MIRAMAR – The Miramar Cultural Center Signature Series continues with An Evening with Maxi Priest on Saturday, March 30 at 8 p.m. Priest has enjoyed tremendous success with his unique fusion of reggae and R&B styles, and is best known for his hit song Close to You.
He has also collaborated with some of reggae music’s biggest stars including Roberta Flack on Set the Night to Music and “ Shaggy on That Girl.”
Tickets are $35, $40 and $45 with a two-show subscription package offering a savings of 10 percent. The center is at 2400 Civic Center Pl. on Red Road, north of Miramar Parkway, in Miramar.
Born in London after his parents relocated to England from Jamaica, Priest began to sing in church and grew up listening to gospel, reggae and R&B.
Searching for his identity and a sense of belonging led him to embrace his cultural heritage and roots, themes still expressed in his music.
Priest released his debut album You’re Safe in 1985. Shortly after in 1987, Priest left England for Jamaica and recorded his third album in Kingston.
However, it was with the 1990 release of Close to You that Priest became the first reggae singer in years to have a number one single in the U.S.
His most recent retrospective album, Maximum Collection, was released in June 2012 It has earned him a place among other reggae greats including Bob Marley, Jimmy Cliff and Dennis Brown.