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With hits like Sign Your Name, If You Let Me Stay and Wishing Well it seemed like there was no stopping this star.
In the late 80s, Terence Trent D'Arby was THE man that everyone wanted to be. With hits like Sign Your Name, If You Let Me Stay and Wishing Well, hardly a week went by when his name wasn't in the charts.
His debut album Introducing The Hardline According To Terence Trent D'Arby went platinum five times, selling 1.5 million copies and he even bagged himself a Grammy.
Okay, so he wasn't the most humble of artists - he did declare his work "the most important album since Sgt Pepper". However, after his follow up album, Neither Fish Nor Flesh, failed to the be a success, he felt out with his record label and then things got a little sketchy.
Believing that the name Terrance Trent D'Arby (his real name is Terence Trent Howard) was "dead", he changed his name to Sananda Maitreya.
He said of second album: "Terence Trent D'Arby was dead... he watched his suffering as he died a noble death. After intense pain I meditated for a new spirit, a new will, a new identity."
Under his new name, he moved to Munich before moving to Milan in Italy, where he married former TV presenter Francesca Francone. The couple had a son, Francesco, in 2010.
In a recent interview, he said his alter-ego had joined the 27 Club - the name given to the artists who have tragically died at the age of 27, such as Jim Morrison, Kurt Cobain and Amy Winehouse.
He said: “It felt like I was going to join the 27 Club, and psychologically I did, because that is exactly the age I was when I was killed.”
Sananda is still making music and has since released six more albums, which are available from his website.