Maxi Priest was born in London in 1961, his parents had moved there from Jamaica. His cousin, reggae singer Jacob Miller, was hugely popular in Jamaica when he was a child. Maxi started his musical career with London's Saxon Studio International, one of the UK's best known reggae sound systems. In 1988 he had his first big hit on his fourth studio album - a reggae cover of Cat Steven's Wild World. His following album in 1990 featured his international hit Close To You. In 1990, the song was number one on the US Billboard charts. The only other British reggae artist to hit number one on the US charts was UB40 - with both Red Red Wine and Can't Help Falling In Love.
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