This was before and this was after he got caught up in drugs and alcohol. Hope has arrived.
R&B singer D’Angelo has officially linked up with celebrity personal trainer Mark Jenkins to get his body back in shape for his return to music.
Jenkins told SOHH his goal is to get D’Angelo in better shape than his famous implied nude music video “Untitled” (see below)
“I’m rocking with Mary [J. Blige] this summer and I’m starting with D’Angelo next week,” Jenkins revealed to SOHH last weekend. “So I’m looking for a big transformation with D’Angelo. We’re back. His music is good and he’s gonna be coming back pretty strong in the next three or four months. The music is tight. That transformation was really one of the big ones that put me on the map so we’re looking to get him in better condition than the ‘Untitled’ video. That’s the target we’re shooting for.” (SOHH)
On a Sunday in April 2006, Gary Harris pulled up to D’Angelo’s large starter mansion outside Richmond, Virginia, in a limo. Harris, the A&R man who’d first signed D’Angelo in the early ’90s and who had overseen his 1995 debut, Brown Sugar, was on a mission: to escort the singer to Eric Clapton’s Crossroads Treatment Centre in Antigua. As he walked into the spacious kitchen, Harris knew this wouldn’t be easy. Spread across the kitchen table, marble countertops, shelves — nearly every available flat surface — were empty alcohol bottles of all conceivable varieties. “There was scotch, vodka, beer,” Harris recalls. “While I was waiting for him, he emptied the contents out of the corners of three or four bottles to get a shot.” D’Angelo himself was unshaven, about 40 pounds overweight, and hadn’t packed. “He was trying to act like he didn’t know I was coming that day,” Harris says. (SPIN)
D’Angelo is expected to collaborate with Prince on his long-awaited first new album since 2000, reportedly titled James Riverand due this summer from J Records. In a statement, his manager, Lindsay Guion, says D’Angelo will also team with Gnarls Barkley‘s Cee-Lo Green. Collaborations with Raphael Saadiq, Mark Ronson and Roy Hargrove are already in the bag. (Billboard)
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