Michael Eugene Archer[3] (born February 11, 1974), better known by his stage name D'Angelo (/diˈænəl/), is an American singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, and record producer. He first garnered attention after co-producing the single "U Will Know" for R&B supergroup Black Men United. His debut studio album, Brown Sugar (1995), received widespread acclaim from music critics, who have credited the album for ushering in the neo soul movement; and was certified platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA). Its third single "Lady", reached the top ten on the Billboard Hot 100.

D'Angelo performing in 2012
Background information
Birth nameMichael Eugene Archer
Also known as
  • D ("Dee")
  • Mike
Born (1974-02-11) February 11, 1974 (age 48)
Richmond, Virginia, U.S.
  • Singer
  • songwriter
  • multi-instrumentalist
  • record producer
  • Vocals
  • guitar
  • piano
  • keyboards
Years active1991–present
Formerly of

He would then collaborate with artists such as Erykah Badu, Lauryn Hill, and then girlfriend Angie Stone. His next album, Voodoo (2000), debuted at number one on the US Billboard 200 and continued to receive critical acclaim. The album's lead single "Untitled (How Does It Feel)", earned him the Grammy Award for Best Male R&B Vocal Performance; likewise, Voodoo won Best R&B Album. Following this period, D'Angelo became increasingly uncomfortable with his growing status as a sex symbol. This was followed by numerous personal struggles including alcoholism, and a fourteen-year long musical hiatus.

D'Angelo returned to music with his third studio album Black Messiah, in December 2014. The album was met with critical acclaim and peaked at number five on the US Billboard 200. The same year, D'Angelo was hailed as the next Marvin Gaye by GQ.[4] D'Angelo also contributed to the soundtrack for the 2018 video game Red Dead Redemption 2, performing the song "Unshaken".

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