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Among the neo-classic soul artists to emerge in the early 2000s, following the success of artists like D'Angelo and Lauryn Hill, Atlanta's India.Arie was poised to make a major impact. A studied songwriter and guitar player rooted in the soul and blues of the past, as well as in positive-minded contemporary hip-hop, Arie debuted with Acoustic Soul. Rich with with resonant hooks and mature lyrics -- impressive, considering she been writing songs for only five years -- the album established a remarkable career that has entailed four Grammy Awards and five consecutive placements in the Top Ten of the Billboard 200. Born in Denver to parents from Memphis and Detroit, Arie always had music in her life. The family moved to Atlanta when she was 13, and after high school she began playing guitar at the encouragement of her mother. Involvement in the fertile Atlanta music scene led to the formation of an artist's collective called Groovement and an independent label, EarthShare, which released a compilation CD featuring Arie's first songs. A second-stage slot on the 1998 Lilith Fair tour garnered major-label interest. Arie signed with Motown after she was guaranteed full artistic control. Work on Acoustic Soul dragged out over nearly two years, but Arie's pursuit of perfection and musical integrity yielded pleasing results. The album's first single, "Video," received strong radio and club play early in 2001, and the full-length followed that March. Just over a year later, Arie completed her follow-up, Voyage to India, and it appeared in September 2002. Four years later, the singer hit number one on the all-genre Billboard 200 for the first time with Testimony: Vol. 1, Life & Relationship, which also netted her three Grammy nominations. The more outward-looking Testimony: Vol. 2, Love & Politics was released through Universal Republic in February 2009 and debuted at number three on the Billboard 200. After a hiatus from the industry, she returned to Motown, where she released Songversation in June 2013. It was her fifth consecutive Top Ten album. She performed with Stevie Wonder during the Songs in the Key of Life tour and, in 2015, teamed up with Joe Sample for Christmas with Friends. ~ John Duffy
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Stations Featuring


    14 songs

    '00s R&B

    '00s R&B
    8 songs

    Acoustic Rock

    Acoustic Rock
    1 song

    Smooth Vocals

    Smooth Vocals
    2 songs

    Smooth Jazz

    1 song

    New Smooth Jazz

    1 song

    Coffeehouse Corner

    1 song

    Female Focus

    1 song

    Modern Gospel

    1 song

    R&B and Soul Mix

    2 songs

Albums by

Top Songs by

  1.   Song
  2.   Video
  3.   Brown Skin
  4.   Chocolate High
  5.   Beautiful
  6.   I Am Not My Hair
  7.   There's Hope
  8.   Purify Me
  9.   Can I Walk with You
  10.   The Heart of the Matter
  11.   Ready for Love
  12.   Favorite Time of Year featuring Joe Sample
  13.   Silent Night featuring Brandy
  14.   Good Man
  15.   Strength Courage and Wisdom
  16.   The Truth
  17.   Get It Together
  18.   I Choose
  19.   I See God in You
  20.   Good Mourning
  21.   Simple
  22.   These Eyes
  23.   India' Song
  24.   Little Things
  25.   Wings of Forgiveness
  26.   God Is Real
  27.   Let It Snow
  28.   Mary, Did You Know?
  29.   God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen
  30.   Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas
  31.   Talk to Her
  32.   I Am Light
  33.   Beautiful Surprise
  34.   Just Do You
  35.   Summer
  36.   Private Party
  37.   Moved by You
  38.   Better Way
  39.   Headed in the Right Direction
  40.   Thank You
  41.   6th Avenue
  42.   A Beautiful Day
  43.   River Rise
  44.   He Heals Me
  45.   This Too Shall Pass
  46.   Outro: Learning
  47.   Promises
  48.   Auld Lang Syne
  49.   I've Got My Love to Keep Me Warm
  50.   Merry Christmas Baby
  51.   Strength, Courage, and Wisdom - India Arie
  52.   SoulBird Reprise: Ney
  53.   SoulBird Rise
  54.   Thy Will Be Done
  55.   Break the Shell
  56.   Flowers
  57.   The Cure
  58.   Yellow
  59.   Interlude: Grains
  60.   Therapy
  61.   When Love Came In featuring Lathun
  62.   Living (Interlude)
  63.   Great Grandmother
  64.   Intro: Loving
  65.   Interested