The news comes after he released 'Lake by the Ocean'
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Maxwell has been away from the spotlight for seven years but the soul singer is ready to hit the road to promote his upcoming album blackSUMMERS’night. Surrounding the July 1 release of the new album, Maxwell will go on a North American tour.

The Grammy-winning artist recently released “Lake by the Ocean,” the lead single from blackSUMMERS’night and his first new song in six years. The new collection follows 2009’s BLACKsummers’night, which he described as the beginning or a trilogy.

“I hope people don’t hate me for taking so long [to release new music] — but I want my real life to be in these songs, Maxwell told EW in a recent interview. “I don’t want them to be written [quickly]. I’m not a typical sort of pop artist. I’m not really concerned about being No. 1. But at the end of the day, I want to surprise people a little bit. So hopefully there will be some element of surprise.”

Check out Maxwell’s tour dates below, and on his website.

04-23 New Orleans, LA – New Orleans Fair Ground

04-24 Tobago, Trinidad and Tobago – Tobago Jazz Experience

06-10 Tacoma, WA – Emerald Queen Casino

06-20 Sacramento, CA – Sacramento Convention Center

06-21 Saratoga, CA – Mountain Winery

06-23 Paso Robles, CA – Vina Robles Amphitheatre

06-28 Albuquerque, NM – Sandia Resort and Casino

06-29 Oklahoma City, OK – The Criterion

07-01—07-03 New Orleans, LA – Essence Festival

07-04 Montreal, Quebec – Olympia Theatre

07-05 Toronto, Ontario – Massey Hall

07-06 Buffalo, NY – Shea’s Performing Arts Center

07-08 New London, CT – The Grand Theater at Foxwoods Casino

07-09 Brooklyn, NY – Coney Island Amphitheatre

07-11 Columbus, OH – Palace Theatre

07-12 Mount Pleasant, MI – Soaring Eagle Casino and Resort

07-14 Louisville, KY – Louisville Palace Theater

07-15 Nashville, TN – Ascend Amphitheater

07-16 Little Rock, AR – Verizon Arena

07-18 Austin, TX – Moody Theater

07-19 San Antonio, TX – Majestic Theatre

07-22 Coachella, CA – Spotlight 29 Casino

07-26 Greenville, SC – The Peace Center Concert Hall

07-29 Norfolk, VA – Chrysler Hall

07-29 Raleigh, NC – The Red Hat Amphitheatre

07-30 Chattanooga, TN – Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Auditorium

07-31 Birmingham, AL – Birmingham-Jefferson Convention Complex

08-03 Orlando, FL – Walt Disney Theatre at Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing arts

08-04 Clearwater, FL – Richard B. Baumgardner Center for the Performing Arts

08-06 North Augusta, SC – Richmond County Civic Center

08-07 Jacksonville, FL – Times-Union Center for the Performing Arts