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BIRTHDAY: October 3, 1975
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BIGGEST SINGLE: "Video" (2002)
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BIGGEST LP: Acoustic Soul (2001)
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GRAMMY AWARDS: 4
button.gif (123 bytes) "Songwriting has had an effect on me that I would never have predicted" - India.Arie

 
TIMELINE

India.Ariebutton.gif (123 bytes) India.Arie was named as a tribute to Mahatma Gandhi and was born in Colorado. Throughout her childhood, India.Arie was interested in music learning how to play the saxophone, clarinet and other instruments, and sang in choirs. The love of learning music and encouragement to sing led to India.Arie learning guitar while at the Savannah College of Art and Design. India's first music release came in the form of a compilation of independent artists - EarthShare.

1998...

button.gif (123 bytes) India performed a few dates at the Lilith Fair package tour which led to a record contract with Motown.

2000...

September
button.gif (123 bytes) India could be heard on the soundtrack for Bamboozled with several tracks.

2001... # 164 Singles Artist of the Year

March
India.Arie - Acoustic Soulbutton.gif (123 bytes) India released her debut LP - Acoustic Soul.

May
button.gif (123 bytes) Acoustic Soul was certified gold.

September
button.gif (123 bytes) India was nominated for a MTV Video Music Award for the MTV2 Award ("Video").

October
button.gif (123 bytes) India hit the Top 40 helping out John Mellencamp with "Peaceful World" from Mellencamp's Cuttin' Heads.

December
button.gif (123 bytes) Acoustic Soul was certified platinum.

2002... # 50 Singles Artist of the Year

February
button.gif (123 bytes) India was nominated for 7 Grammy Awards - Album of the Year and Best R&B Album (Acoustic Soul), Record of the Year, Song of the Year, Best R&B Vocal Performance - Female, and Best R&B Song (awarded to the songwriter) ("Video"), and Best New Artist - but went home empty-handed.

March
India.Arie - "Video" (Single)button.gif (123 bytes) India hit the Top 40 with "Video."

May
button.gif (123 bytes) India hit the Top 10 with "Video."

June
button.gif (123 bytes) India won a BET Award for Best Female R&B Artist.

September
India.Arie - Voyage To Indiabutton.gif (123 bytes) India released her next LP, Voyage To India, with the first single, "Little Things." Another track on the LP, "Good Man," had appeared on the We Were Soldiers soundtrack and India performed the tune at the 9-11 memorial concert. India said of the song: "It’s one of those songs that finds it own way. We Were Soldiers was 50% about the families and what goes on at home during the war, and the other 50% was what goes on on the battlefield. The song is about what it means to lose a loved one, the effect it can have on children and the person who’s left behind. It sounds like it’s directly related to September 11 but I didn’t really have the nerve to sit down and write a song for September 11. That song just found its own way."

October
button.gif (123 bytes) Voyage To India topped the Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart.
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Voyage To India was certified gold.

2003...

February
button.gif (123 bytes) India was nominated for a Soul Train Music Award for Female R&B/Soul Single ("Little Things").
button.gif (123 bytes) India portrayed Nina Simone on the NBC series
American Dreams.
button.gif (123 bytes) India won 2
Grammy Awards for Best Urban / Alternative Performance ("Little Things") and Best R&B Album (Voyage To India) and was also nominated for Best Pop Collaboration with Vocals ("The Christmas Song" with Stevie Wonder).

March
Conceptions: Musical Tribute To Stevie Wonderbutton.gif (123 bytes) India could be heard on the tribute compilation - Conceptions: Musical Tribute To Stevie Wonder - with "Wonderful."

May
button.gif (123 bytes) India could be heard on the soundtrack for American Dreams with "Come Ye."

June
button.gif (123 bytes) India won a BET Award for Best Female R&B Artist.

December
button.gif (123 bytes) Acoustic Soul was certified 2x platinum.

2004...

September
Shark Tale soundtrackbutton.gif (123 bytes) India could be heard on the soundtrack for Shark Tale with "Get It Together."

2005...

April
button.gif (123 bytes) India could be heard on the soundtrack for
Diary Of A Mad Black Woman with the track "Purify Me."

2006..

February
India.Arie - Testimony: Vol. 1, Life & Relationshipsbutton.gif (123 bytes) India was nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Pop Collaboration with Vocals ("A Time To Love" with Stevie Wonder from Wonder's LP, A Time To Love).
button.gif (123 bytes) India could be heard on Sergio Mendes' Timeless.

June
button.gif (123 bytes) India released her next LP Testimony: Vol. 1, Life & Relationships.


button.gif (123 bytes) India topped the Billboard 200 LP chart and Top R&B/Hip-Hop LP chart with
Testimony: Vol. 1, Life & Relationships - selling over 161,000 copies in the US its first week of release.

2007..

February
49th Grammy Awardsbutton.gif (123 bytes) India was nominated for 3 Grammy Awards for Best R&B Vocal Performance - Female and Best R&B Song (with Drew Ramsey and Shannon Sanders) (awarded to the songwriter) ("I Am Not My Hair"). and Best R&B Album (Testimony: Vol. 1, Life & Relationships).

2008..

February
Sex And The City soundtrackbutton.gif (123 bytes) India was nominated for a Grammy Award for Best R&B Song (awarded to the songwriter) ("Beautiful Flower" with Joyce Simpson).

May
button.gif (123 bytes) India could be heard on the soundtrack for
Sex & The City on the track "The Heart Of The Matter."

2009....

February
India.Arie - Testimony: Love & Politicsbutton.gif (123 bytes) India released Testimony: Love & Politics.
button.gif (123 bytes) India was nominated for a
Grammy Award for Best R&B Vocal Performance by a Duo or Group ("Words" with Anthony David).

2010...

February
button.gif (123 bytes) India won a Grammy Award for Best Urban / Alternative Performance ("Pearls" with Dobet Gnahore), and was nominated for Best R&B Vocal Performance by a Duo or Group ("Chocolate High" with Music Soulchild) and Best R&B Album (Testimony: Love & Politics).

2011..

February
India.Arie - 'Songversation'button.gif (123 bytes) India won a Grammy Award for Best Pop Collaboration with Vocals ("Imagine" with Herbie Hancock, Pink, Seal, Konono No 1, Jeff Beck and Oumou Sangare).

2013...

June
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2015...



LPs
India.Arie - Acoustic Soul Acoustic Soul
Released: March, 2001
US: 2x Platinum
Billboard peak: # 10
Tracks: "Video" - "Promises" - "Brown Skin" - "Strength, Courage & Wisdom" - "Nature" - "Back To The Middle" - "Ready For Love" - "Always In My Head" - "I See God In You" - "Simple" - "Part Of My Life" - "Beautiful"
India.Arie - Voyage To India
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Voyage To India
Released: September, 2002
US: Gold
Billboard peak: # 6
Tracks: "Growth" - "Little Things" - "Talk To Her" - "Slow Down" - "The Truth" - "Beautiful Surprise" - "Healing" - "Get It Together" - "Headed In The Right Direction" - "Can I Walk With You" - "The One" - "Complicated Melody" - "Gratitude" - "Good Man" - "God Is Real" - "Interested"
India.Arie - Testimony: Vol. 1, Life & Relationships Testimony: Vol. 1, Life & Relationships
Released: June, 2006
Billboard peak: # 1
Rolling Stone: 2 and 1/2 stars from Rolling Stone - Entertainment Weekly: B
Tracks: "Loving" (Intro) - "These Eyes" - "Heart Of The Matter" - "Good Morning" - "Private Party" - "There's Hope" - "Living" (Interlude) - "India's Song" - "Wings Of Forgiveness" - "Summer" - "I Am Not My Hair" - "Great Grandmother" (Interlude) - "Better People" - "Learning" (Outro) - "I Choose"
India.Arie - Testimony: Love & Politics
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Testimony: Love & Politics
Released: February, 2009
Billboard peak: # 3
Entertainment Weekly: C+
Tracks: "Intro - Grains" - "Therapy" - "Psalms 23" - "Chocolate High" - "He Heals Me" - "Interlude - Grains" - "Pearls" - "River Rise" - "Yellow" - "Better Way" - "Interlude - Grains" - "Long Goodbye" - "Ghetto" - "The Cure" - "Outro - Grains"
India.Arie - 'Songversation' Songversation
Released: June 25, 2013
Billboard peak: # 7
Tracks: "Soul Bird Intro" - "Just Do You" - "This Love" - "Nothing That I Love More" - "Flowers" - "Cocoa Butter" - "Soul Bird Interlude: Trombone" - "Moved By You" - "Life I Know" - "Break The Shell" - "Soul Bird Rise" - "Thy Will Be Done" - "Brother's Keeper" - "One" - "Soul Bird Outro: Clarinet" - "I Am Light"
India.Arie - 'Christmas With Friends'
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Christmas With Friends
Released: October 16, 2015
Tracks: "Let It Snow" - "Favorite Time Of Year" (with Tori Kelly) - "Silent Night" (with Brandy) - "Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas" (with Kem) - "Merry Christmas Baby" (with Michael McDonald) - "I've Got My Love To Keep Me Warm" (with Trombone Shorty) - "The Christmas Song" - "God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen" (with Khristian Dentley) - "Mary, Did You Know?" (with Gene Moore, Jr.) - "Auld Lang Syne" (with Kirk Whalum)
LINKS
POP SINGLES DISCOGRAPHY [based on The ARC Weekly Top 40 (listing explanation)
1 India.Arie - "Video" (Single)Video
Acoustic Soul
7 15 2002 [ LISTEN / BUY ]
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2 Peaceful World
[John Mellencamp featuring India.Arie]
John Mellencamp's Cuttin' Heads
21 7 2001 [ LISTEN / BUY ]
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  Little Things
Voyage To India
** ** 2002 [ LISTEN / BUY ]
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  Can I Walk With You
Voyage To India
** ** 2003 [ LISTEN / BUY ]
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  Purify Me
Diary Of A Mad Black Woman soundtrack
** ** 2005 [ LISTEN / BUY ]
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  I Am Not My Hair
Testimony: Vol. 1, Life & Relationships
** ** 2006 [ LISTEN / BUY ]
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  There's Hope
Testimony: Vol. 1, Life & Relationships
** ** 2006 [ LISTEN / BUY ]
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  Heart Of The Matter
Testimony: Vol. 1, Life & Relationships
** ** 2006 [ LISTEN / BUY ]
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  Beautiful Flower
digital single
** ** 2007 [ LISTEN / BUY ]
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  Chocolate High
[India.Arie featuring Musiq Soulchild]
Testimony: Love & Politics
** ** 2008 [ LISTEN / BUY ]
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  Therapy
Testimony: Love & Politics
** ** 2009 [ LISTEN / BUY ]
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