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It’s rare to find a band that is steeped in tradition, yet remarkably modern, but The Maxx embodies that statement. Founding members Rod Whittaker (bass/keyboards/vocals), Leroy “Roc” Lovelace (sax/vocals), and Steven Rollins (guitar) are products of the Atlanta band era when neighborhood kids emulated their favorite 70′s funk groups. For over twenty years, The Maxx has continued this tradition by performing the music of their youth along with classic oldies and today’s pop music. Their energetic choreography and eclectic sound keeps them traveling the world entertaining countless weddings, conventions, and major corporate events; including Bill Gates and Microsoft.


The Maxx DNA consists of a strict work ethic instilled by their blue collar parents and endless childhood rehearsals. This discipline elevated The Maxx from a talent show house band to a college tour staple. By naming themselves after The Ohio Players’ album, Climax, it seems they were already prepared for greatness. As the music industry began to shift away from bands in favor of solo artists, the chance of signing to a major label became less likely. This change forced The Maxx to take control of their musical destiny. The process started when they re-named themselves The Maxx to establish their own unique sound. The band’s focus culminated to a decision to move from pursuing a record deal to pursuing their true passion; helping people enjoy life’s most treasured moments. Their Christmas album, For The Holidays, and intimate stage presence are proof of their commitment. By putting their clients first, The Maxx combines professionalism with captivating entertainment. -


Over the years, The Maxx has learned that in order to sustain a successful career, they would have to constantly re-invent themselves. With the addition of Mistee Merritt (Lead and Background Vocals), Dwight Smith (drums), and Menes Ray (trumpet/vocals), The Maxx stays current while propelling their legacy forward. On stage and off, The Maxx exemplify their name through a relentless pursuit of excellence. They tour 125 days out of the year while tailoring their set list to personalize every performance. Even with frequent travels, The Maxx has not forgotten their roots. They support children with their very own 501c3 non-profit, Musical Youth Of America, an organization developed to promote and provide music education to elementary and middle school children. Furthermore, they support and promote high school music programs, with their organization, Band Room Nation. The Maxx has come full circle in having two non-profit organizations give back to the community that produced them. The Maxx recognize that it’s more than music. It’s about creating special moments in people’s lives. Through their musical integrity, The Maxx invests in future generations while bringing joy to the hearts of many.



Song List

Note: This is a partial song list to show the diverse playlist of the band. New songs are added monthly.

Adele - Rollin in the Deep

Al Green - Let's Stay Together

Andy Williams - Moon River

Aretha Franklin - Freeway Of Love

B-52s - Love Shack

Barry White - Can't Get Enough of Your Love

Barry White - My First, My Last, My Everything

Bee Gees - Stayin Alive

Ben E. King - Stand By Me

Beyonce  - Crazy In Love

Beyonce  - Deja Vu

Bill Withers - Lovely Day

Black Eyed Peas - I Got a Feeling

Black Eyed Peas - Where Is The Love

Bob Carlisle - Butterfly Kisses

Bob Marley  - Is This Love

Bobby Brown - Every Little Step

Bon Jovi - You Give Love A Bad Name

Brenda Russell - Piano In The Dark

Britney Spears - Til The World Ends

Brooks and Dunn - Boot Skoot Boogie

Bruno Mars - Uptown Funk

Bruno Mars - Treasure

Bruno Mars - Locked Out of Heaven

Cameo - Word Up

Carly Ray Jepsen - Call Me Maybe

Cee Lo - Forget You

Chairmen Of The Board - Give Me Just A Little More Time

Chairmen Of The Board - Carolina Girls

Chaka Kahn - I'm Every Woman

Charlie Parker - Billies Bounce

Chic - Good Times

Christopher Cross - Sailing

Chuck Berry - Johnny B. Goode

Cypress Hill - Jump

Dave Brubeck - Girl From Ipanema

Dave Brubeck - Take 5

Diana Ross - Upside Down

Diana Ross - I'm Coming Out

Dionne Warwick - Walk On By

Donna Summer - Bad Girls

Donna Summer - Last Dance

Doris Troy - Just One Look

Dorothy Moore - Misty Blue

Duke Ellington - Satin Doll

Duke Ellington - Take The A Train

Earth, Wind & Fire - September

Earth, Wind & Fire - In The Stone

Ed Sheeran - The Shape Of You

Ella Fitzgerald - My Funny Valentine

Ella Fitzgerald - I Got Rhythm

Ella Fitzgerald - Misty

Elton John - Blessed

Elvis Presley - I Can't Help Falling In Love

Etta James - At Last

Fontella Bass - Rescue Me

Four Seasons - Oh What a Night

Four Tops - I Can't Help Myself

Frank Sinatra - All The Way

Frank Sinatra - The Way You Look Tonight

Frank Sinatra - Fly Me To The Moon

Frankie Lymon - Why Do Fools Fall In Love

Frankie Valli - Too Good To Be True

Get Luck - Daft Punk

Gladys Knight & The Pips - Midnight Train To Georgia

Gnarls Barkley - Crazy

Grey, Maren Morris, Zedd - The Middle

Harry Connick Jr - It Had To Be you

Heartland - I Loved Her First

Ideas of March - Vehicle

Ike And Tina Turner - Proud Mary

Isley Brothers - Shout

Jack Johnson - Better Together

James Taylor - How Sweet It Is

Joey Dee & The Starliters - Peppermint Twist

Journey - Don't Stop Believing

Justin Timberlake - Sexy Back

Katy Perry - Firework

KC & The Sunshine Band - Get Down Tonight

KC & The Sunshine Band - That's The Way I Like It

KC & The Sunshine Band - Boogie Shoes

Kool & The Gang - Celebration

Kool & The Gang - Get Down On It

Kool & The Gang - Ladies Night

Kool & The Gang - Jungle Boogie

Lady Gaga - Just Dance

Lee Ann Womack - I Hope You Dance

Lloyd Williams - Shama Lama Ding Dong

LMFAO - Party Rock Anthem

LMFAO - I'm Sexy and I Know It

Louis Armstrong - What A Wonderful World

Louis Armstrong - La Vie En Rose

Louis Armstrong - A Kiss To Build A Dream On

Lynyrd Skynyrd - Sweet Home Alabama

Maceo Pinkard - Sugar

Maroon 5 - Moves Like Jagger

Marsha Griffin - Electric Slide

Martha Reeves & The Vandellas - Dancin' In The Streets

Martha Reeves & The Vandellas - Heatwave

Marvin Gaye/Tammi Terrell - If I Could Build My Whole World

Marvin Gaye/Tammi Terrell - Your Precious Love

Marvin Gaye/Tammi Terrell - The Real Thing

Mary Chapin Carpenter - Passionate Kisses

Mary J. Blige - Just FIne

McFadden & Whitehead - Ain't No Stopping Us Now

Michael Jackson - Rock With You

Mr. C. - Cha Cha Slide

Nancy Wilson - The Best Is Yet To Come

Nat King Cole - Let There Be Love

Nat King Cole - Unforgettable

Nat King Cole - Our Love Is Here To Stay

Nat King Cole - Straighten Up And Fly Right

Natalie Cole - Almost Like Being In Love

Natalie Cole - Route 66

Natalie Cole - L.O.V.E.

Natalie Cole - Orange Colored Sky

Natalie Cole - Cry Me A River

Notorious B.I.G. - Mo Money Mo Problems

Otis Reading - Sitting On The Dock Of The Bay

Otis Reading - That's How Strong My Love Is

Outkast - Hey Ya

Outkast - The Way You Move

Pharell - Happy

Pitbull ft. Kesha - Timber

Pointer Sisters - I'm So Excited

Prince - 1999

Ramsey Louis - The In Crowd

Ray Charles - Georgia On My Mind

Ray Lamontagne - You Are The Best Thing

Ready for the World - Oh Sheila

Rihanna - Diamonds

Rihanna - Umbrella

Rihanna - Don't Stop The Music

Rod Stewart - Have I Told You Lately

Rod Stewart - This Old Heart Of Mine

Roy Orbison - Pretty Woman

Sam Hunt - Body Like A Back Road

Sam & Dave - Soul Man

Sean Mendes - There's Nothing Holding Me Back

Shania Twain - Man, I Feel Like A Woman

Snoop Dogg - Sensual Seduction

Stevie Wonder - My Cherie Amour

Stevie Wonder - Isn't She Lovely

Stevie Wonder - Sunshine Of My Life

Stevie Wonder - My Cherie Amour

Taio Cruz - Dynamite

Taj Mahal - Loving In The Back Of My Mind

Taste of Honey - Boogie Oogie Oogie

Taylor Swift - Shake It Off

Temptations - My Girl

Temptations - Aint Too Proud To Beg

The Beatles - In My Life

The Contours - Do You Love Me

The Drifters - More Than A Number

The Embers - I Love Beach Music

The Foundations - Build Me Up Buttercup

The Platters - With This Ring

The Supremes - Baby Love

The Trammps - Disco Inferno

The Trammps - Hold Back The Night

The Tymes - Ms. Grace

Tina Turner - Simpy The Best

V.I.C. - Wobble

Van Morrison - Brown Eyed Girl

Van Morrison - Someone Like You

Van Morrison - Tupelo Honey

Whitney Houston - I Wanna Dance

Whitney Houston - Exhale (Shoop, Shoop)

Wilson Picket - Mustang Sally

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