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Terence Trent d’Arby’s Wildcard! (Sananda Records, 2001)

This was American R&B singer Terence Trent d’Arby’s fifth studio album. It was his first independent release on his own label and followed a six-year absence from the spotlight.

In the 1980s, Trent d’Arby had had several well known singles: If You Let Me Stay, Wishing Well (a number one single on the U.S. pop and R&B charts) and Sign Your Name being the most notable. His chart appearances slowly petered out during the 90s. Consequently his relationship with his record company, Columbia, became strained. He and Columbia parted ways in 1996. He moved to Java Records and recorded what was supposed to be the album, Terence Trent d’Arby’s Solar Return. This album was not released — until 2001 and was released at the aforementioned Wildcard album.

Also in 2001, Trent d’Arby adopted the name Sananda Maitreya which legally became his new name at this stage. For him, the new name was supposed to usher in a new spirit and a new path. Musically, this hasn’t worked. Maitreya continues to release new music though none of it has hit the charts.

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