TERENCE TRENT D'ARBY
Sananda Maitreya, formerly known as Terence Trent D'Arby.
Terence Trent Darby was born in Manhattan NY on March 15, 1962 to a Pentecostal
the Church of Our Lord Jesus Christ, named Rev. James Benjamin Darby (the apostrophe in "D'Arby"
was adopted by Terence later) and his mother, a respected gospel singer named Frances.
Terence's debut LP "Introducing the Hardline According to Terence Trent
D'Arby", was released
mid-1987 in Great Britain and it reached number one on the UK POP charts. The album sold a million
copies within only 3 days! Shortly thereafter, in October 1987, the album "Hardline" was released in
the U.S. and the singles all reached Top 20 status on the charts. "Hardline" would go on to surpass
8 million records sold worldwide.
The Wild Card is his fifth album in six years. This entire album was first
released online and now it's
released in the shops around the world.
Between May and July 1998, D'Arby wrote to fans on the Java Records web site messageboard to
inform them that he was changing his name to Sananda.
On 21 August 1998 he wrote: "I am a holographic representation in the third dimension of what
was requested by your souls that one of your favourite artists be."
He is no stranger to controversy. When he debuted on the music scene in 1987,
he claimed his first
album Introducing the Hardline was better than the Beatles' Sergeant Pepper album.
The tactic worked, and the album hit number one in the UK and spent more than half a year in the top
half of the UK chart. It remains to be seen whether his latest marketing tactics will have a positive
effect on sales of "The Wild Card".
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Photos: Left - from the new album cover / Right - from the first album cover