Sananda Maitreya is kind of an odd guy. He was born in Manhattan as Terence Trent Howard but was known to his childhood friends as Terry Darby, taking the last name of his stepfather.
He trained as a boxer and in 1980 won the Golden Gloves Lightweight Championship in Florida.
He was invited to attend boxing school in the US Army but opted to attend college instead. After a year, he dropped out of college and enlisted in the Army after all but was court-martialed and dishonorably discharged for going AWOL.
After fronting a band called The Touch, he went solo, adding an apostrophe to his last name and becoming Terence Trent D'Arby. He was so impressed with his solo album debut he called it "the most important album since the Beatles' Sgt. Pepper." The album did yield a No. 1, "Wishing Well" in 1987.
D'Arby legally changed his name to Sananda Maitreya in 2001 after a series of dreams and announced Terence Trent D'Arby was dead.
He continues to make music today.