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Fri Jul 20
8:00 PM
Mary J Blige
Ravinia Festival - Highland Park, IL

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D'Angelo, the Grammy Award winning singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist, is one of the most influential artists of our time. He first rose to fame with his debut album, "Brown Sugar" in 1995. Spawning such hits as, "Brown Sugar", "Lady" and the Smokey Robinson cover, "Cruisin", helped bring the record to platinum status. This album was a landmark in the burgeoning neo-soul movement of the 1990's.

The follow up, "Voodoo", was even more groundbreaking. Aside from it taking five years to complete, it marked a giant shift in musical territory for the singer. Featuring elements of funk, jazz, gospel and soul, it debuted at #1 on the Billboard Top 200 and went on to win two Grammy's, one for Best R&B Album and the other for Best Male R&B Vocal Performance. The instant classic, "Untitled(How Does It Feel)" peaked at #2 on the US R&B charts and produced a controversial but extremely popular video. Also, songs like "Send It On" and "Devil's Pie" helped usher in a new area of R&B music.

It was after his hugely successful "Voodoo World Tour", that D'Angelo disappeared from the spotlight. Troubled by pressures to live up to his image in the "Untitled" video, he vanished for 12 years. Within that time there were only glimpses of him, singing on the track "So Far To Go" off of Common's "Finding Forever" album and a new track on a best of album released by his record label. Then in June 2012, GQ released an article proclaiming not only that D'Angelo was indeed back, but he was going on tour in Europe. That article complete with a photo shoot and a video of D'Angelo performing a new song marked the reemergence fans had been waiting 12 years for. With praised performances at Bonnaroo 2012 and the BET Awards of the same year, D'Angelo is back writing a new album and hitting the road with select tour dates.