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On Acoustic Soul’s anchor tune, “Video,” India.Arie joyfully sings, “I’m not the average girl from your video” over a head-nodding groove; it’s a line that perfectly encapsulates her ethos and establishes the singer/songwriter as a confident counterpoint to the stereotypes of commercial R&B. But that theme reverberates throughout her debut’s laidback delivery, jazzy harmonies, and arrangements that evoke Carole King and Stevie Wonder. As Acoustic Soul makes clear, Arie is many things—prodigiously talented, vocally gifted, optimistic—but she’s definitely not average.

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This girl deserves so much more credit

I was so sad when she didn't win anything at the Grammy's, Alicia Keys came out at the same time and they were both nominated in the same categories and Alicia Keys took all of it home. I feel so bad for her because her music is so well written and musically beautiful, and she stuck to her roots. Where's Alicia Keys now, that's right, she conformed and her music isn't as great. Everytime I hear "Video," it makes me feel good, and don't even let me start with "Ready for Love," all I can say is WOW!!! She is trully amazing, I love people that are musicians and can sing well. Like John Mayer, Alicia Keys in her old days and India Arie. Overall, I love India Arie's music and I'm glad she's keepin it real and isn't given to peer pressure and norms of society.


Grammy's are nominated by calling up producers and asking them who they think should be nominated in the grammy's. From there I'm guessing probably more calls are just made to find the winner...$$$ Sigh....just makes it THAT much harder to find good music....


Born: October 03, 1975 in Denver, CO

Genre: R&B/Soul

Years Active: '00s, '10s

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...
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