b. Michael Eugene Archer, 11th February 1974, Richmond, Virginia, U.S.A.
D’Angelo (a.k.a. Michael Eugene Archer) was born in Richmond, Virginia.
His father was a Pentecostal minister.
When he was 18 he won the amateur talent competition at Harlem's Apollo Theater.
He released a debut solo album, entitled ‘Brown Sugar’, in July 1995.
Over this time he dated soul singer Angie Stone and helped produce her debut album ‘Black Diamond’ in 1999.
brown sugar - 1995 / voodoo - 2000
After the release of ’Brown Sugar’, it was a further 5 years before he released his follow up album ‘Voodoo’ in 2000.
black messiah - 2014
Following a succession of personal issues (partnership separation, legal issues, and substance abuse) he released his third album, ‘Black Messiah’, in 2014.
He was supported by the backing group The Vanguard for this release.
The line-up featured: drummer Chris Dave, bassist Pino Palladino, guitarists Jesse Johnson and Isaiah Sharkey, vocalists Kendra Foster, Jermaine Holmes, and Charles ‘Redd’ Middleton, and keyboardist Cleo ‘Pookie’ Sample.
Brown Sugar (EMI Records 1995)
Live at the Jazz Cafe, London (EMI Records 1996)
Voodoo (Virgin Records 2000)
Black Messiah (RCA Records 2014)