Born in November 1952, in the west London suburb of Wembley, England, Maxine Nightingale was just 16 years old when she began singing in her schoolband. Enjoying the spotlight so much, she swiftley made the transition to singing in a more professional capacity, appearing in a handful of local clubs and ultimately coming to the attention of PYE RECORDS. Signing with the label she recorded 4 singles. including 创 DON碩 PUSH ME BABY 创 and 1971磗 创 LOVE ON BORROWED TIME 创.
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Stepping out of the clubs she spent the early 70磗 in theater, exploring her vocal development through roles in the era磗 hottest musical stage shows, including JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR......HAIR.......GODSPELL, as well as the well-received London play SAVAGES, before pairing with the songwriter/production team J.Vincent Edwards and Pierre Tubbs in 1975. They proved the perfect pair to showcase her outstanding vocals, and after she signed to United Artists and debuted with their 创RIGHT BACK WHERE WE STARTED FROM 创, she found herself with a TOP 10 U.K. HIT in November 1975. The song proved even more popular in the United States where it became a Number 2 POP HIT in 1976.
Backed by an outstanding assortment of session musicians and continually partnered with songwriters who were able to best direct her voice, Maxine磗 1976 DEBUT LP 创 RIGHT BACK WHERE WE STARTED FROM 创 also proved to be a HIT in the United States. With 4 singles, including the title track and fellow chartmate 创GOTTA BE THE ONE 创 the album reached Number 65 in the United States. The following year brought the Denny Diante-produced 创 NIGHT LIFE 创 album which placed 创 LOVE HIT ME 创( another U.K. HIT ) and a cover of the Delfonic磗 创 DIDN碩 I BLOW YOUR MIND THIS 创 into heavy club rotation.
创LEAD ME ON 创 followed in 1979, bringing her another U.S chart appearance, this time at Number 5 with the title single released on Windsong. The ``BITTERSWEET 创 LP followed the next year, leaving room for a fine compilation, ``IT碨 A BEAUTIFUL THING `` to round up all the hits in 1982. That same year she recorded a duet with JIMMY RUFFIN, `TURN TO ME 创 The song never registered on the Pop charts, but in November gave Maxine her first R&B Top 20 Debut..
Maxine has toured all over the world including..Europe, Australia, Asia, Japan, mainland China, Mexico, Denmark, Costa Rica, Canada, Venezuela, Spain, Greece, France, Germany and Africa. Some of the artists that Maxine recently shared the bill with include...Santana...the Commodores...Lionel Ritchie...Boz Scaggs...the Average White Band...Rose Royce...the Temptations...Marilyn McCoo/Billy Davis jr and Isaac Hayes and....Maxine performed at many Jazz Festivals in the United States and in the islands including The Barbados Music Festival, the Curacao Music Festival and recently in St. Kitts Jazz Festival. Maxine also performed with Steve Reid磗 Bamboo Forest and she appears on their DREAMSCAPES CD released in 2001.
In 2003 she was the special guest of Nile Rodgers (CHIC) and performed for 18.000 people at the Hollywood Bowl. In August 2003 Maxine headlined the Get Up 磏 Dance US Arena Tour with Thelma Houston..Martha Wash...Anita Ward...the Pointer Sisters..the Trammps featuring Earl Young..the Village People and KC and the Sunshine Band.
At the famous B.B. KING碨 CLUB at Universal Studios in Hollywood she recorded a Live Jazz Cd. The new cd will be released in 2004.
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