Michael Eugene Archer formerly known as D’Angelo, is a fourteen Grammy Nominated R&B Artist, winning Best R&B album, Best Male R&B Vocal Performance in 2001 for his album VooDoo, as well as Best R&B Album and Best R&B Song in 2016 for his album Black Messiah.
D’Angelo grew up in Richmond, Virginia, son to a Pentecostal Minister; he began to teach himself how to play the piano at a very early age. When D’Angelo was 18 he won the amateur talent competition at Harlem’s Apollo Theater three weeks in a row. After briefly being a member of a hip-hop group called I.D.U., his first major success came in 1994 as the co-writer and co-producer of “U Will Know”.
In 1995, D’Angelo released his world renowned album titled “Brown Sugar” which received rave reviews and sold over two million copies. Along with artists like Erykah Badu, Lauryn Hill, Maxwell, and collaborator Angie Stone, D’Angelo became part of the Neo soul movement.
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Following this D’Angelo went on a hiatus before releasing Voodoo in January 2000, which debuted at number one. Its lead single “Untitled (How Does It Feel),” was a smash on the R&B charts.
Following the release of “Untitled (How Does It Feel),” D’Angelo became more uncomfortable with his growing status as a sex symbol.
This was followed by numerous personal struggles including alcoholism, and a fourteen-year musical hiatus. D’Angelo released his third studio album, Black Messiah, in December 2014, although it was originally set for release in 2015; the album was met with critical acclaim and fared well on music charts, peaking at number five on the US Billboard 200.