News: D'Angelo's Forthcoming Album Confirmed, Tags Mega Producers

Tuesday, Jan 20, 2009 12:15PM

Written by Cyrus Langhorne

Soulful singer D'Angelo is reportedly making a long-awaited comeback to fans with the release of his new album James River.

The Grammy-winning performer's new album is slated to drop later this year.

D'Angelo is expected to collaborate with Prince on his long-awaited first new album since 2000, reportedly titled James River and due this summer from J Records. In a statement, his manager, Lindsay Guion, says D'Angelo will also team with Gnarls Barkley's Cee-Lo Green. Collaborations with Raphael Saadiq, Mark Ronson and Roy Hargrove are already in the bag. (Billboard)

D'Angelo's new disc has been talked about and anticipated since summer 2008.

J Records was listening, as the first official word came out that a new single would emerge by the end of this year, with an as-yet-untitled album on tap for early 2009. This will be D'Angelo's J Records debut, and according to sources, he's already collaborated with Raphael Saadiq and also plans to record with John Mayer for the new album. (Soul Bounce)
The singer is renowned for introducing fans to a new form of R&B for over a decade.

D'Angelo was one of the founding fathers and leading lights of the neo-soul movement of the mid- to late '90s, which aimed to bring the organic flavor of classic R&B back to the hip-hop age. Modeling himself on the likes of Marvin Gaye, Stevie Wonder, Prince, Curtis Mayfield, and Al Green, D'Angelo's influences didn't just come across in his vocal style -- like most of those artists, he wrote his own material, helping to revive the concept of the R&B auteur. His debut album, Brown Sugar, gradually earned him an audience so devoted that the follow-up, Voodoo, debuted at number one despite a five-year wait in between. (All Music)

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