THE LONG AWAITED FOLLOW UP TO THE CRITICALLY ACCLAIMED ALBUM ‘VOODOO’
NEW STUDIO RECORDED VERSION OF “REALLY LOVE” TO BE SERVICED TO RADIO TODAY
[December 15, 2014 – New York, NY] The wait is finally over! D’Angelo and The Vanguard’s highly anticipated and much buzzed about brand new album, Black Messiah, is available today (12/15/14) at select digital and retail music providers. The studio recorded version of “Really Love” from Black Messiah, will be serviced to radio today.
Nearly 15 years in the making, Black Messiah contains 12 tracks of timeless music with poignant and provocative lyrics that requires repeat listening at maximum volume! On the album, D’Angelo is joined by his band, The Vanguard, alongside Pino Palladino, James Gadson and Questlove on various tracks on the album. All lyrics were written by D’Angelo in addition to Q-Tip and Kendra Foster who both wrote lyrics on several songs. With the high quality of live musicianship featured on the album, it’s important to note that “No digital ‘plug-ins’ of any kind were used in this recording. All of the recording, processing, effects and mixing was done in the analog domain using tape and mostly vintage equipment.”
D’Angelo had this to say about Black Messiah in the album’s forward:
"‘Black Messiah’ is a hell of a name for an album. It can be easily misunderstood. Many will think it’s about religion. Some will jump to the conclusion that I'm calling myself a Black Messiah. For me the title is about all of us. It's about the world. It's about an idea we can all aspire to. We should all aspire to be a Black Messiah. It’s about people rising up in Ferguson and in Egypt and in Occupy Wall Street and everyplace where a community has had enough and decides to make change happen. It's not about praising one charismatic leader but celebrating thousands of them. Not every song on this album is politically charged (though many are) but calling this album Black Messiah creates a landscape where these songs can live to the fullest. Black Messiah is not one man. It's a feeling that, collectively, we are all that leader."
Congratulations to the following artist on their NAACP Image Awards Nominations! Tune in at 9pm on February 6th on TVOne.
Outstanding Female Artist
Outstanding Album – JHUD
Outstanding Female Artist
Outstanding Song – “We Are Here”
Outstanding Duo, Group or Collaboration - “Brand New” (Pharrell Williams feat. Justin Timberlake)
Outstanding Music Video - “Love Never Felt So Good” (Michael Jackson feat. Justin Timberlake)
Outstanding Song – “Good Kisser”
Outstanding Album - Aretha Franklin Sings the Great Diva Classics
Outstanding Gospel Album (Traditional or Contemporary) - Duets
Outstanding Gospel Album (Traditional or Contemporary) – I Will Trust