Max was raised on the backwater of the Coosa River in Cherokee County, Alabama. They started performing in their small family church at about 4. They continued performing at church and school but it wasn’t until they sang “Stand by Me”, at a beauty pageant at 15 that Max caught the performer’s bug. Max then became in demand as a beauty pageant host and entertainer. Max ran talent shows and sang at weddings, funerals, harvest festivals and honky tonks and just about anywhere else they were allowed on stage to hone their craft.
After being introduced to a Yamaha DX7 and a 4-track cassette recorder Max began recording original music and shopping the demos around in Nashville. Nashville may have been close to home but they were not known for the type of pop Max was producing at the time. Still, old fashioned door knocking at the record labels there bore fruit as a few A&R representatives took notice of their work.
The first real success for Max’s original music at the Modeling Association of America International, Inc. competition at the Waldorf Astoria in New York City, NY in 1989. They won first place in the talent division of the competition and medaled in the runway, photography, and commercial divisions.
In 1992 Max was reborn on the dance floor of the Quest night club in Birmingham, Alabama as Maximilliana. After working the Alabama drag circuit for a few years, Maximilliana came to Los Angeles and joined the cast of the Queen Mary Show Lounge in Studio City where they were a headliner in the show for 6 years.
After the closing of the Queen Mary, Maximilliana competed on several variety show competitions on television including America’s Got Talent. Max appeared on season 2 where they were part of the All Stars number broadcast live. Maximilliana made it into the top 88 acts on season 9 and was also part of the ‘Best Of’ episode that season.
In 2011 Maximilliana wrote, produced, recorded, and released their debut album entitled (maxi)milli-ana.
- Vocalist – Baritone Tenor Alto
- Other musical skills – Songwriter, music producer
- They/Them/Their pronouns