It's not her debut album, but this 2001 release of folky r&b should propel India.Arie into the national limelight. This gifted singer/ songwriter/ guitarist, with a richly textured voice and a spare but enveloping sound, brings to mind artists like Roberta Flack, Tracy Chapman and Bill Withers. Blending acoustic and hip-hop elements, her eloquent and inspiring songs on friendship, life and love include her first single Video
plus Brown Skin, Courage and Wisdom, Nature, I See God In You
. Stevie Wonder says, 'A gentle genius lives in the mind, voice and hands of this woman.'
Acoustic Soul is the debut album by American soul/R&B singer India.Arie, released in 2001 (see 2001 in music). It was nominated for seven Grammy Awards in 2002, including "Album of the Year" and "Best R&B Album".
*India.Arie – vocals, acoustic guitar
*Mark Batson – organ, synthesizer, bass, percussion, drums, keyboards, programming, Mellotron, Fender Rhodes
*Carlos "6 July" Broady – programming
*John Catchings – cello
*Larry Goldings – organ, Wurlitzer, string contractor
*Steve Grossman – percussion, drums
*Tony Harrell – keyboards
*Kerisha Hicks – background vocals
*Judeth Insel – viola
*Avery Johnson – bass
*Bashiri Johnson – percussion
*Doug Kahan – bass
*Terry MacMillan – percussion
*Blue Miller – acoustic guitar, guitar, electric guitar, programming, vocals, background vocals
*Bob Power – bass, guitar, conductor, programming
*Marlene Rice – violin
*Ralph Rolle – drums
*Joyce Simpson – background vocals
*David Spak – percussion
*Laurnea Wilkerson – background vocals
*Nioka Workman – cello
*Producers: Mark Batson, Carlos "6 July" Broady, Blue Miller, Bob Power
*Executive producer: Kedar Massenburg
*Engineers: Kevin Haywood, Avery Johnson, Jim Lightman, Blue Miller, Mark Niemiec, Bob Power, Lovis Scalise, Mike Tocci
*Mixing: Kevin Haywood, George Karras, Jim Lightman, Chris Mazer, Blue Miller, Bob Power, Mike Shipley, Alvin Speights, Dave Way
*Mastering: Chris Athens
*Programming: Mark Batson
*Assistant producer: Jason Breckling
*String arrangements: Mark Batson
*String engineer: Jon Smeltz
*Creative director: Sandy Brummels
*Product Manager: Liz Loblack
*Art direction: Annalee Valencia
*Design: Annalee Valencia
*Photography: Kwaku Alston, Michael Benabib This text has been derived from Acoustic Soul on Wikipedia and is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License 3.0
India.Arie (born India Arie Simpson; October 3, 1975) is a Grammy Award-winner American soul, R&B, and neo soul singer-songwriter, record producer, guitarist, and flautist. She has sold over 3.3 million records on U.S. and 10 million worldwide. She has won four Grammy Awards and received 18 nominations, including Album of the Year, Record of the Year, Song of the Year, Best New Artist.
Simpson 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) and is now her stylist. She has an older brother named J'On. After her parents divorced, Simpson's mother moved the family to Atlanta, Georgia when she was thirteen. Simpson 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.
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. Arie currently resides in Atlanta, Georgia.
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Acoustic Soul (2001)
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 2,180,000 copies in the U.S. and 3,000,000 copies worldwide. While Arie and the album were nominated for seven Grammy awards in 2002, they won no awards, losing in five of seven categories to Alicia Keys. She closed the ceremony with a performance of her song "Video".
Voyage to India (2002)
Arie followed the success of her debut on 24 September 2002 with the release of Voyage to India. It debuted at number six on the Billboard 200 and number one on the R&B chart. In 2003 it won 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 1,400,000 copies in the U.S. and 2,300,000 worldwide .
Testimony: Vol. 1, Life & Relationship (2006)
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 twelve years . Its first-week sales of 161,000 copies are Arie's best sales week to date and was certified gold in August 2006, selling 730,000 in US and 1,300,000 worldwide. "I Am Not My Hair" was the most successful release from Testimony: Vol. 1., reaching the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 at #97 and the UK Singles Chart at #65.
Her cover of Don Henley's "The Heart of the Matter" from Testimony: Vol. 1 was used in 2008 as a feature in the trailers to the film Sex and the City: The Movie.
Testimony: Vol. 2, Love & Politics (2009)
Her highly anticipated next album, Testimony: Vol. 2, Love & Politics was released on Tuesday, February 10, 2009. It debuted at No. 3 on the Billboard 200, and No. 2 on the R&B chart. Within this CD, Arie collaborated with such artists as Sezen Aksu, Keb Mo, Gramps Morgan and Musiq Soulchild to fulfill her self-proclaimed desire to "do projects with people who are making music that is meaningful, with a lot of integrity and a lot of sonic diversity". Arie, in the cited interview, also identified this CD as the first of her collection to come directly from her own point of view, without feeling any necessity to fulfill fan or media needs. Arie was able to achieve this newfound ability to write and sing songs without worrying about public opinion after a much-needed vacation to Hawaii. This CD was Arie's first CD produced after her change from Motown to Universal Records.Lewis, Pete. "India.Arie: Sweet, Sweet Soul Music." bluesandsoul.com. Issue 1024. Web. 03 Nov 2009
India.Arie's new album, a work produced in collaboration with Israeli singer Idan Raichel is due to be released in the spring of 2011.
*Arie performed a duet with rock singer-guitarist John Mellencamp on the song "Peaceful World" for his 2001 album Cuttin' Heads.
*Arie performed a duet with jazz singer Cassandra Wilson on the song "Just Another Parade" for her 2002 album Belly of the Sun.
*On the of The Tyra Banks Show, Arie "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.
*Arie is also featured on Stevie Wonder's album A Time to Love, released on October 18, 2005. Arie and Wonder duet on the title track "A Time to Love", written by Arie, which was nominated for "Best Pop Collaboration with Vocals" at the 2006 Grammy Awards. Three years earlier, their rendition of Mel Tormé's 1944 classic "The Christmas Song", recorded for the holiday TV commercial for retailer Target, had been nominated for the same category, making it the first song created and financed exclusively for a commercial to be nominated for a Grammy Award.
*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 was not completely crazy about the duet partner, but the label suggested that it would make the album more commercial. Versions without Akon on the song were made available.
*Arie performed the song "She Is" for Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, inspired by the PBS Independent Lens documentary Iron Ladies of Liberia.
*Arie performed a duet with singer Anthony David for his song "Words" for his 2008 album Acey Duecy.
* Arie performed "Self-Fulfilling" in duet with Beate S. Lech of Beady Belle on the band's 2008 album Belvedere.
*Arie Alphabet song with Elmo on Sesame Street.
*Arie appeared with Leona on Between the Lions singing a song about outlaw words.
*Arie performed "Video" with British singer Adele at the 2009 VH1 Divas
*Arie is one of over 70 artists singing on "We Are the World: 25 for Haiti", a charity single in aid of the 2010 Haiti earthquake.
*Arie performed a duet with Marc Cohn on the song "Make It With You" for his 2010 album Listening Booth: 1970.
*Arie collaborated in 2010 with Santana for the Beatles' cover, While My Guitar Gently Weeps.
*Arie contributed vocals to "Imagine" for the 2010 Herbie Hancock album, The Imagine Project along with Seal, P!nk, Jeff Beck, Konono N°1, Oumou Sangare and others.
*2001: Acoustic Soul
*2002: Voyage to India
*2006: Testimony: Vol. 1, Life & Relationship
*2009: Testimony: Vol. 2, Love & Politics
*2011: Open Doorhttp
:2002 - Best Female R&B Artist (Won)
:2003 - Best Female R&B Artist (Won)
;MTV Video Music Award
:2001 - MTV2 Award for "Video" (Nominated)
;Soul Train Music Award
:2003 - Female R&B/Soul Single for "Little Things" (Nominated)
*2011 - Pastor Brown - Lateefah
*2003 - American Dreams....Nina Simone "Act of Contrition"
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