D’Angelo announces first U.S. show in a decade | Music News

Fans of D’Angelo will be happy to know that the soulful crooner will be making his first appearance on an American stage in 10 years with a performance at July’s Essence Music Festival in New Orleans.

Billboard reports that the once-troubled singer will perform on the festival’s opening night, sharing the bill with Trey Songz, Keyshia Cole, The Pointer Sisters, Marsha Ambrosious, SWV, Goapele and many others.

The winner of two Grammys in 2000, D’Angelo has faced his share of troubles over the years. A stark change in the singer’s once-chiseled physique lead to accusations of drug addiction and he was arrested several times, including in 2002 on assault charges; in 2005 on charges of drunk driving and drug possession, and in 2010 for allegedly soliciting sex from an undercover police officer.

Hopefully, his return to the stage is a harbinger of positive change in the singer’s life.

Billboard also reports that D’Angelo is working on a follow-up to 2000’s heralded Voodoo album (which John Mayer once pleaded for in Esquire magazine).

Will we finally get to feast our ears on the storied James River album we’ve heard murmurs about for at least a decade? Only time will tell.

The Essence Music Festival runs from July 6-8.
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For more on the Essence Music Festival including scheduling, lineups, ticket info and more, visit Essence.com.

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