India.Arie Strikes Gold

I remembering hearing India Arie had gone gold this week and I was so happy for her.My sister told me to pick up the album a few days ago and I am so glad I did.This sista is truly gifted.Sadly, in a week where Cassie shows just how far R&B music has sunk, few blogs if any have reported this great news.I can only speculate as to why no talents like Cassie get all the attention while artists such as India, Jaguar Wright, Heather Headley, and so many others, get overlooked.

12-time Grammy nominee India.Arie crossed the 500,000 sales plateau this week with her new album Testimony: Vol. 1, Life & Relationship, reaching the coveted milestone within a month of its #1 debut on the Billboard Top 200 Albums chart. Released on June 27th, the album is the first studio effort from the inspirational singer/songwriter in 4 years, and has garnered universal acclaim as a more personal expression from the award winning artist. “Testimony may just be your cup of decaffeinated jasmine tea,” raved Entertainment Weekly, with VIBE Magazine describing the CD as “pensive and poetic,” The album’s first video, “I Am Not My Hair,” helmed by Barnaby Roper (Moby, Razorlight) became a staple of both MTV and BET.

India.Arie’s mesmerizing version of the Don Henley classic “Heart Of The Matter,” ships to radio this week. India.Arie will also head to Europe this month with a national tour in the US starting late September. As a US Ambassador for UNICEF she will embark on another goodwill trip to Africa this Fall.

Testimony: Vol. 1, Life & Relationship is the third studio album from India.Arie, with all three works achieving gold/and or multi platinum status. The talented singer/songwriter emerged onto the music scene in 2001 with her platinum-plus debut Acoustic Soul. A masterful meditation on self-acceptance and womanhood, she was dubbed the new “neo-soulstress” by no less than Newsweek Magazine, praising her as “one of the freshest talents to come out of 2001,” the emotive singer went on to be nominated for seven Grammys for her debut album, and subsequently has won a host of awards including 2 Grammys, 3 NAACP Awards, as well as being recognized by BET, Billboard Magazine, MTV, VH1 and Essence Magazine, among others.

2002’s Voyage To India cemented her rep as a seminal singer/songwriter, netting her 4 Grammy nominations and two statues. With nearly 7 million albums sold, she most recently was nominated for her 12th Grammy in the Best Pop Collaboration With Vocals category for her writing collaboration with Stevie Wonder on the title song of his most recent album, A Time To Love.

India.Arie is universally recognized as a tireless champion of social and humanitarian causes around the world. She recently returned from a trip to South Africa where she observed and assisted humanitarian efforts taking place in the epicenter of the global AIDS crisis.

She has performed with numerous artists including Sting, Elton John, Sade, Aaron Neville and Sergio Mendes to name a few and has collaborated with many others including; Stevie Wonder, John Mellencamp, Bonnie Raitt, Keb Mo, Rascal Flatts, Cassandra Wilson, and Elmo. She has also written songs for several movie soundtracks including “Good Man” for We Were Soldiers, “Eyes of the Heart” for Radio, “Get It Together” for Shark Tale, “Purify Me” for Diary of a Mad Black Woman and most recently, her song “Ready For Love” is featured in the new Miami Vice movie.

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  1. Her album is good.I never hear her stuff on the radio though.Total word of mouth keeps India’s career going.

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