Nearly seven years after singer Maxwell released his last album, BLACKsummers’night, he is set to release a new album, second in the trilogy, entitled blackSUMMERS’night this summer.

The first single is “Lake by the Ocean.” Maxwell did a surprise release of the single and followed up with a tour announcement. The long awaited second album in the blackSUMMERS’night trilogy has been in the works for the past few years in New York City. Maxwell teamed up with the same producers and musicians that were responsible for his first album twenty years ago. Although he worked with the same people, Maxwell wanted to go for a different kind of sound on this new album. He says that it has a more “trippy” feel than anything he has done before.

Maxwell grew up singing in the church. He did not get serious about music until he was 17 years old and began writing his own music on a cheap Casio keyboard. In 1991, at 18 years old, Maxwell began performing in different nightclubs around New York City. He signed to Columbia records in 1994, and two years later, he released his debut album. Maxwell is credited with being one of the artists to begin the neo-soul movement.