Given birth to and raised in Baltimore, Maximum Marshall studied style before moving to London to start her music profession. The daughter of the theater instructor — whose learners included Tupac Shakur — and a tour agent whose bus was frequently employed by big-name serves such as for example Ashford & Simpson and Globe, Wind & Fireplace, in her youngsters she often noticed those artists execute and surely got to satisfy them backstage, sparking the desire to become performer herself. After her mom bought her a electric guitar, she began composing songs and planing a trip to music conventions, at among which she fulfilled and was prompted in her profession choice by rapper Beanie Sigel. After learning style in Philadelphia, Marshall made a decision to proceed to London at age 18, employed in fashion being a developer and seamstress — including a stint with Charlie le Mindu creating wigs for Female Gaga — while wanting to obtain her feet in the entranceway from the music business. Her mixtape Forgive Me and 2013 debut one “Don’t Trip” drew evaluations to neo-soul performers like Jill Scott and Erykah Badu, however the Pressure EP acquired a more digital, dance-oriented audio. It drew the interest of stadium drum’n’bass duo Matrix & Futurebound, who recruited Marshall to sing lead vocals on the one “Control,” which peaked at amount six in the U.K. singles graph in January 2014, providing Marshall her first proper strike. She also started focus on an recording that was even more guitar-based and would display her folk, nation, and indie affects.