Michael D'Angelo Archer, well known through his stage name D'Angelo, a Grammy Award winning American record producer, soul singer, pianist, songwriter, and guitarist was born on 11th February, 1974 in Richmond, Virginia. D'Angelo is famous for his songwriting talents and production in so far as for his verbal abilities. D’Angelo has himself persuaded the echo of the modern R&B, mainly neo-soul. D'Angelo first 2 studio albums, Voodoo, and Brown Sugar, have acquired much critical and commercial acclaim, frequently being passed on by a few critics as "two of the most excellent and singular R&B albums of the past 15 years.”
D'Angelo was the son of Pentecostal parson. At an early age, D'Angelo started performing. Archer has a son, Michael Jr. (born in 1998), with a fellow soul songster Angie Stone. And His daughter Imani was born in October 1999.
In January 2005, D'Angelo was seized and accused with the custody of marijuana, custody of controlled substance, and driving as intoxicated. Archer felt guilty to DUI and marijuana charge and, on 13th April, was given a hovering sentence and his driver's license was cancelled. On 12th September, Archer achieved 3 years suspended prison term on the cocaine possession charge.
On 19th September, 2005, D'Angelo was critically wounded in Powhatan County, Virginia. Archer was not draining a seatbelt.
On 10th August, 2007, D'Angelo was charged to the car accident that happened on 19th September, 2005. And these charges comprised careless driving and a hanging license. Archer appealed guilty to theses accuses. D'Angelo was allowed to pay about $1,250 fine, besides it was snatched his license for fifteen months. Archer received 9 month suspended jail prison term.
D'Angelo was provided a recording deal through EMI A & R executive, Gary Harris, and penned the hit song "U Will Know" on the Jason's Lyric soundtrack. And it was presented through Black Men United for Jason's Lyric motion picture soundtrack.
After some time, D'Angelo started recording his debut album, Brown Sugar, unconfined in June 1995. And the album remained hit, and a Top 10 hit on Billboard Hot 100 charts, peaking at #10. And this supported kick start the growing neo soul singers of the 1990s: Erykah Badu, Maxwell (musician) and others. And the album was decisive achievement as well, and emerged on lots of critics’ “best of" lists for the year.
During 5 years gap, D'Angelo emerged on various soundtracks, comprised Belly ("Devil's Pie"), frequently singing covers like "She's Always in My Hair" (Prince, Scream 2), "Heaven Must Be Like This" (The Ohio Players, Down in the Delta), and "Girl You Need a Change of Mind" (Eddie Kendrick, Get on the Bus), with emerging on Lauren Hill's landmark The Malediction of Lauren Hill on the duet "Nothing Even Matters".
After releasing the Brown Sugar, Voodoo, was lastly free in 2000. And it debuted at the #1 and achieved two Grammy Awards, one for Best Male R&B Vocal Performance and other for Best R&B Album. D'Angelo second single album, "Untitled (How Does It Feel)" (a homage to the renowned artist Prince), that became a giant R&B hit sustain by a pioneering yet notorious video featuring a apparently nude D'Angelo. And the video was selected for 4 MTV Video Music Awards and currently ranks #44 in VH1's list of the 100 Greatest Videos. Archer performed "Be Here" from Saadiq's album Instant Vintage.
In the year of 2002, Q magazine named him in their list of the "50 Bands To See Before You Die", and in 2003 Voodoo was ranked at number 488 on Rolling Stone's 500 Greatest Albums of All Time.
After releasing Voodoo album, D'Angelo worked hard for his 3rd album James River. And after a lengthy period of idleness, D'Angelo has formed guest appearances on numerous albums, comprised releases through J Dilla, Common , Red Hot & Riot and The RH Factor.
In August 2006 D’Angelo began teamwork with Q-Tip and Common. D'Angelo was featured on the song "Imagine", through Dr. Dre and Snoop Dogg, from his album Tha Blue Carpet Treatment, unconfined on 21st November, 2006.
On 17th April, 2007 a new song named "Really Love" was seep out on the Triple J Radio in Australia by ?uestlove. D'Angelo had a guest appearance on Common's 2007 album, Finding Forever on a track, "So Far to Go", a song that first appeared on J Della’s 2006 release, The Shining.
In accordance with the press release, the new collection is titled "The Best So Far..." "Because D'Angelo is far from finished, currently writing and recording his highly anticipated next musical chapter." His 3rd studio album, set to be named James River, has been alleged to be unconfined in 2009.
|US Hot 100||US R&B/Hip-Hop|
|1994||"U Will Know" (as a part of Black Men United)||28||5||Jason's Lyric OST|
|1995||"Brown Sugar"||27||5||Brown Sugar|
|"Me and Those Dreamin' Eyes of Mine"||74||25|
|1998||"She's Always In My Hair"||—||—||Scream 2 OST|
|1999||"Nothing Even Matters" (Lauren Hill featuring D'Angelo)||105||25||The Malediction of Lauren Hill|
|"Break Ups 2 Make Ups" (Method Man featuring D'Angelo)||98||29||Tical 2000: Judgment Day|
|"Heaven Must Be Like This"||—||74||Down In The Delta OST / Live At The Jazz Cafe|
|"Left & Right" (featuring Method Man & Redman)||75||18||Voodoo|
|2000||"Untitled (How Does It Feel)"||25||2|
|"Send It On"||—||33|
|"Feel Like Makin' Love"||—||109|
|2002||"Be Here" (Raphael Saadiq featuring D'Angelo)||—||61||Instant Vintage|
|2007||"Imagine" (Snoop Dogg featuring Dr. Dre & D'Angelo)||—||107||Blue Carpet Treatment|
|"So Far To Go" (Common featuring D'Angelo)||—||—||Finding Forever|
|2008||"I Found My Smile Again"||—||—||The Best So Far...|