When I heard Sheryl Crow's cover of "Sign Your Name" I knew I had to eventually choose Terence Trent D'Arby for Two Forgotten Friday Favorites. And in case hearing his name makes you wonder, "Yeah, I remember him...whatever happened to Terence Trent D'Arby?"...well, in the singer's own words, he's dead. In 2001 after legally changing back to his birth name, Sananda Maitreya, he told an interviewer that "Terence Trent D'Arby (is) dead...he watched his suffering as he died a noble death." Unfortunately, Maitreya's attempt to reinvent himself in the shifting music business hasn't created the same level of fame he experienced in the 80s as his original stage name. I'm not sure why he wasn't a much bigger sensation than he was, because his debut album (Introducing the Hardline According to Terence Trent D'Arby) contained several chart toppers written by him, he has a smooth voice, and he can play many instruments.
Maitreya trained as a boxer early on and also joined the army before developing a musical career. He now lives in Milan, Italy with his family.
Without a doubt my favorite D'Arby song is "Sign Your Name" which hit #4 on the U.S. Billboard charts. Without a doubt I think it's one of the sexiest songs ever written. I'm also choosing D'Arby's only number-one hit, "Wishing Well." Enjoy!