Jukebox Notes: India.Arie

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India.Arie
Testimony: Vol. 2., Love & Politics
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Released: Feb 10, 2009
Released By Universal Republic

Two-time Grammy award winner and 16-time Grammy nominee INDIA.ARIE returns with her 4th career album, Testimony: Vol. 2, Love & Politics, marking the return of her signature brand of “acoustic soul.” Testimony: Vol. 2 was produced by India.Arie, Novel (produced India.Aries’s “Purify Me” for Tyler Perry soundtrack), Dru Castro, and more. This album is the follow up to Arie’s 2006 album, Testimony: Vol. 1, Life and Relationship, which debuted at #1 on Billboard Top 200 in 06.

The new album from India.Arie includes the singles “Chocolate High” featuring Musiq Soulchild and “Therapy” featuring Gramps Morgan.

The world renowned award winning singer/songwriter India.Arie came onto the national music scene in 2001 with her Universal Records debut Acoustic Soul. She followed up in 2002 with her sophomore CD Voyage To India and then in 2006 released her third album, the more personally expressive Testimony: Vol. 1, Life & Relationship. All three releases have received critical acclaim nationwide and made her a respectable and noted artist in a very short amount of time.

She has sold over 8 million copies worldwide and has received numerous awards and nominations including 16 Grammy nominations, 2 Grammy awards, 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 initially heard by women around the world has developed into a voice heard by people around the world. Oprah Winfrey initially acknowledged her popularity on national television by thanking her for writing the her first single “Video” saying- “We (women) needed this song-thank you for writing this song” and then recently praised her again on national television for her 2007 single “There’s Hope.”

In June 2008 she launched her own label imprint through Universal Republic called Soulbird Music with her first signing singer/songwriter Anthony David. India.Arie says “SoulBird (which is another name for a butterfly), is meant to evoke the Energy of the music rather than the Style and will represent; music with intelligence and heart, music that moves people in their souls AND their bodies. Music with wings.” The cathartic first single from David’s new album, “Words,” is a stirring duet co-written by the duo, mirroring the enduring friendship and spirit of collaboration between the two artists who have known each other for more than a decade.

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Chocolate High ft. Musiq Soulchild

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  • Sarita

    Oh, thank you thank you for this sample of india.arie! I was hoping to hear from her again during the election season, but this is even sweeter! Like a victory anthem to Obama’s moment–awesome. I’ll go out and buy the cd for my Valentine’s treat to myself.

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