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D'AngeloOne of the founders of the “Neo-Soul” movement of the 1990s, which combined the soulfulness of classic R&B with the edginess of the hip-hop, D’Angelo has become one of the most respected musical voices of this generation. The son of a Baptist preacher, he started playing the keyboard at age 3, and was heavily influenced by the church music that surrounded him. In addition to gospel and spiritual tunes, he spent much of his childhood listening to artists like Stevie Wonder, George Clinton, James Brown, and Prince. His two classic album Brown Sugar and Voodoo are considered two of the oeuvre’s finest and follows in the sultry soul traditions of Al Green, Marvin Gaye, and Prince. The 1995 release of his album Brown Sugar reigned in D’Angelo’s first commercial success, as the project went on to earn certified platinum status. The long-awaited followup album, Voodoo, came after his nearly five-year absence from the music scene, but was a massive success with critics and audiences alike. The hit single, “Untitled (How Does It Feel)” became one of the biggest songs of the year, and earned him a Grammy for Best Male R&B Vocal Performance. Voodoo also won Best R&B Album of that year. His latest eagerly-anticipated project, which brings to an end a fourteen-year hiatus, is called Black Messiah.

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