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Richmond, Virginia, United States

D’Angelo is the name of more than one artist
1) US soul singer, songwriter & producer
2) Brazilian jazz/samba group

1) D’Angelo (born Michael Eugene Archer on 11 February 1974 in Richmond, Virginia, United States) is a singer, keyboardist, and guitarist. He has released three albums, “Brown Sugar” (1995), “Voodoo” (2000), and “Black Messiah” as D’Angelo and the Vanguard (2014).

D’Angelo signed a publishing deal with EMI Music in 1991 after catching the attention of record executives with a demo tape. He penned the hit song “U Will Know” on the Jason’s Lyric soundtrack. It was performed by Black Men United for the Jason’s Lyric motion picture soundtrack. Shortly after, he was signed by Gary Harris and he began recording his debut album for EMI records.

Brown Sugar was released in June 1995. Though sales were sluggish at first, the album was eventually a hit, due in large part to “Lady,” a Top Ten hit on the Billboard Hot 100 charts, peaking at #10. The album earned platinum certification from the Recording Industry Association of America, following sales in excess of one million copies in the U.S., while its total sales have been estimated within the range of 1.5 million to over two million copies. The album helped give commercial visibility to the burgeoning neo soul movement of the 1990s, along with debut albums by Maxwell, Erykah Badu, and Lauryn Hill. The album was a critical success as well, and appeared on many critics’ “best of” lists for the year.


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  • brownswood


    23 Jan 12:30am Reply
  • affasf

    Johnny Rebel > D'Angelo

    12 Jan 4:32pm Reply
  • loulou311

    Black Messiah is pretty damn good IMO. Will have to try his previous releases. Really surprised that I enjoy this.

    11 Jan 2:45pm Reply
  • Magonb25

    Not good, for me.

    10 Jan 6:24pm Reply
  • TheMukeyM

    i think the album as a whole is better than voodoo and brown sugar but the 2 older albums had better singles. the artistic direction on this album has improved too, it feels like D'Angelo's sound has grown a lot.

    10 Jan 7:54am Reply
  • monorail_

    frustrating that black messiah autocorrects to an incorrect crediting but whatever great album and i usually can't get into rnb at all

    7 Jan 2:33am Reply
  • jdotperiod

    Not quite as good as Voodoo and Brown Sugar but definitely one of the best of the decade. [2] Respectfully disagree. It's on the same level as those two modern classics IMO.

    7 Jan 2:25am Reply
  • u2theedge


    31 Dec 2014 Reply
  • Ulalala16

    Not quite as good as Voodoo and Brown Sugar but definitely one of the best of the decade[2] His albums are amazing.

    31 Dec 2014 Reply
  • BuddieLove

    don't lock yourself out that door

    30 Dec 2014 Reply
  • FCA19795

    Welcome back Mr. Archer. Good to hear your voice again my friend.

    29 Dec 2014 Reply
  • -GS-

    Sitting firmly in the #1 spot on my list:

    28 Dec 2014 Reply
  • ireneorunes


    27 Dec 2014 Reply
  • HomelessJazz

    Not quite as good as Voodoo and Brown Sugar but definitely one of the best of the decade

    26 Dec 2014 Reply
  • Xhi

    nothing can stop the hypetrain

    25 Dec 2014 Reply
  • GoinPlaces


    22 Dec 2014 Reply
  • JeremyLee

    I've never been a d'angelo fan but black messiah is incredible!

    22 Dec 2014 Reply
  • godesu


    22 Dec 2014 Reply
  • godesu

    they are credited as D'Angelo and the Vanguard pretty much everywhere except itunes which uses ampersand but itunes was never a trustworthy source for tags although no one cares - or should not - for these petty things. i do because i have ocd

    22 Dec 2014 Reply
  • vuljami

    i don't usually like new-ish R&B or soul kinda music but i gotta say black messiah is some funky stuff

    21 Dec 2014 Reply
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