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Coming to that realization—let alone taking that crucial first step—can be a daunting endeavor.Now on the other side of a self-imposed four-year hiatus, India.
The result is a compelling snapshot of her hard-won breakthrough to simultaneous personal and artistic growth.
“This is where I’ve been for the last four years,” reflects the singer.
“I’ve struggled most of my career to feel comfortable with how things were, how I was treated, the politics of the music industry.
I needed to pull back from the public eye to ground myself and rebuild my life and career.
It’s a process many of us go through: spiritual maturation, spiritual awakening, clearing out the old and starting anew.” Her inner renewal pulsates throughout , starting with lead single “Cocoa Butter.” The mid-tempo groove and image-rich verses mirror the soothing balm that is the song’s namesake. \ I show you my burns \ you show me lessons learned,” sings a re-energized India. The singer exudes quiet power on the non-apologetic “Life I Know” as well as the empowerment-themed “Just Do You.” With its spare instrumentation, honest and engaging lyrics framed by melodic R&B, . I trusted my intuition through every line and note of every song on this album, following the flow.
But underscoring those basics now is a fervent spirit born out of epiphanies, health imbalances and hard decisions that occurred over the past four years. Everything became and sounded more complex, instead of me just being.” No more. Arie sings on the album’s centerpiece “Break the Shell”: “Child, it’s time to break the shell \ Life’s gonna hurt but it’s meant to be felt \ You cannot touch the sky from inside yourself \ You cannot fly until you break the shell.” “Putting spiritual and empowerment ideals into music concepts … And the ease of the flow is always a sign that I am in the right place, doing the right thing. I created from that place.” Acoustic Soul (March 2001)certified double platinum, debuted #10 on Billboard Top 200 Album chart, #3 on Billboard Top R&B album chart – nominated for 7 Grammys Voyage To India (September 2002), certified platinum, debuted #6 on Billboard Top 200 album chart, #1 on Billboard Top R&B album chart – nominated for 4 Grammys, won 2. 1, Life & Relationship (June 27, 2006), Certified gold, debuted #1 on Billboard Top 200 Album Chart-nominated for 3 Grammys. 2, Love & Politics (February 10, 2009), debuted # 1 on Billboard R&B Chart, #3 on Billboard Top 200 Album Chart-nominated for 3 Grammys, won 1.
“On my last two albums, I felt like I was fighting to grow,” says India. that’s always been the core message of my music—and it seemed I was talking to others …” says India. “But the truth is that it was my message to myself because I was yearning to know the peace of a self-defined life.” Born in Denver and later relocating to Atlanta as a teen, India. ” Exhausted from writing and recording “That was my first glimpse of a new resilience, of stepping into my power,” she recalls. GRAMMY TOTALS: 21 Nominations, 4 Wins MTV VIDEO MUSIC AWARD RADIO MUSIC AWARD SOUL TRAIN LADY OF SOUL AWARDS Nomination- Best New Artist VH1 VOGUE FASION AWARD BET AWARDS Winner-Best female R&B artist BILLBOARD VIDEO AWARDS Winner – Best New Artist 2001 ALBUMS ESSENCE AWARDS Winner- (for writing Video) GRAMMY AWARDS Nomination- Album Of The Year (ACOUSTIC SOUL) Nomination -Record Of The Year (“Video”) Nomination -Song Of The Year (“Video’) Nomination -Best New Artist Nomination -Best Female R&B Vocal Performance (“Video”) Nomination -Best R&B Song (“Video”) Nomination -Best R&B Album MTV MUSIC VIDEO AWARDS Nomination – MTV2 Artist Of The Year” NAACP IMAGE AWARDS Nomination-Outstanding New Artist Nomination- Outstanding Female Artist Nomination- Outstanding Album SOUL TRAIN AWARDS Nomination- Best R&B Soul Single Nomination -Best R&B Soul Album Nomination -Best R&B Soul or Rap New Artist SOUL TRAIN LADY OF SOUL AWARDS Nomination- Best R&B/Soul Single, Solo,"Brown Skin" GRAMMY AWARDS Won- Best Urban/Alternative Performance (“Little Things") Won - Best R&B Album, (VOYAGE TO INDIA) Nomination - Best R&B Song ("Good Man"), Nomination - Best Pop Collaboration with Vocals, India. NAACP IMAGE AWARDS Won- Outstanding Music Video, “Little Things” Won- Outstanding Duo or Group, "Christmas Song" (India.
Arie went from “singing under a tree in the park” to the Grammy Awards stage in five years, earning seven nominations for her 2001 double-platinum debut . “I realized I had to seize the chance to make the career and life I wanted, not accepting what others wanted me to do. “It’s about not having anything to prove except to simply express myself because it’s who I am—not as a means to an end. It’s about being more me in both my life and career.” She recently embraced the former by expanding Soulbird, her label imprint, into a multi-faceted company housing her other entrepreneurial endeavors: jewelry, apparel, merchandise, film and TV, music and book publishing. Arie and Stevie Wonder) Won- Outstanding Female Artist Nomination- Outstanding Song Nomination- Outstanding Album SOUL TRAIN AWARDS Nomination- Best R&B/Soul Single, Female, "Little Things" NAACP IMAGE AWARDS Nomination- Outstanding Music Video, “Truth” (Directors: Sanna Hamri, India.
But despite 21 Grammy nominations, four Grammys and 10 million albums sold worldwide, something was wrong. So I decided to retire, asking God to show me where I am supposed to be.” Music did eventually come back into her life through a series of vulnerable songs she began writing for a self-funded new project called . “I was confronted by the same questions,” says India. Arie) Honors VIBE MAGAZINE – January, 2002 (streets 12/01) Named “Best New Artist 2001” ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY MAGAZINE- JULY 2001 Named “One of Top 100 It Entertainers of the Year” Organic Style Magazine- MAY 2004 Named one of ten “WOMEN WITH ORGANIC STLYE” GRAMMY AWARDS Nomination – Best Pop Collaboration w/ vocals ( “A Time To Love” with Stevie Wonder) NAACP IMAGE AWARDS Nomination- Outstanding Female Artist GRAMMY AWARDS Nomination – Best R&B Album (Testimony: Vol.1, Life & Relationship) Nomination – Best Female R&B Vocal Performance ("I Am Not My Hair”) Nomination – Best R&B Song ("I Am Not My Hair”) NAACP IMAGE AWARDS Nomination - Outstanding Song “I Am Not My Hair” Nomination - Outstanding Female Artist WON - Outstanding Video “I Am Not My Hair” GRAMMY AWARDS Nomination – Best R&B Song ("Beautiful Flower”) NAACP IMAGE AWARDS Nomination - Outstanding Song “Beautiful Flower” 2009 Awards GRAMMY AWARDS Nomination – Best R&B Song Duo or Group ("Words” w/ Anthony David) NAACP- WASHINGTON, DC BRANCH Centennial Award-Visionary GRAMMY AWARDS Nomination – Best R&B Song Duo or Group ("Chocolate High” w/ Musiq Soulchild) Nomination – Best R&B Album ("Testimony Vol.Tags: Adult Dating, affair dating, sex dating