Michael Eugene Archer  born February 11, , better known by his stage name D'Angelo pronounced di -Angelo , is an American singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist and record producer. Born in Richmond, Virginia , the son of a Pentecostal minister, D'Angelo taught himself piano as a child. At eighteen, he won the amateur talent competition at Harlem's Apollo Theater three weeks in a row. After a brief affiliation with hip-hop group I. His debut solo album, Brown Sugar , received positive reviews and sold over two million copies. His next album, Voodoo , debuted at number one on the US Billboard Following this period, D'Angelo became more than uncomfortable with his growing status as a sex symbol.
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The clip catered to female desire: His pajama bottoms were just out of frame, creating the illusion that he was standing naked in front of you, showering you and only you with all of his attention. He returned 14 years later with Black Messiah , his surprise third album. What happened in between has been speculated on endlessly , thanks to his multiple arrests for assaulting a woman at a gas station, marijuana possession, carrying a concealed weapon, driving under the influence, and soliciting an undercover cop for sex , his time in rehab, and his generally reclusive personality. That he struggled with alcohol and drug abuse back then is well known by this point, but to hear it from the man himself—that he reached such a low point, he was incapable of making music—is especially heartbreaking. After tracking down the email of his collaborator Kendra Foster and proposing the project, Bijlsma was eventually invited on his Second Coming tour and filmed the footage herself over the course of two years.
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