Brandy might be the unofficial comeback kid of 2012, but there’s another popular 90’s artist creeping back onto the scene. Fans have been craving new music from this soul artist and it’s finally time for him to deliver.
Known as one of the pillars of the Neo-Soul movement, singer D’Angelo is making his way back into the spotlight. With only two studio albums released, the Grammy Award winning artist made a huge impact on the music industry during his heyday and his comeback is already in full effect. The smooth crooner kicked off 2012 with a short European tour that gave hope to fans who had been yearning for his return for over a decade.
It appears that their hope wasn’t in vain: At the beginning of the month, Essence announced that the singer would be performing at their annual music festival in July. A few days ago, it was leaked that D’Angelo will be part of the hush-hush lineup for Jay-Z’s Made in America festival this Labor Day weekend. Finally, in an incredible interview with the iconic men’s magazine GQ, D’Angelo reveals that a new album is on the horizon.
In the article, the singer bared all and gave insight into his separation from the music world. After his jaw dropping and controversial video “Untitled (How Does It Feel)”, D’Angelo felt suffocated by the pressures of fame and fell into a few headlining crises worthy of Olivia Pope’s services. Friends and fans feared the musician was heading down the same path of destruction many musical geniuses seem to follow. Although he revealed he struggles with his demons on a day-to-day basis, the soul singer guaranteed his head is now “straight.”
In a world where Pop dominates, is it possible for this Neo-Soul founder to once again take the industry by storm? Absolutely. Back in 2009, fellow Neo-Soul leader Maxwell released his fourth album BLACKsummers’night after almost a 10-year hiatus. The album debuted at #1 on the Billboard 200, produced four successful singles, and earned the singer six Grammy nominations which led to two wins.
Even though I was very young when D’Angelo’s debut Brown Sugar was released and less than mature during the Voodoo days, both albums are in frequent rotation in my iTunes library. Like every other fan, I am more than ready for new music from this talented singer. Though the project’s release date, title and tracklisting is still up in the air, I expect this project to be nothing short of legendary.Tags: Brandy, D'Angelo, Essence Music Festival, GQ, Made In America, Maxwell, Neo-Soul