Terence Trent D'Arby

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Sananda Maitreya
Birth nameTerence Trent Howard
Also known as
  • Terence Trent D'Arby
  • Sananda Maitreya
Born (1962-03-15) March 15, 1962 (age 57)
Manhattan, New York, U.S.
Origin Bronx, New York City, New York
  • Singer
  • songwriter
  • Vocals
  • piano
  • guitar
  • bass guitar
  • keyboards
  • drums
  • percussion
  • banjo
  • harmonica
  • organ
Years active1984–present
Website sanandamaitreya.com

Sananda Francesco Maitreya (born Terence Trent Howard, March 15, 1962), better known by his former stage name Terence Trent D'Arby, is an American singer and songwriter who came to fame with his debut studio album, Introducing the Hardline According to Terence Trent D'Arby (1987). The album included the hit singles "If You Let Me Stay", "Dance Little Sister" "Sign Your Name" and "Wishing Well"; "Wishing Well" became a number one hit.

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<i>Introducing the Hardline According to Terence Trent DArby</i> 1987 studio album by Terence Trent DArby

Introducing the Hardline According to Terence Trent D'Arby is the debut studio album by Terence Trent D'Arby. It was released in July 1987 on Columbia Records, and became an instant number one smash in the UK, spending a total of nine weeks (non-consecutively) at the top of the UK Albums Chart. It was eventually certified 5x Platinum. Worldwide, the album sold a million copies within the first three days of going on sale. The album's success was slower in the U.S. It was released there in October 1987, eventually peaking at number four on May 7, 1988 – the same week that the single "Wishing Well" hit number one on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100. It did peak higher on the Billboard R&B Albums chart at #1 around the same time.

If You Let Me Stay 1987 single by Terence Trent DArby

"If You Let Me Stay" is the debut single by American singer Terence Trent D'Arby in 1987. It was taken from his debut album, Introducing the Hardline According to Terence Trent D'Arby.


Early life

Terence Trent D'Arby was born Terence Trent Howard in Manhattan in 1962. [1] His mother is Frances Howard, a gospel singer, [2] teacher and counselor. She married Bishop James Benjamin Darby, who became his stepfather and raised him, hence "his last name changed and later he completed it with the apostrophe." [1]

He trained as a boxer in Orlando and in 1980 won [3] the Florida Golden Gloves lightweight championship. He received an offer to attend boxing school in the United States Army, but went to college instead. After enrolling at the University of Central Florida, he quit a year later and enlisted in the U.S. Army. He was posted at Fort Sill, Oklahoma, and then served in the 3rd Armored Division, near Frankfurt, West Germany. [2] He was formally court-martialed and dishonorably discharged by the army in April 1983 after going absent without leave. [4] While in West Germany, he worked as a band leader with the band The Touch, releasing an album of material called Love On Time (1984). [5] It was later re-issued in 1989 as Early Works after his worldwide success as a solo artist. In 1986, he left West Germany for London, where he briefly played with The Bojangles. There he teamed up with producer Howard Gray and signed a recording contract with CBS Records. [6]

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Fame as Terence Trent D'Arby

D'Arby's debut solo album, Introducing the Hardline According to Terence Trent D'Arby , released in July 1987, is his best-known commercial work. [5] The album produced hits including "If You Let Me Stay", "Dance Little Sister", "Sign Your Name", and the number one hit "Wishing Well". [7]

"Dance Little Sister" is a song by Terence Trent D'Arby, the third single from the 1987 album Introducing the Hardline According to Terence Trent D'Arby.

Sign Your Name 1987 single by Terence Trent DArby

"Sign Your Name" is a song written and performed by Terence Trent D'Arby, released as a single in December 1987.

Wishing Well (Terence Trent DArby song) single by Terence Trent DArby

"Wishing Well" is a song by Terence Trent D'Arby. The second single from the 1987 album Introducing the Hardline According to Terence Trent D'Arby, the song reached number one on both the Soul Singles Chart and the Billboard Hot 100 on May 7, 1988. "Wishing Well" was certified "Gold", indicating sales of 500,000, by the Recording Industry Association of America in October 1991. Written by D'Arby and Sean Oliver, D'Arby said "Wishing Well" was written "when I was in a half-asleep, half-awake state of mind", and that he "liked the feel of the words". Martyn Ware of Heaven 17 paired with D'Arby in production of the song, which was released on CBS Records. Once released, "Wishing Well", along with D'Arby's debut single "If You Let Me Stay", went into "heavy rotation" on MTV. D'Arby performed the song live at the 30th Annual Grammy Awards, where he lost the Grammy Award for Best New Artist to Jody Watley. When the single reached number one on the Billboard Hot 100, it had charted for 17 weeks, which made it the slowest song to reach number one since Eurythmics' "Sweet Dreams " in 1983.

D'Arby expressed a high opinion of his debut album, claiming that it was the most important album since the Beatles' Sgt. Pepper . [8] After the comments leaked to US media outlets, he stated that most of what he said was exaggerated, but that it is sometimes necessary to "hit people over the head" to get their attention. [9] The album earned him a Grammy Award in the category Best R&B Vocal Performance, Male (1989) [10] and a BRIT Award for International Breakthrough Act, and he also received Grammy and Soul Train nominations for Best New Artist. [11]

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D'Arby's follow-up album was Neither Fish Nor Flesh (1989), [5] which was not as successful as his debut had been. [10] It took four more years and a move to Los Angeles until his next album, Symphony or Damn (1993), was released. The record contained the singles "Delicate" and "She Kissed Me". It peaked at No. 4 on the UK Albums Chart. [5] In 1995, D'Arby released Vibrator , which was followed by a world tour. [5]

<i>Symphony or Damn</i> 1993 studio album by Terence Trent DArby

Terence Trent D'Arby's Symphony or Damn* is the third studio album by Terence Trent D'Arby, released in 1993 through Columbia Records. This album marked something of a comeback after the disappointing performance of his previous album Neither Fish nor Flesh, and was generally well received by many critics, with Q magazine rating it five stars upon its release.

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<i>Vibrator</i> (album) 1995 studio album by Terence Trent DArby

Terence Trent D'Arby's Vibrator* is the fourth album by Terence Trent D'Arby, released in 1995 on Columbia Records. It features the hit single "Holding On to You", which peaked at #20 in the UK Singles Chart., and was self-written, produced, and arranged.

D'Arby's music has been included on several movie and television soundtracks. He sang the theme song of 1991's Frankie and Johnny . "Right Thing, Wrong Way" featured prominently in the end credits of Beverly Hills Cop III . "What Shall I Do?" was featured in an episode of the UPN television series Girlfriends . He sang the ending song, "Letting Go", in the 1996 film The Fan . D'Arby's songs were also used in Prêt-à-Porter and the 1995 miniseries The Promised Land.[ citation needed ]

In 1999, D'Arby collaborated with INXS to replace his friend, the late vocalist Michael Hutchence, so the band could play at the official opening of Stadium Australia (a major venue for the Sydney Olympics). [12]

Later career as Sananda Maitreya

D'Arby legally changed his name to Sananda Maitreya on October 4, 2001, explaining, "Terence Trent D'Arby was dead... he watched his suffering as he died a noble death. After intense pain I meditated for a new spirit, a new will, a new identity". [13] Maitreya has said that his name change resulted from a series of dreams he had in 1995. Though the name does not have any religious significance, Maitreya explained that he understood it to mean ‘rebirth’ in Sanskrit. [14] However, the name does not mean "rebirth" in Sanskrit; sānanda means "possessed of happiness" [15] , while maitreya means "friendly, kind, loving, benevolent". [16]

Maitreya's albums include Wildcard (2001), Angels & Vampires - Volume I (2005), Angels & Vampires - Volume II (2006), Nigor Mortis: A Critical Mass (2009), and The Rise of the Zugebrian Time Lords (2015).[ citation needed ] He also released the live album Confessions of a Zooathaholic (2011) in MP3 format. [17] In 2007, three of his songs were played in Judd Apatow's movie Knocked Up .[ citation needed ]

Film career

Maitreya has appeared in two films and in the TV mini-series Shake, Rattle and Roll: An American Love Story , in which he played the part of Jackie Wilson.[ citation needed ]

Personal life

Maitreya married Italian television host and architect Francesca Francone in 2003. [18] They have two children. [19]


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