D’Angelo’s first substantial success was his co-writing and co-producing of the song “U Will Know” for the all-male R&B supergroup Black Men United, which featured heavy-weight artists Usher, R Kelly and Boyz II Men amongst others.
Michael Archer’s debut album entitled “Brown Sugar” released in June 1995 had a slow commercial start but eventually managed to sell 500,000 copies within five months. The release turned D’Angelo into a household R&B name whilst promoting the neo-soul movement of the 1990s with the likes of Maxwell and Erykah Badu. He even appeared as a guest vocalist on the track “Nothing Even Matters" on Lauryn Hill’s genre-defining album “The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill”.
Five years later after a significant hiatus in his music career D’Angelo returned to release the album “Voodoo” in the year 2000. Known as D’Angelo’s finest work, the album is universally acclaimed for it’s sprawling, visionary approach seemingly so before its time yet inclusive of many of D’Angelo’s influences including Marvin Gaye and Stevie Wonder. Commercially the album sold over 320,000 copies in its first week, debuted at number one in the US Billboard 200 Chart and has since sold over 1.7 million copies. A year later in 2001, along with his recording engineer Russel Elevado, D’Angelo won the Grammy Award for Best R&B Album.
In 2012 he announced a 11-date tour throughout Europe and performed his first American gig in over 11 years at The House of Blues Hollywood.