Who Am I Listening To: D’Angelo

We are taking you back this Friday with the addictive, silky smooth vocals of D’Angelo.

For those younger Pit Stoppers out there, Michael Eugene Archer known as D’Angelo is an iconic American singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist and record producer.

Described as one of the founders and luminaries of the late 90’s neo-soul movement which brought about the organic flavour of classic R&B, alongside the likes of Erykah Badu and Lauryn Hill.

Born in Richmond, Virginia and was raised entirely by a Pentecostal family. Teaching himself piano from an early age, it wasn’t long before he was spotted by his brother and at the age of 18, he won a talent competition at Harlem’s Apollo Theatre three weeks in a row.

At 18 years old it was clear he was immensely driven, he dropped out of school and moved across to New York City to further develop his music career.

His debut solo album, ‘Brown Sugar’ (1995) sold over two million copies in total and 300,000 copies within its first two months of release, plus received plenty of positive reviews.

His following album, ‘Voodoo’ debuted at number one on the US Billboard 200, featuring ‘Untitled (How Does It Feel)’ which ended up nabbing a Grammy for Best Male R&B Vocal and the album took out Best R&B Album.

The first two singles, ‘Devil’s Pie’ and ‘Left & Right’ peaked at 69 and 70 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart.

D’Angelo ended up taking a lengthy hiatus dealing with some personal struggles to which he finally released his third studio album in 2014 titled, ‘Black Messiah’.

The album received much critical acclaim but peaked at number five on the US Billboard 200.

So let’s reminisce with some of these golden D’Angelo classics.

‘Brown Sugar’

‘Untitled (How Does It Feel)’

‘Lady’

 

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