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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.


Born: 03 October 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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