India.Arie

Genres: Pop / Rock R&B / Soul
Descriptive "tags": soul female vocalists neo-soul rnb singer-songwriter Powered by AudioScrobbler
Decades Active: 2000s
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Biography

India Arie Simpson, 3 October 1975, Denver, Colorado, USA. This Atlanta, Georgia, USA-based singer-songwriter made an immediate impact on the neo-soul scene with the release of her debut Acoustic Soul in March 2001. Her parents named her India in honour of Mahatma Gandhi, with her mother adding Arie (Hebrew for ‘lion’). The singer later added the web-style dot to give her name ‘an aesthetic flow’. The family moved to Atlanta when India was 13. She first started playing guitar while studying jewellery making at Savannah College of Art and Design, and gradually became involved in the local urban music scene, helping form the artist’s collective Groovement/Earthseed. Her first songs appeared on the collective’s independently released CD, leading to an invitation to play on several southern legs of 1998’s Lilith Fair tour. A recording contract with Motown Records, which gave the singer complete artistic control over her music, was...

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