Maxwell Returns With Soul-Stirring Ballad, “We Never Saw It Coming”


Musically, Maxwell has been M.I.A. The Grammy Award winning singer’s last album was 2016’s blackSUMMER’s night. However, last week, Max took to his Instagram account to tease a new song titled, “We Never Saw it Coming.”

This week, the 45-year-old crooner decided to release the slow-burning ballad–in conjunction with Tidal, who will also debut a short film titled, The Glass House. Over the piano-led record, Maxwell croons about being caught-off guard emotionally, as well as being blindsided by relationships.

“As an artist I feel a responsibility to entertain as well as inform,” Maxwell says of the song and short-film via press release. “In the words of the great Nina Simone, ‘it is the duty of the artist to reflect the times.’ If we are to leave the world better than we found it, we all have to come together, unified in love, for our fellow man and this beautiful planet that we all call home.”

The Glass House was written and directed by Gerard Bush and Christopher Renz–Bush + Renz.


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Maxwell’s debut album Urban Hang Suite, was released in 1996. He’s often credited with launching the “Neo Soul” era.  Since his rookie debut, Maxwell has spent decades crafting unique love, mental and spiritual ballads.

Also back in 2017, Maxwell released the remix to his hit song “Gods.”

Listen to “We Never Saw it Coming” above.