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El DeBarge Is Back!

Quiet as kept, El DeBarge was granted an early release from prison last year and was recently interviewed by Brian McKnight for his self-titled talk show. El is looking great, much better than many men his age and really can--ahem--still get it. In the interview below, El explains how his brother Chico had to coax him into actually recording his classic "Time Will Reveal" and speaks on his struggle with drugs over the years. Cutting to the chase, I'll just say that El performs "Time Will Reveal" while simultaneously playing the piano in the video after the bounce. He sounds absolutely amazing. While I furiously Google his touring schedule, ladies keep swooning and light-skinned men keep rejoicing that one of the best to ever do it is defintely back.


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  1. His voice is still great. And I'm like Brian McKnight, to write that song at age 16? Whew, that's powerful!

  2. Ok, someone hurry up and get his ass in the studio and get an album out NOW! We NEED that type of music in the game today!

  3. I'm proud of my high-yellow brethren! Glad El DeBarge has overcome his addiction.!

  4. Also, this was my 1st time ever seeing any of Brian McKnight's show. I may watch it sometime now, thanks to this interview.

  5. Good to hear that he is back. People have sampled DeBarge's material over the years!

  6. Uh...DAMN. Eldra is back - for real!

  7. I'm glad to see him doing well. His whole family is talented, but they've been through some stuff. I will continue to pray for their health and happiness. Now, I need to go find my DeBarge music!

  8. Thank you, Jesus! I loves me some DeBarge!!!!!! Glad El is back!!

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    DANG! I could eat him with a spoon! Was that not THE most beautiful rendition you've ever heard of that song?!!! I'm so gad you are back! Please baby! There is no one on the radio singing ballads anymore. Welcome home babe. We've missed you so.

  10. I've got tears in my eyes. I'm so glad El still has it!
    Put him in the studio now! Matter of fact, bring the whole damm family back! We need more grown up music!

  11. What a treat. I hope he is happy, healthy, and ready to make some music for us to enjoy!

  12. That.was.beautiful.

  13. He is my generations Smokey Robinson. He has been missed.

  14. He is indeed as grand as that piano he played so magically. The spirit remains the same and still pierces through his being when he opens his mouth. He makes me say thank god for music.

  15. I'm more partial to chocolate men, but...Hey, El!!! Seriously, though, I've always loved his voice! The DeBarge family is mad talented! I pray that his will-power remains strong and that he blesses us with some great new music.

  16. OMG, I'm sitting up here getting misty! I love DeBarge! Lawdy, the only light-skinned man I ever loved is back! Praise Jesus!

  17. WOW... what an extraordinary/humbling performance!!! El hasn't lost a step and can still, despite his trials and tribulations, put all the youngins to shame. Trey Songs and Usher aint got nothing on him!!! I wish him the best personally and professionally.

  18. It's great when people overcome their demons. I pray that El stays on a straight path and remains drug free because his talent cannot be denied. I thoroughly enjoyed hearing him sing again! Beautiful!

  19. I surely hope he returns. El and I go WAY BACK to Soul Train days.
    He's been missed. Come on El, get it together AND get back out there.
    I happen to see you on BM show and you looked GOOD and healthy, you sounded GOOD and I didn't know you played the piano.
    Let's get BUSY El!

  20. I keep watching this...so wonderful.
    On another note, and not intended to bring down the space but, can we try to avoid the skin color stuff? There's too much baggage with all that...

  21. Listening to his responses in his interview and hearing him sing was so uplifting. Such talent. I loved the questions Brian asked, particularly regarding his process as a songwriter. Such talent-- writing "Time Will Reveal" at 16? Wow. Thanks ill mami for hipping us to this.

  22. El is just dope. We all go through something and the key thing is to get your life back and that dope that he did that and is doing that. I wish you the best sir.

  23. I CAN'T BELIEVE HOW HARD I'M CRYING AFTER WATCHING THIS...I LOVE THIS MAN AND WILL ALWAYS. AND YES MOST DEFINITELY HE UHEM UHEM CAN STILL GET IT!!!

  24. El still has "it". I have followed El's career since the early 80's and he has always sounded as good as he looks. Nobody can accuse El of riding on his looks cause he could always bring it when it came to the vocals. I am so thankful to God that El is back. My prayers are with him cause he has truly one of the greatest voices ever.

  25. What is meant for you,is meant for you...even if there are some distractions along the way. Once you overcome those, the haters, the fair weather friends, family, and fans...there isn't anything you can't do. If Like El, you also have FAITH, and believe that God has you, you CANNOT and WILL NOT be stopped. Continued blessings to Eldra Patrick DeBarge.

  26. I am so glad to see El Debarge looking and sounding so well. This video is amazing. It showed the emotional, and vulnerable yet talented artist that I have adored for many years now. God Bless You El. I will keep you in my prayers always.

  27. I am so moved. God is real. He sounds beautiful, restored, and I am eager to see what else God has coming for him. Stay up El. We love you:)

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    I love Mr. EL DEBARGE . If only he were thirty years younger!!!!! But on a serious note, I love his music and I wish him and all his family the best. I think it's about time they get their own made for TV movie done and wait about four years so I can direct it!!!!!!! May God continue to bless you EL, BUNNY, MARTY, JAMES, RANDY, CHICO, TOMMY, PEACHES, AND YOUNG!!!

  29. I am soooo happy to see and hear El! God is good! What a soul...

  30. El thank you so much for coming back and bringing back the memories of the soundtrack of my teenage years. We love you!! And you are looking soooooooooo good. God is truly good and you are truly blessed. Please come to Philly or Jersey.

  31. All I have to say is El did not lose a thing... And defenitely "HE CAN GET IT" Its a beautiful thingto see him doing so good.... I just love El!!!!

  32. GOOD LUCK EL!!!! I HAVE FAITH AS DO MILLIONS OF YOUR FANS, AND WILL ALWAYS LOVE YOU ...FOREVER

  33. Awwwww, he sounds absolutely amazing. I hate that he had to go through so much, but I'm glad to see he made it through. I Love him, I wish nothing but the best for him, his career, and his family. GOD bless you El, Stay strong and keep ya head up!!!!!!!!

  34. EL did his thing! I am glad to see he still has that special talent we all love!!! Bravo!!

  35. Glad to see El has kicked his addiction & has returned to music! GOD IS GREAT!!! His voice ( & his brothers) is amazing! He's still a cutie! I remember watching them on Soul Train when I was young! God Bless you El! Expect nothing but good things for you & your family in the future! Come to CA! Missed you @ San Manuel concert in San Bernardino, CA!

  36. Wow. That was beautiful. El looks great. Maintain.

  37. OMG! I'M SO IMPRESSED WITH EL DEBARGE. I M SO GLAD HE IS BACK. HE STILL GOT IT. PLEASE DO A CONCERT IN RICHMOND, VA. WELCOME BACK EL! BE BLESSED. GOD HAVE YOU BACK FOR A PURPOSE. PROVE IT. SHOW THAT IT CAN BE DONE. MAKE A LIAR OUT OF THE DEVIL.

  38. I WAS SO SUPRISED TO SEE EL DEBARGE AT THE BET AWARDS . HONESTLY I HAD FORGOTTEN ABOUT HIM. WHEN HE STARTED SINGING MY DAUGHTER WAS SO SUPRISED THAT I KNEW ALL THE LYRICS, GOD BLESS SO GLAS YOU ARE BACK AND THE BEST OF LUCK IN THE COMING YEARS , HOPE TO HEAR A LOT OF GOOD STUFF FROM YOU !!!!!!!!!!!

  39. When he hit the stage, I lost my mind and began screaming. The phone rang and it was my daughter calling because she knows how much I love El DeBarge and DeBarge. I actually stood up and started singing along with him. He has not missed a step and the demons did not take his voice and vocal control away. I can't wait to add to my archives with his new release. He has never left my car's cd player. I love this young man with MY HEART, MY MIND, MY SOUL! All Praises to The Almighty for embracing this young man.

  40. I was watching the bet awards on sunday and almsot fell off the couch when suddenly El Debarge appeared . He looks good and sounds as good as ever. Its great to see him back hope to hear some new music from him soon. God Bless you El and welcome back.

  41. El DeBarge, NEVER LEFT! and stole the BET Awards show from everyone! I LOVED IT! EL, You back baby, Hit em UP! El Killed it!

  42. what a surprise to see el on the BET awards, it was inlightning and rejuvanating to see and hear him. also looking at the interview with bryan mcnight was also inspiring for me because their was some common issues that i had. i am a lover and for many years i would sit up all night and listen to el songs and they gave me love strenght and alow me to know how to handle love situations, thanks el for coming back, i look forward to following you in concerts.
    graylon ,,,a true fan at 51

  43. el debarge is an artist who is very talented and i would like to call all the music lovers together to sign this petition to get el debarge a reality tv show on tv one. i would be more then happy if you all could sign.here is the direct link to sign http://www.ipetitions.com/peti­tion/moreeldebarge/ please copy and paste everywhere

  44. What a talent!! Thank God El is back. I've been waiting for this for a long time. Now he just has to record a gospel, I think coming from him, it would truly be powerful.

  45. I am soooooooooooooo happy to see you back.. God bless you and be with you every step of the way.. WE LOVE YOU EL.

  46. You blew up the spot, El! I pray that you remain strong in your faith and determination to stay sober. You CAN do it and show a new generation what REAL singers sound like! http://wp.me/pD54j-CM

  47. El is one of Michigan's finest. I remember when he was in town, some of his younger cousins gave out the family number to get girls & we would call and try to talk to him.
    He is still so handsome and I hope he can put the past behind him. It's true, everyone deserves a second chance if they really are sincere in changing their life for the better. I hope his cd does well and I hope he knows his fans still love him and he'll def. gain new ones.

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    Cooming up as a young lady in the eighties I have always been fond of Eldebarge and Michael Jackson and Prince too, but my poster of Eldebarge was the bigest of them all HE was so very handsome and had the smoothest skin and smile boy did I adore him,My goodness when he begin to sing from beginning to end no one else had my undivided attention.A s time went on and it appeared he had dropped off the face of the earth I was so astonished and speechless when I saw him on B E T , once again I was even more speechless because I had seen him and years and years and my goodness he looked so good and when he opened his mouth it was like a angel singing and it brought back so many memories, Eldebarge I donot know the obstacles that you have endured ot all the mistakes you have made but I do know if in your heart you are sincere and you have been humbled by the almighty than you too like others deserve a second chance,I await your new cd and I have heard thenewest release song and I love it . Yours truely a fan that wishes you the strength you need and prays you stay focous and in good company,positve mind body and spirit.ANgelia.

  49. Listening to TIME WILL REVEAL, BROUGHT TEARS TO MY EYES!!!! DAMN, I'M GLAD TO SEE YOU BACK NOT ONLY FOR YOUR MUSIC,BUT FOR YOUR HEALTH AS WELL. KEEP YOUR HEAD UP AND PRAISE GOD

  50. El rocked BET...he was the highlight of the show!! He made me cry watching him sing so beautifully and with heart/soul. Unlike many of those artists sitting there in that auditorioum! ! Stay up El, and keep bringin us the music. You are blessed with a talent greater than most. Robin Thicke...this is how you do it...EL was ahead of his time and was doing this a long time ago. He is amazing on the piano/songwriter/producer...all of it!! Stay up El. Beware of fairweather friends, and keep joy & goodness around you right now. God bless!!

  51. BUNNY AND BOBBY'S LITTLE BROTHER IS DOING HIS THING. WE WELCOME YOU BACK EL. I WILL BE PURCHASING FIVE CD'S ON SEPTEMBER 28th. BOBBY DEBARGE III GET READY CAUSE YOU ARE NEXT. JOSHUA FERGUSON (El's Son) I SEE TOO! KRISTANIA KEEPT IT GOING BOO.

  52. I saw El at FSO in Atlanta Sept 11. He was AWESOME!!! and was my sole reason for going to the event, which in all my 6 years of living here I NEVER attended.
    He was GORGEOUS and suave. His voice is still prestine and his talent is untarnished. I'm buying his album for sure!!!
    Love ya El!!!!

  53. I am in the recovery process as well. 30 years of drug use and 2 prioson terms. I herd your interview on KJLH this morning. Very motivational. You show that it can be done. Your music is awesome, keep up the good work both musically and spirtually.



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