Nominated 11 times for Grammys within two short years, India.Arie
came onto the national music scene in 2001 with her Motown Records debut Acoustic Soul
and then followed up in 2002 with her sophomore CD Voyage To India
. Both CDs have sold over 6 million copies worldwide and have helped Ms. Arie garner numerous awards including 2 Grammys and 3 NAACP Image Awards, along with awards from BET, Billboard Music, Radio Music, MTV, VH1 Vogue Fashion, Essence Magazine and others.
She has received critical acclaim from USA Today to VIBE Magazine, Entertainment Weekly to People Magazine. A voice heard by women around the world, Oprah Winfrey
acknowledged her popularity on national television by thanking her for writing the song “Video” saying- “We (women) needed this song-thank you for writing this song.” New York Times says "Ms. Arie's music only further enhances her reputation as an artist of substance; centering on her acoustic guitar and confident but restrained vocals, it recalls such soul masters as Stevie Wonder
and Roberta Flack
In between touring and writing music, India.Arie finds the time to help promote things close to her heart- UNICEF and KENWA (Kenya Network of Women With AIDS) being two of them. Her recent performances have included MusicCares Salute to James Taylor
where she performed alongside Bruce Springsteen
, Bonnie Raitt
, David Crosby
and others, and at the televised 2006 Superbowl Pre-show where she performed with Stevie Wonder and John Legend
An animated India.Arie appeared last year on Blues Clues
’ BluesStock and she will be performing a duet with Aaron Neville
at the 2006 NAACP Image Awards (where she is nominated for yet another award-Outstanding Female Artist). She recently co-wrote a song with Stevie Wonder, the title track for his new album Time to Love
. The song was nominated for a 2006 Grammy Award for Best Pop Vocal Collaboration--making it Ms. Arie’s 12th nomination to date. India.Arie plans to release her third album, Testimony: Vol. 1, Life & Relationship in May 2006.
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