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 56)
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 , released in July 1987, which included the singles "If You Let Me Stay", "Wishing Well", "Dance Little Sister" and "Sign Your Name".

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

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] His biological father was a married man with Scots-Irish ancestry. He was known to childhood friends as Terry Darby. His family moved successively from New York to New Jersey, to Chicago, to Daytona Beach, and then settled in DeLand, Florida, north of Orlando.

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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 he went to college instead. He 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, 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 also 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, after which he signed a solo recording deal.

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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", "Wishing Well", "Dance Little Sister", and "Sign Your Name".

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.

"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.

He expressed a high opinion of his debut album, claiming that it was the most important album since the Beatles' Sgt. Pepper . [6] The album 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.

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His follow-up was the album Neither Fish Nor Flesh (1989). [5]

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]

During the 1990s, his relations with 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 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. [7] In 2000, he bought back the rights to his unreleased album and left the record company as well as his management team, Lippman Entertainment.[ citation needed ]

Later career as Sananda Maitreya

He adopted a new name, Sananda Maitreya, which he has said relates to a series of dreams he had in 1995, though it does not have any religious affiliations, the name means ‘rebirth’ in Sanskrit. [8] He legally changed his name six years later 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." [9]

In 2001, Maitreya moved back to Europe, resettling in Munich, Germany 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 became the album Wildcard . The album was initially available for free through his website. It later gained a commercial release through a one-album distribution deal with Universal Music and then an independent release with his own record label.

In 2002, Maitreya moved to Milan, Italy, and began working on his sixth album, 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 mastered album was finally released through his webshop in MP3 format and then became also available in CD 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 album in his online shop. That was followed by the release of the 2-CD limited edition of Angels & Vampires at the end of 2007. In 2009, the album Nigor Mortis: A Critical Mass was released.

Since the beginning of his "Post Millennium Rock" era, he has been releasing new music through his website and various digital stores, regularly every 2 years. Most of the albums were recorded in Milan, his hometown since 2002. In 2015, he released a double album titled The Rise of the Zugebrian Time Lords.

Since the early stages of his music career Maitreya has written, composed, arranged and produced all his music himself. In April 2011 the live album Confessions of a Zooathaholic, which contains select performances of the Post Millennium Rock Tour 2010, was released in MP3 format. [10]

Film career

He 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.

His music has been included on several movie and television soundtracks, notably his version of the theme song of 1991's Frankie and Johnny . One of his songs was featured prominently in the end credits of Beverly Hills Cop III , "Right Thing, Wrong Way", which he wrote and produced with Jimmy Jam & Terry Lewis. Another of his songs, "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 , starring Robert De Niro and Wesley Snipes. In 2007, three songs appeared on Judd Apatow's movie Knocked Up , and in Prêt-à-Porter , The Promised Land , The Bill , Funny People and Up In the Air . [3]


He was featured on "A Stronger Man", a dance single by Everything but the Girl's Ben Watt. He also sang a duet with Des'ree on the single "Delicate" from the album Symphony or Damn . He did background vocals on Corey Hart's "Love and Money" track from his 1992 album Attitude & Virtue . With Miki Howard, he recorded I Love Every Little Thing About You. In 1996, he co-wrote with Hans Zimmer, produced and performed "Letting Go" for the film The Fan starring Robert De Niro. In 2008, Nathan Jay remixed the song "As Yet Untitled" on "This Land Is Still My Home", from the album Virtually.



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American singer Terence Trent D'Arby has released 12 studio albums, four greatest hits compilation albums, four live albums, one box set compilation album, one extended play, and 31 singles. D'Arby has earned one platinum album. His début album Introducing the Hardline According to Terence Trent D'Arby (1987) peaked at number 4 in the US, and while receiving positive reviews, it became a huge success in Europe. The album featured the number 1 single "Wishing Well", which sold over 500,000 copies and was certified gold by the Recording Industry Association of America. After leaving Columbia Records in 2000, D'Arby changed his stage name to Sananda Maitreya. He went on to release seven albums under his own independent recording label Treehouse Publishing.


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