The Art of Love & War is the fourth studio album (fifth overall) by American R&B-soul singer–songwriter Angie Stone, released in the United States on October 16, 2007 by Stax Records. The album debuted and peaked at number eleven on the U.S. Billboard 200 chart selling 45,000 copies in its first week, becoming Stone's highest-charting album to date. Its lead single, "Baby" (featuring Betty Wright), debuted at number eighteen on the Billboard Bubbling Under Hot 100 Singles, later peaking at number three, and also peaked at number twenty-two on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs after debuting on the Bubbling Under R&B/Hip-Hop Singles at number twenty and jumping to the main chart at number seventy-three.
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Angie Stone (born Angela Laverne Brown on December 18, 1961) is an American R&B and soul singer-songwriter, keyboardist, record producer, and occasional actress.
Stone was born in Columbia, South Carolina, where she began singing gospel music at First Nazareth Baptist Church, under the leadership of Reverend Blakely N. Scott.
She has a daughter and son. Her daughter Diamond (born 1984) is from her marriage to Rodney Stone (also known as Lil' Rodney C!, from the hip hop group Funky Four Plus One). Diamond contributed background vocals to her 2007 song "Baby",Angie Stone Interview on Michael Baisden Radio show and gave birth to Stone's grandson in 2008. During the 1990s Stone dated neo soul singer D'Angelo. Their son Michael was born in 1998. Stone lives in Atlanta, Georgia with her son and fiancé Ashanti, an airline auditor who has two children of his own.
In the early 1980s, Stone (then known as Angie B.) was a member of The Sequence, a
female hip hop/funk trio consisting of Cheryl The Pearl and Blondie. They were the second rap group signed to the Sugar Hill Record Label after auditioning for Sylvia Robinson backstage at a Sugar Hill Gang concert in South Carolina. They had a hit in 1980 with "Funk You Up", which reached number fifteen on the U.S. Top Black Singles chart, and a minor hit with "Monster Jam" featuring rapper Spoonie Gee. The Sequence enjoyed a series of rap hits as the first female rap group during the early years of Hip Hop. Such hits as "Funky Sound (Tear The Roof Off)" kept The Sequence touring with many of the Soul Bands of the day. She then worked with Mantronix, before singing background on Lenny Kravitz's fifth studio album, 5. The Sequence faded into obscurity as Hip Hop changed from its original party sound to a more gritty street artform.
Stone emerged during the 1990s as part of the R&B trio Vertical Hold which released the popular single "Seems You're Much Too Busy" as well as two albums: A Matter of Time (1993) and Head First (1995).
In 1996, she teamed up with Gerry DeVeaux (Lenny Kravitz's cousin) and together with Charlie Mole they formed Devox. They recorded one album, Devox Featuring Angie B. Stone. Released in Japan by Toshiba EMI and selected cuts featured on Gerry DeVeaux's Front Of The line via the UK Expansion Records, which also included Stone-penned material.
Stone shared songwriting credits on D'Angelo's first two studio albums, Brown Sugar (1995) and Voodoo (2000), as well as providing backing vocals on tour with him.
Her solo debut album, Black Diamond, was released on September 28, 1999 on Arista Records; the album would eventually be certified gold by the RIAA. She has since also released, on Clive Davis' J Records, Mahogany Soul on October 16, 2001 (which also went gold), and Stone Love on July 6, 2004.
Much of Stone's solo material has significant soul influences and features notable samples. For example, her first solo single, "No More Rain (In This Cloud)" samples Gladys Knight & the Pips' 1972 song "Neither One of Us (Wants to Be the First to Say Goodbye)", while "Wish I Didn't Miss You" samples The O'Jays' 1972 song "Back Stabbers".
Stone sings the theme song for the UPN/The CW's sitcom Girlfriends.
During an interview to BBC 1Xtra on August 27, 2006, Stone announced that she had signed to the reworked Stax Records. Her fourth studio album
*1999: Black Diamond
*2001: Mahogany Soul
*2004: Stone Love
*2007: The Art of Love & War
Awards and nominations
* 2000 Soul Train Lady of Soul Awards: Best R&B/Soul Single, Solo for "No More Rain (In This Cloud)"
* 2000 Soul Train Lady of Soul Awards: Best R&B/Soul or Rap New Artist, Solo
* 2004 Edison Award for Stone Love
* 2003 Grammy Awards: Best R&B Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocals for "More Than a Woman" (with Joe)
* 2004 Grammy Awards: Best Female R&B Vocal Performance for "U-Haul"
* 2008 Grammy Awards: Best R&B Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocals for "Baby" (with Betty Wright)
* 2008 BET Awards: BET J Award
* 2008 BET J Virtual Awards: Album of the Year for The Art of Love & War
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