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Editors’ Notes

“I’m not the average girl from your video/My worth is not determined by the price of my clothes.” Remember when India.Arie burst on to the scene with these words? Remember how she, with her generous bod and unlikely persona, exploded the myth of the perfect woman so prevalent in the ’90s? India’s debut, Acoustic Soul, introduced a performer so fully formed, so confident, so at peace with herself that she couldn’t be denied. And you sure can’t deny Acoustic Soul’s subtle soulfulness and understated beauty. Sing it girl, loud and proud!

Customer Reviews


This music came into my life at moment I needed it. It gave me something to sing to and someone to look up to. When I was to go one way or the other in life. This album helped me find courage. Just keep believing in life, you and others the rest will fall into place. India's amazing as a person and as an artist. This is truly an inspiring album. When I listen to it, it makes me look at the person I am, who I'd like to be, and I know I should be, and all the things I've missed out on because of fear.

Soul... It's Neccesary.

What other album has made me think of how I treat others, how I am treated, and how I treat myself? Only a few.. (Thank you Stevie, Amel, Mos Def, Candi Staton, Etta & the Bee Gees... etc) India Arie Is STRONG in voice, character, & communication. ( & I haven't even met the lady!?!) Proof that having the courage of just being yourself is enough. Thank you.. Micheled_

Back to the Middle

This album is awesome; each and every song is perfection. Try Promises and Back to the Middle; then listen to them all. India Arie transends this world.


Born: October 3, 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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