Singer, musician, songwriter and producer Frankie Beverly is the man behind the band, Maze. He began
singing at a tender age, and eventually he took up with the group, the Butlers. Beverly continues to tour around the globe
today with Maze, taking his sweet Philly sound and funk with him.Experience the timeless music of Frankie Beverly and Maze
at venues like the: UNO Lakefront Arena in New Orleans, Louisiana; Chastain Park Amphitheatre in Atlanta, Georgia; Farm Bureau
Live in Virginia Beach, Virginia; DTE Energy Music Theatre in Clarkston, Michigan; PNC Music Pavilion in Charlotte, North
Carolina; BJCC Concert Hall in Birmingham, Alabama; and more!To stay on top of all of his concert dates, make sure you sign
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When he was only a child, Frankie Beverly began singing gospel music at
his church in his hometown of Philadelphia.In his formative teen years, he established The Blenders – an a cappella,
doo-wop band inspired by bands of the era (The Moonglows, The Del Vikings and The Dells). The Blenders' tenure was short-term
but it didn't take long for him to form another act, The Butlers. The Butlers turned out to be the first group he ever recorded
with, which was in 1963.
The Butlers didn't fit the mold of "Philly Sound," so Beverly learned to play the keyboard
and rhythm guitar and started Raw Soul along with Sam Porter, McKinley Williams and Roame Lowry. Although they were not hurting
for gigs around the City of Brotherly Love, Beverly believed that California offered more promise. In 1971, he moved to the
San Francisco/Oakland area. Three more members joined the Raw Soul lineup, billing it as a funk band.
The single, "Open
up Your Heart," the band's debut track was released by Eldorado Records. Eventually, two other singles were released on Gregor
Records, which similar to the Eldorado single, covered solving the world's problems, eliminating social injustices and ending
prejudice and inequality.The tune, "Color Blind," was sprinkled with funk horns, characteristic of the '70s. It posed the
question, "What color is harmony?"
Raw Soul became very well-known regionally but never quite broke through the national
mainstream.Eventually, the iconic Marvin Gaye gave the group a chance when he enlisted Raw Soul to support him on a tour with
their original material. Shortly after their tour with Gaye, the group inked a deal with Capitol Records. Taking Gaye's suggestion
to change their name, the Raw Soul concept was scrapped and Beverly started up Maze. He kept the core members and brought
in new talents aboard to complete his lineup.
Their first album, Maze featuring Frankie Beverly, yielded the hit tracks
"Lady of Magic," "While I'm Alone" and "Happy Feelin's." Maze earned their first gold record off the effort and cultivated
a loyal fan base as well. The albums that followed Golden Time of Day (1978), Inspiration (1979) and Joy and Pain (1980) additionally
struck a chord with fans. They next cut the album, Live in New Orleans, which generated the infectious songs of "We Need Love
to Live," "Running Away" and "Before I Let Go." By the time that album hit the streets, the band had cemented a reputation
both in the U.S. and the United Kingdom. In 1985, Can't Stop the Love dropped, which included "Back In Stride." The single
made it to No. 1 on the R&B charts - their first. Another track from the album, "Too Many Games," rocketed to the Top
5 and also ranked at No. 36 in the U.K.
In 1989, Maze shifted to Warner Bros. and put out the Silky Soul album. Back
to Basics followed in 1993.
After years of trying to pierce the mainstream music scene, Beverly was unloading singles
by the truckload. Beverly skimmed the best elements from Raw Soul and the Butlers and injected them into Maze. His recipe
for success worked! Today, Maze continues to trek around Europe and the U.S. and annually they punctuate the Essence Music
Maze Hit Albums
Maze's studio albums include: Maze featuring Frankie Beverly (1977); Golden
Time of Day (1978); Inspiration (1979); Joy and Pain (1980); We Are One (1983); Can't Stop the Love (1985); Silky Soul (1989);
and Back to Basics (1993).
Perhaps even more signature than his music is Frankie Beverly's
style. On stage, Beverly often sports an all-white outfit, which includes a long-sleeved shirt, slacks and a baseball cap.
Maze Concert Experience
Although the soulful and funky Frankie Beverly and Maze have never claimed any awards,
they continue to be coined as the, "best kept secret in the industry" because they continue to draw sold-out crowds everywhere
To hear the smooth voice of Frankie Beverly in person, make sure you grab your tickets now for one of his upcoming
shows! Don't miss out on your chance to listen to chart-burners like "Feel That You're Feeling," "Joy and Pain," "Look in
Your Eyes," "Travelin' Man, Southern Girl," "Can't Stop the Love," "Never Let You Down," "I Love You Too Much," "Love is the
Key," "I Can't Get Over You," "What Goes Up," "Laid Back Girl," "The Morning After" and more!