India Arie to release new album after four years
Posted on April 10, 2006 by Jamie Slaughter
One of music’s most honest and inspirational singer/songwriters, 12-time Grammy nominated India.Arie will release her new album, Testimony: Vol. 1, Life & Relationship, on June 27. Her third studio album, and her first since 2002’s acclaimed Voyage To India, which reached #6 on the Billboard Top Albums chart, the new disc was produced by longtime collaborators Shannon Sanders and Mark Batson (Seal, Beyonce), among others. The album’s first single, “I Am Not My Hair,” featuring searing remix collaborations with Akon, Swizz Beatz, and Jazze Pha, marks the first time India.Arie has agreed to let other artists remix her work.
Known for her soulful pursuit of unvarnished musical perfection, the new album is a more personal expression containing more intimate songscapes from the artist, duly recognized through the years for her keen insights about the world at large. India.Arie embarks this month on a heavy promotional schedule for the new disc, including a performance at the National Black Mayors Conference in Memphis, TN on April 29. She will also be doing an extensive promotional tour in May, with a trek to Europe after Memorial Day to perform select songs from the much anticipated album.
The video for “I Am Not My Hair,” helmed by noted director Barnaby Roper (Moby, Razorlight), recently premiered on Yahoo.com, and has been embraced by other major video outlets including BET and MTV.
India.Arie emerged onto the music scene in 2001 with her platinum plus debut Acoustic Soul. A masterful meditation on self-acceptance and womanhood, she was dubbed the new “neo-soulstress” by no less than Newsweek Magazine,
praising her as “one of the freshest talents to come out of 2001,” the emotive singer went on to be nominated for seven Grammys for her debut album, and subsequently has won a host of awards including two Grammys, three NAACP Awards, as well as being recognized by BET, Billboard Magazine, MTV, VH1 and Essence Magazine, among others.
2002’s Voyage To India cemented her rep as a seminal singer/songwriter, netting her four Grammy nominations and two statues. With more than six million albums sold, she most recently was nominated for her 12th Grammy in the "Best Pop Collaboration With Vocals" category for her collaboration with Stevie Wonder on the title song of his most recent album, A Time To Love.
India.Arie is also a U.S. ambassador for UNICEF and universally recognized as a tireless champion of social and humanitarian causes around the world.
She recently returned from a trip to South Africa where she observed and assisted humanitarian efforts taking place in the epicenter of the global AIDS crisis.