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INDIA ARIE

India Arie

Born India Arie Simpson
October 3, 1975
Denver, Colorado, United States
Other names India.Arie
Alma mater Savannah College of Art and Design

Occupation
Singer songwriter actress musician record producer

India Arie Simpson born, October 3, 1975, best known as India.Arie (sometimes styled as india.arie) is an American singer-songwriter, actress, musician, and record producer. She has sold over 3.3 million records in the US and 10 million worldwide. She has won four Grammy Awards from her 21 nominations, including Best R&B Album.

She was born in Denver, Colorado, the daughter of Joyce and Ralph Simpson. Her musical skills were encouraged by both parents in her younger years. Her mother 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. According to a DNA analysis, she descends from the Mende people of Sierra Leone, the Kru people of Liberia and the Fula people of Guinea-Bissau.

After Simpson’s parents divorced, her mother moved the family to Atlanta, Georgia when India was 13. 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 signed her and made an introduction to former Motown CEO Kedar Massenburg. Arie resides in Atlanta, Georgia.

Arie released her debut album Acoustic Soul on March 27, 2001. The album was met with positive reviews and commercial success. “Acoustic Soul” 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 by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA), selling 2,180,000 copies in the U.S. and 3,000,000 copies worldwide. The album was also certified Gold by the British Phonographic Industry and platinum by Music Canada. The album was promoted with the release of the lead single “Video”. “Video” attained commercial success peaking at forty seven on the US Billboard Hot 100 and becoming her highest charting song in the region to date. The album’s second single “Brown Skin” failed to chart on the Billboard Hot 100, but it became her highest charting single in the United Kingdom, peaking at number 29.

Arie performed a duet with rock singer-guitarist John Mellencamp on the song “Peaceful World” for his 2001 album Cuttin’ Heads. 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”. Arie performed a duet with jazz singer Cassandra Wilson on the song “Just Another Parade” for her 2002 album Belly of the Sun.

Arie followed the success of her debut on September 24, 2002 with the release of Voyage to India. It debuted at number six on the Billboard 200 with first week sales of 109,000 copies and topped the Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums, with the RIAA certifying it Platinum. At the 2003 Grammy Awards, it won Best R&B Album, and the single “Little Things” won Best Urban/Alternative Performance. Shark Tale (2004)

In June 2017, she announced the release of her first EP SongVersation: Medicine on June 30th. It was preceded by the single “Breathe” and the new single “I Am Light” which was originally included on her 2013 Songversation album. She expressed that the EP was “made to be listened to in a quiet time, prayer, meditation, Yoga. My wish is that these songs bring softness, clarity, calm, and inspiration.”

Discography

Studio albums

2001: Acoustic Soul
2002: Voyage to India
2006: Testimony: Vol. 1, Life & Relationship
2009: Testimony: Vol. 2, Love & Politics
2013: Songversation
2015: Christmas with Friends
2017: SongVersation: Medicine – EP

Collaborations

2010 : Guitar Heaven: The Greatest Guitar Classics of All Time by Carlos Santana. – India sings While my guitar gently weeps with Yo Yo Ma on cello.
2010 : The Imagine Project by Herbie Hancock. – India sings Imagine with Konono No. 1, Oumou Sangare and Jeff Beck.

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