension”, “Pretty Wings” and “Lifetime”, will be visiting Australia for the very first time and performing hits off his phenomenal albums, including his latest work “BLACKsummers’night”. In 1996, the Brooklyn born legend took the music world by storm with his debut “Urban Hang Suite”. The critically acclaimed CD received a Grammy nomination and went onto achieve double platinum status. Heralded as the future of Soul music, Maxwell proved his staying power by following up with albums “MTV: Unplugged”, “Embrya”, 1999’s biggest selling single “Fortunate” (Off the LIFE soundtrack) and 2001’s “Now”.

After a hiatus, the Soul Legend returned in 2008 with a live rendition of Al Green’s classic song, “Simply Beautiful” at the BET Awards. The unforgettable performance was one of the most talked about performances of the year. His latest album BLACKsummers’night was recorded with an extraordinary live ten-piece band – no synthesizers, no duets. Just Maxwell bare and in the flesh ready to give old fans and new ones a sensory experience that he never fails to bring.

Joining Maxwell is the extraordinary Leela James. Soul and Blues songstress Leela James changed the Soul game with the release of her debut album “A Change Gonne Come” was released. The LA native has a style and flow likened to that of the old school Soul Music era of the 60’s and 70’s and singers like Roberta Flack, Donny Hathaway and Stevie Wonder to name a few appear to channel through her. James has churned out a consistent discography that has seen her remain a firm favourite with her peers and fans alike and has received critical acclaim for her four studio albums released from 2005’s “A Change Gonna Come”, 2009’s “Let’s Do It Again”, 2010’s “My Soul”, which reached Number 7 on the US R&B charts and her 2012 release “Loving You More …..In The Spirit of Etta James”.

She is a powerful and soulful female force to be reckoned with, writing lyrics condemning materialism and misogyny in today’s urban music genre and calling for a return of a bygone era where the artistry and dedication of musicians were of great importance. James has toured as opening act for The Black Eyed Peas and Macy Gray and also featured on famed Hip-Hop Producer and Emcee Pete Rock’s album “Soul Survivor II”.

Leela James has been nominated for the Soul Train Music Award for Best R&B/Soul New Artist and the NAAC Image Award for Outstanding New Artist both in 2008 and continues to be an artist of intrigue and purpose her chosen genre. This is Leela James’s first trip to Australia.

Tuesday 21st October – SYDNEY, Enmore Theatre

Tickets go on sale:
Thursday September 11th 12 noon to Saturday September 13th 5pm – Visa Entertainment Pre-Sale
Wednesday September 17th – General Public Onsale