You’d never know it listening to radio or watching videos now, but there was a time when men ruled the airwaves as vocalists. Not crouch grabbing rappers with guns and video hoes, but male singers. Michael Jackson, Prince, Jeffrey Osborne, James Ingram, Peabo Bryson, Luther Vandross, Kenny Loggins, Michael McDonald, George Michael, and Terence Trent D’Arby ruled the airwaves.
Terence is simply one of my favorite male singers of all time. he wasn’t a great video artist, but his songs and the vocals he recorded stand up to any vocal recorded by any man EVER! His downfall happened way to fast, but the music is here forever. Terence had a Kanye mouth long before Kanye appeared on the scene and back in the 80′s the media wasn’t having it. After a few braggadocio remarks like his debut was bigger than the Beatles and something to the effect of his being the best ever the media started to turn on Terence with a vengeance and pretty darn quickly too. On top of that he was the type of artist who wanted to grow and not repeat himself and that made it difficult for audiences to keep up and strained relations with his label.
No matter what the media had to say about him or the difficulties with the record company, Terence’s music is still here and so is he. He lives and records in Milan, Italy and tours with his band. Hopefully, he’ll drop through and see us again in the states. until then, enjoy this walk down memory lane and go find more of his music for yourself. Terence is a true artist and very definitely an URBAN POP icon
Sananda Francesco Maitreya (born Terence Trent Howard on March 15, 1962), better known by his former stage name Terence Trent D’Arby, is an American singer-songwriter. He also plays many instruments on and produces his own albums.
D’Arby was born in Manhattan, New York City, New York, in 1962. He grew up with his stepfather, Reverend James Benjamin Darby, a minister of the Pentecostal church; and Frances Darby, a gospel singer, teacher and counselor. D’Arby was known to childhood friends as Terry Darby. His family moved from New York to New Jersey to Chicago and then settled in DeLand, Florida, north of Orlando. A graduate of DeLand High School, he sang with the Modernaires, a show choir of high school.
D’Arby trained as a boxer in Orlando and won the Golden Gloves lightweight championship. He received an offer to attend boxing school in the United States Army, but his father insisted he go to college instead. Maitreya enrolled at the University of Central Florida but quit a year later, enlisting in the U.S. Army. He was posted at Fort Sill, Oklahoma, and then served in the 3rd Armored Division, near Frankfurt, Germany. He was formally discharged by the army in April 1983 after going absent without leave. While in Germany, he also worked with the band The Touch, releasing an album of material called Love On Time (1984). It was later re-issued in 1989 as Early Works after his worldwide success as a solo artist. In 1986 he left Germany for London, where he briefly played with the band, The Bojangels, after which he signed a solo recording deal.
D’Arby’s debut solo album, Introducing the Hardline According to Terence Trent D’Arby, released in 1987, is his best-known and, in commercial terms, most successful work. The album, which produced hits like “If You Let Me Stay”, “Wishing Well”, “Dance Little Sister”, and “Sign Your Name”, sold over a million copies in the first three days of its release, and its sales currently total over 12 million. The album also earned him a Grammy Award in March 1988 in the category Best R&B Vocal Performance, Male. In that same year, he earned a Soul Train Award nomination for Best New Artist.
His follow-up was the album Neither Fish Nor Flesh: A Soundtrack of Love, Faith, Hope & Destruction (1989). It sold over 2 million copies.
Also in 1989 he released the single “The Birth Of Maudie/An Chuileann” under the pseudonym The Incredible E.G. O’Reilly.
It took four more years and a move to Los Angeles until his next project, Symphony or Damn: Exploring the Tension Inside the Sweetness (1993) was released. The record explored some of the themes of Neither Fish Nor Flesh, and contains the singles “Delicate” and “She Kissed Me”. It gathered favorable reviews and was played widely on radio. It peaked at #4 on the UK Album Charts.
In 1995, D’Arby released Vibrator, which largely followed Symphony or Damn in its musical direction. It was well received, and also followed by a very successful world tour.
During the 1990s, the relations between him and his record label Columbia Records became strained, eventually leading to his departure in 1996. He moved to Java Records for one year, during which he recorded Terence Trent D’Arby’s Solar Return, which was not released. In 2000, he bought back the rights to his unreleased album and left the record company as well as his management team, Lippman Entertainment.
In 1999, D’Arby collaborated with INXS to replace his friend, late vocalist Michael Hutchence, so the band could play at the opening of facilities for the Sydney Olympics.
D’Arby adopted the name Sananda Maitreya, following a series of dreams and he legally changed his name to Sananda Maitreya on October 4, 2001. He proclaimed in an interview that “Terence Trent D’Arby was dead…he watched his suffering as he died a noble death”, in what was perceived as an attempt to reinvent himself artistically and free himself from what he believed to be the oppressive nature of the record business.
In 2001, Maitreya moved back to Europe and Germany, resettling in Munich and starting his own independent record label, Treehouse Pub. The year also marked his first album release in six years, as the unreleased Terence Trent D’Arby’s Solar Return was revamped into Wildcard. The album, which received a warm critical welcome, was at first available for free through his website, and later gained a commercial release through a one-album distribution deal with Universal Music and then an with an independent release with the artist’s own record label.
In 2002, the now 40-year-old Maitreya moved to Milan, Italy, and began working on his next project, Angels & Vampires – Volume I. The songs were initially released through Weedshare by chapters, allowing the fans to get a glimpse of the work as it evolved. On July 29, 2005, the fully mastered album was finally released through his website utilizing the mp3 format.
In July 2005, Maitreya started working on Angels & Vampires – Volume II. He released each chapter online as he finished recording the songs. On April 29, 2006, he released the finished mastered album in his online shop. That was followed by the release of the 2CD limited edition of ‘Angels & Vampires’ at the end of 2007. In 2009, the album Nigor Mortis: A Critical Mass was released on his official website both as a CD and as Mp3. In 2010 he started the recording of his next project called The Sphinx, its first chapter, made of 3 instrumental classical songs, is available on the ecommerce of the artist official website.
Maitreya currently[update] lives in Milan, Italy where he continues to create music. Since the early stages of his music career he has always written, composed, arranged and produced all his tracks. In his later albums such as Angels & Vampires and Nigor Mortis he also played all instruments. He is also currently touring with his band ‘The Nudge Nudge’ around Europe to present his new music called ‘Post Millennium Rock’.