Before Maxwell became Maxwell, he was a busboy cleaning up dirty dishes left by patrons who ate until their bellies were full, and enjoyed the luxury of not having to tidy up behind themselves. Fast forward 20 years and six albums later, Maxwell is a long way from cleaning tables, however, that hasn’t stopped him from reaching back out to folks with talent in similar situations.
The Internet was blown away when a Dollar General store clerk in Lansing, Mich., effortlessly sang the 44-year-old’s classic song “Ascension” from his debut record Urban Hang Suite. Racking up a smooth 500 million views and countless retweets, Lucas Holiday rightfully became the Internet’s newest darling. It wasn’t soon before Maxwell himself saw the video.
“if anyone knows where this guy lives let me know i wanna bring him on stage!!!” #soulhasnocolor #maxwellsurbanhangsuite #donteverwonder https://t.co/DkpWmpXtXq
— MAXWELL (@_MAXWELL_) November 12, 2016
Well the good folks over at “Good Morning America” tracked down Holiday and were able to connect him with Maxwell where the singer praised him for his talent, and reminding anyone who may have forgotten about the beauty of his Urban Hang Suite. The blackSUMMERS’night artist then invited him on stage to his Detroit show.
Holiday, the leader of a funk band named Tell Yo Mama, was overcome with emotion and obviously accepted Maxwell’s invitation. “Please, please please, yes, please lord,” the 26-year-old said.
You know, sometimes the Internet is real cruddy place, but in times like this it proves to be pretty dope.
This man’s vocal range? Absolutely shook. pic.twitter.com/Rupiy5HUQp
— Court Kim (@TheCourtKim) November 11, 2016