Once the lead singer of the popular '80s Motown family group De Barge, he transitioned that early success into a solo career.
But it became an afterthought when addiction -- which he has battled for more than two decades and has also plagued a number of his siblings -- and a laundry lists of legal troubles, including arrests on cocaine possession and domestic violence charges, crippled a once-thriving career.
“Second Chance,” De Barge's first release on new label home Geffen, boasted production from Jimmy Jam & Terry Lewis and Babyface, and collaborations with Faith Evans, 50 Cent and Fabolous.
It was nominated for R&B album at this year's Grammys, but was bested by Chris Brown.
; born March 8, 1990) is an American singer, songwriter, dancer and actress.
De Barge first appeared on national television in 2003 as a contestant on the American Idol spin-off, American Juniors.
According to reports, undercover narcotics officers were conducting an investigation near the 101 Freeway on Monday when they spotted the singer and another male acting suspiciously.
The family later relocated to Grand Rapids, Michigan.
As of 2000, De Barge has worked with DJ Quik on such tracks as "Tha Divorce Song", as well as "Get Nekkid" by slain rapper Mausberg.
The arrest is a major blow to De Barge, who had tried desperately to clean up his act.
In the last year and a half he had showed the true power of public redemption with a high-profile comeback -- 2010’s Grammy-nominated, “Second Chance,” his first album in nearly two decades.