India.Arie reinvents herself on her new album, SongVersation.
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June 13, 2013 In 2009, the singer-songwriter says she asked herself the question, "Who am I?" The answer led her to make plans to retire. Four years later, she's re-emerged with a new album called SongVersation, as well as a new sense of who she is as an artist.
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March 8, 2009 The popular singer-songwriter says her new album, Testimony, Vol. 2, is about "the oneness of all things." Watch video from a studio session by India.Arie, recorded live in NPR's Studio 4A.
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July 4, 2008 The capital of Georgia is home to some of the biggest stars in hip-hop and R&B. Since the 1990s, though, the city has also nurtured a very different scene — indie soul. Clubs like the shuttered Yin Yang Cafe and Sugarhill have birthed an intimate scene that gives musicians room to experiment and grow.
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June 20, 2007 News and Notes intern, Kenya Young, explains why she chose "I Am Not My Hair" by India.Arie as this week's selection.
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July 20, 2006 Two-time Grammy-winner India.Arie calls her music an expression of her way of life. Her third studio album came out June 27 and jumped to the top spot on the Billboard chart. She performs live from NPR's studio 4A.
October 6, 2002 India.Arie received seven Grammy nominations last year for her first album, Acoustic Soul. Now the singer-songwriter is back with her sophomore effort, Voyage to India. She talks about the new album with Liane Hansen.
January 28, 2002 Host Tavis Smiley interviews musician and songwriter India Arie. The seven-time Grammy nominee talks about the surprises and revelations that come with newfound stardom.
January 5, 2002 Lisa talks with New York Times music writer Jon Pareles about this year's Grammy nominees. U2 had the most nominations with eight, while little known singer India Arie garnered seven nominations, including album of the year.
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May 8, 2001 NPR's Elizabeth Blair profiles singer India.Arie. Amidst the heavy beats and sexual lyrics of most pop, India Arie's work stands out with its acoustic guitar-driven groove and lyrics celebrating self-confidence and sensuality. India Arie's album, Acoustic Soul, is on Motown.
May 2, 2001 Number 21 on the Billboard top 100 this week: India Arie, with her first CD, Acoustic Soul. She has drawn impressive comparisons to Roberta Flack, Tracy Chapman and Bill Withers. Reviewer Sarah Bardeen says that Arie deserves the success. India Arie's Acoustic Soul is on Motown Records.
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