Reported by Kacie Whaley
The moment all D’Angelo fans have been patiently awaiting is coming “sooner than later,” according to Kevin Liles, the soul singer’s manager. Last week, Liles revealed to Billboard that D’Angelo’s heavily anticipated follow-up to his 2000 album Voodoo will be released later this year, along with a tour. The “Brown Sugar” singer has been taunting the public with talks of a new album since at least 2007. He even went on a tour for the first time in 10 years in 2011 and 2012 and performed four new songs, “Ain’t That Easy,” “The Charade,” “In Another Life,” and “Sugar Daddy,” according to Eurweb.
Liles also spoke to Billboard early last year about the album’s schedule. “We’re trying to finish the album. Right now we have 13 songs done, trying to think about the sequence of the album, mastering and mixing within the next two weeks, and release the thing. Ain’t no question it’s coming.”
This year, Liles explained the calculated process of preparing D’Angelo to get back into the music biz:
Here’s the thing: with D’Angelo it was a process. He didn’t perform for 10 years and he’s been working on an album for the past 12 years. I actually got him to go out and do 30 shows [in 2011-2012], and then we did some ‘Brothers in Arms’ shows. I said, ‘We have to get motivated around what people want to hear from you, and what does it mean to come back to that space?’ He very bluntly put it, ‘Kev, the studio and the stage: that’s my lifeblood. Now that I’ve touched it again, now that I see it again, I wanna be sure that the baby I’m about to have — the album — that I take it to the point where it’s all it can be.
There’ll be an album this year: there’s 14 records so far, we might have a couple of bonus records, but all the recording is basically done and we’re mixing and mastering now. Definitely, he’ll be back.
We’ll probably start an international tour in October, we’ll come back [to the States]. We’re doing a James Brown tribute in August [at the Hollywood Bowl] and some one-off things. But the touring will probably start in October and 2015.
D’Angelo, who is usually a recluse in the media, has been making appearances to perform and discuss his upcoming project. Last month, he appeared at the Brooklyn Museum for a crowd of a couple hundred. Last weekend, he sang covers at Bonnaroo.
Are you excited about D’Angelo’s return to music?