D’ANGEL – THE WOMAN BEHIND THE MYTH
Michelle Downer more popularly known as Dancehall diva D’Angel was born and raised in Spanish Town. As a mother, businesswoman and artiste, D’Angel is the epitome of a true Caribbean woman, continuing to break down barriers and be a role model to numerous young women.
At an early age D’Angel honed her vocal ability when family friends encouraged her to sing and perform at school parties, and local concerts. Those close to D’Angel from childhood knew that she was destined to be on stage.
She drifted from her musical pursuits and entered the fashion world when she launched a modeling career in the early 90s, landing jobs for brands such as Rocawear. The looming glitz and glamour lifestyle was not enough, to keep D’Angel away from Jamaica and in 2002 she returned home and immediately capitalized opened her unisex fashion boutique ‘Angel’s‘.
With a modeling career and a fashion boutique ‘in the bag‘, she began to pursue her ultimate dream, music. Her first solo effort “Hottie Girls” was produced by Kevin Blake and released in 2004. Later that year she released “Blow,” was produced by internationally acclaimed producer Cordel ‘Scatta‘ Burrell.
In 2005, under her new label banner Champagne International Records, D’Angel’s single “Downtown Girl,” a tale of a downtown girl who hasn’t lost her ‘realness‘ despite a change of address, was a local hit, prompting her to team up with Tanya Stevens for the remix.
In 2006, D’Angel dominated local and international media with her celebrity marriage to Dancehall Mogul Beenie Man and both collaborated on the hit single “One Man.” On the heels of that success, she later released the single “Woman Power,” which spoke of the strength of a woman and implored society to give women the respect that they deserved. D’ Angel then teamed up with dancehall lyricist Vybz Kartel on the track “Baby Father,” which hit both local and international charts. Her spicy lyrics and charismatic stage performances landed her a nomination for the 2006 Female DJ of the year and was awarded Best Dressed Female in the same year.
Despite personal problems in 2007, D’Angel released the hit single “Blaze” produced by Arif Cooper for Fresh Ear Productions. The groundbreaking video, directed by Kamala ‘LaLa‘ Bennett, quickly rose on the local cable stations’ video charts.
In 2008, with the propelling success from “Blaze,” D’Angel copped several awards including Best Dressed Female Artiste (Irie FM Awards) and Favorite Fashion Female Icon (Gleaner Youth View Award) . She boosted her presence in the music fraternity with a plethora of singles claiming heavy rotation on the local airwaves including the singles: “Caan Stall” featuring Vybz Kartel, “Lucky Charm,” and “Good Day.” Working again with Arif Cooper, D’Angel dropped the single “High Intensity” followed by “Hustling Ladies,” “Real Gangsta,” “Don’t Hate,” “Naw Go Nuh Weh,” and “Stronger.”
She was recently granted a Business Management scholarship from Caribbean Institute of Business D’Angel also recently made an appearance on Jamaica’s most watched soap opera ‘Royal Palm Estate.’ D’Angel expressed that “…this opportunity was a great medium to achieve another personal goal.”
D’Angel will release her debut album Blessed Child in the second half of 2008; for more information or bookings, contact Ms. Raine Inc. at 347-492-3977