Maxi Priest returns to the public eye and certain success with his new album Easy to Love (VP Records) to be released on June 10, 2014. It is the singer’s first studio album since his 2011 Time of The Year. Howard Campbell writes about the singer’s trajectory:
[. . .] Easy to Love (the song) is produced by Colin ‘Bulby’ Yorke. Priest says he heard the ‘riddim’ through a friend early last year and quickly wrote a song for it.
After 35 years in the business, the dreadlocked Priest says he still has the formula to hit the musical mark. “From day one it’s always been, ‘I hope I can make a hit song’. But more importantly, I still love singing and I still love the music,” he told the Sunday Observer.
He credits longtime friend Beres Hammond for him recording his first album of original songs in three years. “The song really did well an’ him call mi up an’ sey, ‘Bwoy Priest, time right fi do a album’.” The latest release from Easy to Love is Gravity, another Yorke production. The song was originally done by John Mayer.
[. . .] Born in London to Jamaican parents, Maxi Priest has made solid music for most of his career, starting with the Saxon sound system. He first got on Jamaican airwaves in the mid-1980s with the songs In the Spring Time and Should I which were big hits in British reggae circles. A decade later, Priest entered the American pop charts regularly, scoring a number one song with Close to You and a platinum album in Bonafide.
He had another number one hit with Set the Night to Music, which he did with R&B superstar Roberta Flack. Housecall, a funky duet with Shabba Ranks that resonated with dancehall and hip hop fans, helped make Priest one of the 1990s’ most successful reggae acts.