D’Angelo is reportedly in the studio working on his next album, James River, but it’s not as far along as we may think.
The singer’s manager, Lindsay Guion, told Newsweek’s blog Pop Vox that D’Angelo is laying down tracks in his hometown of Richmond, Virginia, and New York. Reportedly, he’ll be turning songs in to his record label by September.
Contrary to the buzz, there aren’t any confirmed collaborators working on James River as of now. Names like Cee-Lo Green, John Mayer, Raphael Saadiq and even Prince had been tossed around as some possible pairings for the album.
James River, which is nearly 10 years in the making, would be D’Angelo’s follow up to his 2000 project, Voodoo. But the singer has a history of taking his time to put an album together (remember, Brown Sugar dropped in 1995), but it’s always worth the wait. Of course, this time around, D’Angelo has had his production scheduled muddled by various legal problems.
And it looks like the neo-soul singer will be hitting the road soon, too. Lindsay told Pop Vox that the crooner has just signed a contract for U.S. tour, which would start sometime during the holiday season.
— Sonya Eskridge