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India.Arie
Birth name India Arie Simpson
Born October 3, 1975 (1975-10-03) (age 32)
Denver, Colorado, United States
Genre(s) Soul, R&B, neo soul, blues, folk, acoustic
Occupation(s) Singer-songwriter, record producer, guitarist, flautist
Instrument(s) Singing, guitar, flute
Years active 2001–present
Label(s) Motown
Influences Joan Armatrading, Tracy Chapman, Sam Cooke, Roberta Flack, Aretha Franklin, Donny Hathaway, Cyndi Lauper, Bonnie Raitt, Minnie Riperton, Sade, Phoebe Snow, James Taylor, Bill Withers, Stevie Wonder, Lauryn Hill
Website www.indiaarie.com

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Early years

Arie was born in Denver, Colorado. She absorbed musical skills early in life as she was encouraged by both parents. Her mother Joyce is a former singer (she was signed to Motown as a teenager and opened for Stevie Wonder and Al Green[1]) and is now her stylist. Her father is former ABA and NBA basketball player Ralph Simpson. She has an older brother named J'On. After her parents divorced, Arie's mother moved the family to Atlanta, Georgia when she was thirteen.[2] Arie had taken up a succession of musical instruments throughout her schooling in Denver, but her interest in the guitar while attending the Savannah College of Art and Design, in Savannah, led to a personal revelation about songwriting and performing. "When I started tapping into my own sensitivity, I started to understand people better. It was a direct result of writing songs", she said at the press release of her debut album, Acoustic Soul. Denver redirects here. ... Official language(s) English Capital Denver Largest city Denver Largest metro area Denver-Aurora Metro Area Area  Ranked 8th  - Total 104,185 sq mi (269,837 km²)  - Width 280 miles (451 km)  - Length 380 miles (612 km)  - % water 0. ... Motown Records, also known as Tamla-Motown outside of the United States, is a record label originally based out of Detroit, Michigan (Motor City, hence mo(tor)town), from where it achieved widespread international success. ... Stevie Wonder (born Steveland Hardaway Judkins on May 13, 1950, name later changed to Steveland Hardaway Morris)[1] is an American singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, and record producer. ... This article is about the singer. ... NBA redirects here. ... This article is about the sport. ... Ralph Derek Simpson (born August 10, 1949 in Detroit, Michigan) is a retired American basketball player. ... Atlanta redirects here. ... For other uses, see Guitar (disambiguation). ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... Savannah redirects here. ... Acoustic Soul is the debut album by India Arie, released in 2001. ...


Co-founding the Atlanta-based independent music collective Groovement EarthShare (Groovement was the collective artists' name and EarthShare was their independent label name), her one-song turn on a locally-released compilation led to a second-stage gig at the 1998 Lilith Fair. In 1999, a Universal/Motown music scout spotted her and made an introduction to former Motown CEO Kedar Massenberg. In popular music, indie music (from independent) is any of a number of genres, scenes, subcultures and stylistic and cultural attributes, characterised by perceived independence from commercial pop music and mainstream culture and an autonomous, do-it-yourself (DIY) approach. ... Lilith Fair was a concert tour and traveling music festival, founded by musician Sarah McLachlan, that featured female musicians; it ran from 1997 to 1999. ... Universal Records is an American record label owned by Universal Music Group. ... Kedar Massenburg is an American record producer and record label executive, who was the president of Motown Records from 1997 to 2004. ...


Musical career

Acoustic Soul (2001)

Main article: Acoustic Soul

Sidestepping all the devices of flavor-of-the-month record-making, Acoustic Soul acquainted listeners with a brave and eloquent new voice. The album drew an uncommonly broad swath of listeners from lovers of hip hop, neo soul, blues, folk, and classic troubadour-style singer-songwriter, all at once. Acoustic Soul is the debut album by India Arie, released in 2001. ... Acoustic Soul is the debut album by India Arie, released in 2001. ... Hip hop music is a style of music which came into existence in the United States during the mid-1970s, and became a large part of modern pop culture during the 1980s. ... Neo soul (also known as nu soul) is a musical genre of the late 1990s and early 2000s that fuses contemporary R&B, 1970s style soul, classical music, jazz, and elements of alternative-hip hop. ... Blues music redirects here. ... Folk song redirects here. ... For other uses, see Troubadour (disambiguation). ...


Acoustic Soul was released on March 27, 2001 and debuted at number ten on the U.S. Billboard 200 and number three on the Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums. Within months, without the concentrated radio airplay that typically powers pop and rap albums, Acoustic Soul was certified double platinum, selling 1,974,125 copies in the U.S. and 2,792,682 worldwide. As a capstone to the album's success, Arie had the distinction of having the most total Grammy Award nominations of any single artist that year. Fans and peers alike were stunned when she was not awarded a Grammy Award in any of the nominated categories. Nonetheless, Arie stole the spotlight by closing the ceremony with a brave performance of her song "Video", accompanied only by herself on the guitar. is the 86th day of the year (87th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2001 (MMI) was a common year starting on Monday (link displays the 2001 Gregorian calendar). ... The Billboard 200 is a ranking of the 200 highest-selling music albums and EPs in the United States, published weekly by Billboard magazine. ... The Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart was established by Billboard magazine in 1984. ... Airplay is a technical term used in the radio industry to state how frequently a song is being played on a radio station. ... For other uses, see Pop music (disambiguation). ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... Video is a song by Jeff Lynne Taken from the movie soundtrack Electric Dreams. ...


Voyage to India (2002)

Main article: Voyage to India

Arie followed the success of her debut in 2002 with the release of Voyage to India. Debuting at number six on the Billboard 200 and number one on the R&B chart, it eventually earned her two Grammy Awards in 2003—"Best R&B Album" and Best Urban/Alternative Performance" for the song "Little Things". Soon after its release, Voyage to India was certified platinum selling 1,264,668 copies in the U.S. and 2,054,110 worldwide. Voyage to India is the second album by India Arie, released in 2002. ... Voyage to India is the second album by India Arie, released in 2002. ... The 45th Grammy Awards were held on February 23, 2003. ... The Grammy Award for Best R&B Album has been awarded since 1995. ... The Grammy Award for Best Urban/Alternative Performance has been awarded since 2003. ...


Testimony: Vol. 1, Life & Relationship (2006)

Main article: Testimony: Vol. 1, Life & Relationship

Arie's third studio album, Testimony: Vol. 1, Life & Relationship, was released on June 27, 2006. It gave Arie her first number-one spot on the Billboard 200 and was her second chart-topper on the R&B chart. This album was also the first number-one album for Motown in thirty-three years since Diana Ross' 1972 Lady Sings the Blues. Its first-week sales of 161,000 copies are Arie's best sales week to date and was certified gold in August 2006, selling 930,224 in the U.S. It has also sold 1,684,750 worldwide. is the 178th day of the year (179th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2006 (MMVI) was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... For the author-illustrator, see Diana Ross (author). ... Lady Sings the Blues was the successful soundtrack to the film of the same name starring Diana Ross in her screen debut in 1972. ...


Arie is expected to release Testimony: Vol. 2, Love & Politics in 2008. The lead single, "Beautiful Flower", is now available on the iTunes Store. The iTunes Store is an online business run by Apple Inc. ...


Collaborations

  • On the September 12, 2005 premiere of The Tyra Banks Show, Arie performed "Just 4 2day", a song she wrote especially for Tyra's show. She also performed "What About the Child", a song that did not air but was made available as a one-dollar Internet download to support child victims of Hurricanes Katrina and Rita.[3]
  • Arie performed a duet with Brazilian musician Sérgio Mendes on the title song "Timeless" for his 2006 album Timeless.
  • Arie performed the vocals for "It Might Be You" on Dave Koz's 2007 album At the Movies.
  • Arie collaborated with Akon for her song "I Am Not My Hair". On the April 16, 2007 episode of The Oprah Winfrey Show entitled "After Imus: Now What?", Arie guest-starred as a panelist. She stated that she wasn't completely crazy about the duet partner, but the label suggested that it would make the album more commercial. Versions without Akon on the song are currently available on the iTunes Store.

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Grammy Awards history

Year Category Genre Recording Result
2002 "Record of the Year" General "Video" Nominated
"Album of the Year" General Acoustic Soul Nominated
"Song of the Year" General "Video" Nominated
"Best New Artist" General Nominated
"Best Female R&B Vocal Performance" R&B "Video" Nominated
"Best R&B Song" R&B "Video" Nominated
"Best R&B Album" R&B Acoustic Soul Nominated
2003 "Best Pop Collaboration with Vocals" Pop "The Christmas Song" (with Stevie Wonder) Nominated
"Best Urban/Alternative Performance" R&B "Little Things" Won
"Best R&B Song" R&B "Good Man" Nominated
"Best R&B Album" R&B Voyage to India Won
2006 "Best Pop Collaboration with Vocals" Pop "A Time to Love" (Stevie Wonder featuring India.Arie) Nominated
2007 "Best Female R&B Vocal Performance" R&B "I Am Not My Hair" Nominated
"Best R&B Song" R&B "I Am Not My Hair" Nominated
"Best R&B Album" R&B Testimony: Vol. 1, Life & Relationship Nominated
2008 "Best R&B Song" R&B "Beautiful Flower" Nominated

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Discography

Albums

Acoustic Soul is the debut album by India Arie, released in 2001. ... Voyage to India is the second album by India Arie, released in 2002. ...

Singles

Year Single Chart positions Album
U.S. U.S. R&B U.S. dance UK
2001 "Video" 47 45 32 Acoustic Soul
"Brown Skin" 109 39 29
"Strength, Courage & Wisdom" 76
"Ready for Love"
2002 "Little Things" 89 33 62 Voyage to India
2003 "Can I Walk with You"
"The Truth" 105
"Get It Together"
2005 "Purify Me" 53 Diary of a Mad Black Woman soundtrack
2006 "I Am Not My Hair" (featuring Akon) 97 47 14 65 Testimony: Vol. 1, Life & Relationship
"The Heart of the Matter"
"There's Hope" 105 33
2007 "Beautiful Flower" 56 Testimony: Vol. 2, Love & Politics

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References

  1. ^ The soul of a songwriter: India.Arie talks about reading, writing and stoking her creative fires. Black Issues Book Review (September–October 2004). Retrieved on 2007-05-05.
  2. ^ India.Arie MTV biography. MTV. Retrieved on 2007-10-15.
  3. ^ Tyra Banks & India.Arie. iAmplify (December 8, 2005). Retrieved on 2007-03-06.
  4. ^ Brian McKnight, Marc Anthony & More On Stevie Wonder Tribute Collection. Spotlight on R&B (February 9, 2003). Retrieved on 2007-06-01.

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NAME India.Arie
ALTERNATIVE NAMES Simpson, India Arie
SHORT DESCRIPTION American singer-songwriter, guitarist, and flautist
DATE OF BIRTH October 3, 1975
PLACE OF BIRTH Denver, Colorado, United States
DATE OF DEATH
PLACE OF DEATH
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