*Maxwell is calling his upcoming tour with Jill Scott “my dream come true, basically.”
Billboard is reporting that the R&B pair will launch a 20-show run on May 21 in Cleveland. Maxwell ways he will close each night, but is hoping to join Scott on stage at some point during the concerts.
“I would love to. I think it would be great,” Maxwell says. “I think it would be great to create something special like that because she’s just so good, you know? It’s two different shows; she’s got her own look and her own thing she’s doing visually and stagewise, and I have my own thing. But hopefully we’ll be able to overlap the show, somehow. I think people deserve that, something special like that.”
Maxwell says he’s met Scott on several occasions, including a 2008 BET Awards tribute to Al Green and this year’s NAACP Awards, but is looking forward to getting better acquainted during the tour.
“I’m sure we’ll be hanging out and, y’know, she’ll probably teach me what to do on stage, vocally,” Maxwell notes. “I could probably benefit from her wisdom.”
Maxwell’s “BLACKsummers’night,” his first album in eight years, debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 last July, went platinum and has picked up two Grammy Awards. He also made history as the first male artist to score three consecutive No. 1 hits — “Pretty Wings,” “Bad Habits” and “Fistful of Tears” — on the Urban Adult airplay chart.
He predicts that another one or two singles are possible from “BLACKsummers’night” (“Love You” and “Stop the World” are the odds-on favorites), but he’s also putting the finishing touches on its follow-up, “BlackSUMMERS’night,” which he expects to release some time between September and February. He’ll eventually complete the trilogy with “Blacksummers`NIGHT.”