It’s been seven years too long since silky soulman Maxwell went AWOL from the industry after his third album, but thankfully his devotees will witness hs musical resurrection this July, when he releases his highly-anticipated trilogy, “BlackSummer’s Night.”

Last night, an invite-only reception in honor of the Brooklyn-born crooner was held at the Sony Club in New York city. The Grammy-winning artist spoke earnestly to industry insiders about his much-needed hiatus.

“I became disenchanted [with the industry] and began to question why I was making music,” Maxwell explained. “I think when I announced I was taking a break people didn’t take me seriously and thought I was upset about the reception of my album “Now,”…but it was just something I needed to do.”

At the end of the evening, Maxwell stayed around to meet and greet everyone and take a few pics with adoring fans. Attendees received a special gift: an IPod wireless multi-room music system.

We predict that Maxwell’s first single, “Pretty Wings,” a hauntingly melodic, love-them-and-leave-them anthem, will be a bonafide charttopper.–KNB