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Sananda Maitreya
(formerly Terence Trent D'Arby)
Birth name Terence Trent Howard
Also known as Terence Trent D'Arby
Sananda Maitreya
Born (1962-03-15) March 15, 1962 (age 52)
Manhattan, New York, United States
Genres Pop, rock, soul, R&B, funk
Instruments Vocals, piano, guitar, bass guitar, keyboards, drums, percussion, banjo, armonica, organ
Years active 1987–present
(1987–2001 as Terence Trent D'Arby)
(2001–present as Sananda Maitreya)
Labels Treehouse Publishing, Columbia
Website http://www.SanandaMaitreya.com/

Sananda Francesco Maitreya (born Terence Trent Howard in Manhattan, New York, New York on March 15, 1962), better known by his former stage name Terence Trent D'Arby, is an American singer-songwriter who came to fame with his album Introducing the Hardline According to Terence Trent D'Arby, released in July 1987, which included the singles "Wishing Well" and "Sign Your Name".

Early life[edit]

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

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 Bojangels, after which he signed a solo recording deal.

Fame as Terence Trent D'Arby[edit]

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".

He expressed a high opinion of his debut album, brashly 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.

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 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]

In 1999, D'Arby collaborated with INXS to replace his friend, the late vocalist Michael Hutchence, so the band could play at the opening of facilities for the Sydney Olympics.[7]

Later career as Sananda Maitreya[edit]

He adopted a new name, Sananda Maitreya, which he has said relates to a series of dreams he had in 1995.[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 next 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 fully mastered album was finally released through his webshop utilizing the 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 mastered 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 on his official website both as a CD and as MP3.

In 2010 he started the recording of his next project called The Sphinx, available in CD and mastered mp3 on the ecommerce of his official website. Its release was first in chapters and then as the full mastered project in the spring of 2011 at Zooathalon.com.[10] At the official website the instrumental version of two of his studio albums has also been made available.

Since the early stages of his music career he has always written, composed, arranged and produced all his tracks. In his new studio he recorded albums such as Angels & Vampires and Nigor Mortis and The Sphinx. In all his productions he plays all instruments. He has been touring with his band The Nudge Nudge throughout Europe to present his new music which he calls Post Millennium Rock. In April 2011 the live album Confessions of a Zooathaholic, which contains select performances of the Post Millennium Rock Tour 2010, has been released in MP3 format.[11] In 2012 he started working on his new project "Return To Zooathalon", that has been released worldwide on March 2013 on his official website[12] and on various music stores. In 2014 he has started recording his brand new project which is called "The Rise Of The Zugebrian Time Lords", its first chapters are available at: Sananda.org/new music.[10] He has been touring and the videos of his recent live performances are available at the YouTube Channel.[13]

Film career[edit]

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. In 2007, three songs appeared on Judd Apatow's movie Knocked Up and on these movies: Prêt-à-Porter, The Promised Land[disambiguation needed], Funny People, Up In the Air.[3] He sang the ending song, "Letting Go" in the 1996 film, The Fan, starring Robert De Niro and Wesley Snipes.

Collaborations[edit]

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. In 2008, Nathan Jay remixed the song "As Yet Untitled" on "This Land Is Still My Home", from the album Virtually. 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.

Discography[edit]

Albums[edit]

As Terence Trent D'Arby
Year Album details Peak Chart Positions Certifications
(sales thresholds)
US
[14]
AUS
[15]
AT
[16]
CH
[17]
NL
[18]
NO
[19]
NZ
[20]
SWE
[21]
UK
[22]
1987 Introducing the Hardline According to Terence Trent D'Arby 4 3 4 1 2 4 2 5 1
1989 Neither Fish Nor Flesh 61 40 28 20 32 16 42 47 12
1993 Symphony or Damn 119 8 38 23 51 14 28 4
1995 Vibrator 178 8 27 32 11

[5]

As Terence Trent D'Arby / Sananda Maitreya
Year Album details Peak Chart Positions Certifications
(sales thresholds)
US
[14]
AUS
[15]
AT
[16]
CH
[17]
NL
[18]
NO
[19]
NZ
[20]
SWE
[21]
UK
[22]
2001 Wildcard

(issued carrying both names Terence Trent D'Arby and Sananda Maitreya)

As Sananda Maitreya
Year Album details Peak Chart Positions Certifications
(sales thresholds)
US
[14]
AUS
[15]
AT
[16]
CH
[17]
NL
[18]
NO
[19]
NZ
[20]
SWE
[21]
UK
[22]
2002 Wildcard – The Jokers' Edition

(reissue of 2001 Wildcard! under the name Sananda Maitreya)

2005 Angels & Vampires - Volume I
2006 Angels & Vampires - Volume II
2009 Nigor Mortis
2011 The Sphinx
2013 Return to Zooathalon

Compilation albums[edit]

As Terence Trent D'Arby
As Terence Trent D'Arby now known as Sananda Maitreya

EPs[edit]

As Terence Trent D'Arby
Year Title Chart positions[27]
Billboard Hot 100 U.S. R&B U.S. Dance Club Play U.S. Dance Maxi Singles U.S. Modern Rock UK Singles Chart[28] [NLD][29]
1993 Neon Messiah EP

Singles[edit]

as Terence Trent D'Arby
Year Single Peak chart positions Album
U.S. U.S.
R&B
U.S.
Dance
U.S.
Rock
UK
[28]
NED
[29]
1987 "If You Let Me Stay" 68 19 47 7 11 Introducing the Hardline According to Terence Trent D'Arby
1987 "Wishing Well" 1 1 7 4 3
1987 "Dance Little Sister" 30 9 7 20 3
1988 "Sign Your Name" 4 2 23 2 2
1988 "Rain" 20
1989 "This Side of Love" 83 50 Neither Fish Nor Flesh
1989 "To Know Someone Deeply Is to Know Someone Softly" 47 55
1989 "The Birth of Maudie (The Incredible E.G. O'REILLY)" Greatest Hits
1990 "Billy Don't Fall" Neither Fish Nor Flesh
1993 "Do You Love Me Like You Say?" 14 Symphony or Damn
1993 "Delicate" featuring Des'ree 74 14 45
1993 "She Kissed Me" 5 16
1993 "Let Her Down Easy" 18
1993 "Turn the Page"
1995 "Holding On to You" 20 33 Vibrator
1995 "Vibrator" 57
1995 "Supermodel Sandwich"
as Sananda Maitreya
Year Single Peak chart positions Album
U.S. U.S.
R&B
U.S.
Dance
U.S.
Rock
UK
[28]
NED
[29]
2002 "O Divina" Wildcard
2002 "What Shall I Do" Wild Card - The Jokers' Edition
2006 "Bella Faccina" 57 Angels & Vampires – Volume I
2007 "South Side Run" Angels & Vampires – Volume II
2009 "Because You've Changed" Nigor Mortis
2011 "I Saw Her" The Sphinx
2013 "Save Me" Return To Zooathalon

Filmography[edit]

as Terence Trent D'Arby
  • 1993: Heimat II: A Chronicle of a Generation (TV series, 1 episode, "Kennedys Kinder")
  • 1999: Shake, Rattle and Roll: An American Love Story as Jackie Wilson (TV mini-series)
  • 1999: Clubland as Toby (feature film directed by Mary Lambert)
  • 2000: Static Shock (TV series, 1 episode, "They're Playing My Song" as DJ Rock)

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Biography / Facts & Figures". Sanandamaitreya.com. Retrieved 2012-11-07. 
  2. ^ a b Gilmore, Mikal (June 16, 1988). "Can Terence Trent D'Arby Be As Good As He Thinks He Is". Rolling Stone. Issue 528.
  3. ^ a b "Sananda Maitreya - Bio". Sanadamaitreya.com. Retrieved 2013-02-10. 
  4. ^ Michael Corcoran. In the Ring With Terence Trent D'Arby, Spin June 1988, Vol. 4, No. 3
  5. ^ a b c d e f Strong, Martin C. (2000). The Great Rock Discography (5th ed.). Edinburgh: Mojo Books. pp. 241–242. ISBN 1-84195-017-3. 
  6. ^ Thomas, Stephen (1962-03-15). "Terence Trent D'Arby - Music Biography, Credits and Discography". AllMusic. Retrieved 2012-11-07. 
  7. ^ "INXS plan Olympic comeback". BBC News. 1999-05-27. Retrieved 2014-04-17. 
  8. ^ "Terence Trent D'Arby | Interviews". Bizarremag.com. 2003-02-21. Retrieved 2014-04-17. 
  9. ^ Greenman, Ben (4 June 2013). "Whatever Happened to Terence Trent D'Arby?". The New Yorker. Retrieved 2014-11-25. 
  10. ^ a b "Welcome to Sananda Maitreya's official website!". Sanandamaitreya.com. Retrieved 2014-04-17. 
  11. ^ "The Sphinx". Sananda Maitreya. Retrieved 2014-04-17. 
  12. ^ "Return to Zooathalon". Sananda Maitreya. Retrieved 2014-11-25. 
  13. ^ "Sananda Maitreya Official YouTube". YouTube. Retrieved 18 July 2014. 
  14. ^ a b c "Billboard Chart – Terence Trent D'Arby". Billboard. Retrieved 2011-10-07. 
  15. ^ a b c "AUS Charts – Terence Trent D'Arby". australian-charts.com. Retrieved 2011-10-07. 
  16. ^ a b c "Austrian Charts – Terence Trent D'Arby". austriancharts.at. Retrieved 2011-10-07. 
  17. ^ a b c "Swiss Charts – Terence Trent D'Arby". hitparade.ch. Retrieved 2011-10-07. 
  18. ^ a b c "Dutch charts – Terence Trent D'Arby". dutchcharts.nl. Retrieved 2011-10-07. 
  19. ^ a b c "Norwegian charts – Terence Trent D'Arby". norwegiancharts.com. Retrieved 2011-10-07. 
  20. ^ a b c "New Zealand charts – Terence Trent D'Arby". charts.org.nz. Retrieved 2011-10-07. 
  21. ^ a b c "Swedish charts – Terence Trent D'Arby". swedishcharts.com. Retrieved 2011-10-07. 
  22. ^ a b c "UK Charts – Terence Trent D'Arby". theofficialcharts.com. Retrieved 2011-10-07. 
  23. ^ "Searchable Database". Recording Industry Association of America. Retrieved 2011-10-07.  Note: User must define 'Artist' search parameter as "Terence Trent D'Arby".
  24. ^ a b c "Certified Awards Search". British Phonographic Industry. Retrieved October 7, 2011. Note: User needs to enter "Terence Trent D'Arby" in the "Search" field, "Artist" in the "Search by" field and click the "Go" button. Select "More info" next to the relevant entry to see full certification history.
  25. ^ a b "Certified Awards Search". Music Canada. Retrieved October 7, 2011. Note: User needs to enter "Terence Trent D'Arby" in the "Search" field, "Artist" in the "Search by" field and click the "Go" button. Select "More info" next to the relevant entry to see full certification history.
  26. ^ "Musiikkituottajat - Tilastot - Kulta- ja platinalevyt". Ifpi.fi. Retrieved 2014-04-17. 
  27. ^ U.S. Billboard Singles. Allmusic.com.
  28. ^ a b c Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. p. 140. ISBN 1-904994-10-5. 
  29. ^ a b c Stichting Nederlandse Top 40, Hitdossier

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