When Day26 garnered the award in 2009, Angel and his bandmates were riding high on a chart-topping album debut, critical praise and hours of major television exposure on Sean “Diddy” Combs’ smash MTV show, Making the Band.
Fast forward three years and a second hit album later, Platinum-selling Day26 has agreeably disbanded to take on solo endeavors, and Angel is well prepared for his future.
For starters, on July 26, 2012, Brian will release his single “Killa” featuring Dorrough Music via his own Ambassador Way Entertainment (AWE) in conjunction with his new Dallas-based management team HULK Entertainment.
In addition to the music, Brian is always looking for viable ways to give back to his community. He is currently a spokesperson for the Sickle Cell Disease Association of America (SCDAA), and has activated a “Be Aware” viral Twitter campaign. With “Be Aware”, fans can text BREAK-ANGEL to 52000 to easily donate $10 to this cause.
The ability to relate to people through song and spirit is of the utmost importance to Angel, whose long road to success is a testament to his passion. While MTV made him an overnight sensation, Brian Angel was no stranger to the spotlight. A hopeful performer since age 3, Angel signed to Mathew Knowles’ Music World Entertainment at age 15 as a part of the group Mason Rd. He toured tirelessly, opening for the likes of Destiny’s Child, Ginuwine, Jagged Edge, Brian McKnight and more.
By Fall of 2007, Angel’s new five-member group Day26 was under the watchful eyes of millions as they came together on the then highest-rated television series on MTV. Their self-titled album debuted at #1 in 2008, followed by their sophomore effort Forever in a Day in ’09, which peaked at #2 on the Billboard Top 200, and hit #1 on the R&B charts. In addition to winning the BET award, the group was also nominated for an American Music Award, as well as Teen Choice, NAACP Image and two Urban Music Awards.
Despite their strong fan base and professional accolades, it was no secret that the band members had tension. In televised moments, member Qwanell “Que” Mosely left the group, just as the band was leaving Bad Boy Records to move to a new deal with Atlantic Records. The group began making announcements about their third album in 2011, however the project did not transpire, and they officially announced their departure from the label, and each other, in July 2012.
Now free to pursue his solo endeavors, Brian Angel is excited to spread his wings as a respected songwriter, vocalist and entrepreneur.
“I loved being a member of Day26,” Angel explains. “I’m very sad to see it all end, but that chapter in my life has closed and I look forward this new chapter. As a solo artist, I’m going to give the fans all of me. I feel that is most important for my supporters. I’m going to give them that real heartfelt music that I feel like has been missing from R&B for so long.”
Brian has also teamed with HULKent to manage his career, locking in on the potential to cross into other areas of entertainment.
“I wasn’t totally happy with my management situation in Day26, and I felt like I need someone who is going to take my career to the next level, and I wasn’t getting that,” Brian explains. “So I took my business to HULK Entertainment, because I felt like they would have my best interest at heart, and could maximize my career to its fullest potential.”
Crossing lines between artistry and business can be difficult at times, but Brian is up for the challenge. He already has several fresh-faced artists on his roster, and has plans to introduce them as he creates his next project.
“I will have a few of my AWE artists featured on my album,” he says. “I plan on continuing to work hard on my project, as well as on my label. They both mean so much to me. I’ll be performing as well, but right now my main focus is recording and putting together a great album.”
The possibilities are limitless for Angel, and he is confident that the lessons he learned with the intense exposure of Day26 will carry him far.
“The most important advice I’ve gotten is something I learned from Diddy,” Angel explains. “He said: ‘There is always someone trying to take your spot – when you’re sleeping, someone else is awake working, and in the gym there is always someone going harder.’ Basically, go hard or go home. And I am not going home.”