India Arie:

By Duchess Magazine

The Magic Of India Arie ?? ‘I Am Not My Hair’ ‘I Am Light’ ‘Ready For Love’…the hits just keep coming!

Seven studio albums, eighteen singles, selling over 3.3 million records in the US and 10 million worldwide with four Grammy Awards to prove, African-American singer, songwriter and guitarist, India Arie Simpson is more than your average music sensation.

Super talented, magnetic presence, deep insightful lyrics and a soulful performer, today we celebrate one of music’s most authentic voices.

The 44 year old whose top notch creative visionary music inspires and uplifts has no doubt a strong presence in today’s entertainment world since her debut in 1999.

The chart-topping R&B recording artist who has entertained US Presidents and performed alongside several other high profile artistes including Stevie Wonder was inducted into the Georgia Music Hall of Fame.

Born in Denver to parents from Memphis and Detroit, with her mum herself being a former singer, a young Indie had a strong support system and kicked off singing right from childhood.

Collaborating with other local artists in Atlanta, Arie and the artists eventually formed the music group Groovement, but in 1999, Arie was discovered by a Universal/Motown music scout, she was then introduced to former Motown CEO Kedar Massenburg. At age 24 she began her career as a solo artist.

In 2001, the then budding singer
released her debut album Acoustic Soul, it met with rave reviews, a commercial success it debuted at number ten on the U.S. Billboard 200 and within months of massive airplay, 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.

She didn’t look back, today the music superstar has six successful albums to her name. Aside winning four Grammys, Arie also has two BET awards, four NAACP Image awards, and has been nominated for five Soul Train music awards. ?


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