India Arie

India.Arie (born India Arie Simpson on , 1975) is a Grammy Award winning American soul, R&B, and neo soul singer-songwriter, record producer, guitarist, and flautist.


Biography


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) 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 . 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.


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.


Musical career


india.arie in concert.
Acoustic Soul (2001)
Main article: Acoustic Soul

Acoustic Soul was released on , 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 2.18 million copies in the U.S. and 3 million 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)
Main article: Voyage to India

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 1.4 million copiesin the U.S. and 2.2 million worldwide.


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 , 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 1.3 million 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.


Collaborations


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 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 little child victims of Hurricanes Katrina and Rita.
Arie is also featured on Stevie Wonder's album A Time to Love, released on , 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 Torm?©'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 S?©rgio 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 , 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 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.

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
2009
"Best R&B Performance by a Duo or Group w/ Vocals"
R&B
"Words" feat. Anthony David
Nominated

Discography


Albums
2001: Acoustic Soul
2002: Voyage to India
2006: Testimony: Vol. 1, Life & Relationship
2009: Testimony: Vol. 2, Love & Politics
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"
???
???
???
???
"Peaceful World" (with John Mellencamp)
104
???
???
???
Cuttin' Heads
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"
???
???
???
79*
"There's Hope"
105
33
???
???
2007
"Beautiful Flower"
56
???
???
???
???
2008
"Words" (Anthony David featuring India.Arie)
???
53
???
???
Acey Duecy
"Chocolate High" (feat. Musiq Soulchild)
114
19
???
???
Testimony: Vol. 2, Love & Politics
2009
"Therapy" (feat. Gramps Morgan)
???
???
???
???
"The Heart of the Matter" charted on the UK Singles Chart on 1 June 2008, based on download sales alone, due to the release of the Sex and the City: The Movie soundtrack.

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