India Arie Simpson, better known as India Arie, is an American singer and songwriter born on October 3, 1975. Arie is a celebrated four-time Grammy award-winning artist whose career goes back to 1998. She’s a songbird who deserves celebrations daily. So, join us to celebrate her birthday today!
India Arie Simpson is a phenomenal singer and songwriter whose talents have not only endeared her to fans worldwide, but have also set her apart in the music industry. The singer was born on October 3, 1975, in Denver, Colorado. She is the daughter of Joyce, a former singer, and Ralph Simpson. Arie’s musical interests were encouraged by her parents. She is of African-American descent and has ties to Sierra Leone, Guinea-Bissau, and Liberia. She is a Libra by design and has two siblings. Her parents divorced when she was 13, and her mother then moved the family to Atlanta, Georgia. There, she attended Savannah College of Art and Design, Savannah, where she began to study songwriting and performing.
Arie signed with Universal/Motown records in 1999. In March 2001, she released her debut album “Acoustic Soul.” The album was successful, debuting at number three on the Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart and, after a few months, it was certified as Double Platinum by the RIAA, selling three million copies worldwide. She went on to release her second studio album, “Voyage to India,” in September 2002, which won the ‘Best R&B Album’ award at the 2003 Grammys. By 2006, Arie had brought out her third studio album, “Testimony: Vol. 1, Life & Relationship,” which earned her a ‘Gold Certification’ from the RIAA. After her fourth album, “Testimony: Vol. 2, Love & Politics,” was released in February 2009, it debuted at number two and three on the Billboard R&B and 200 charts, respectively. In 2010, Arie was one of the 70 artists that sang ‘We Are the World: 25 for Haiti’ in aid of the Haiti earthquake. Her fifth studio album, “Songversation,” came out in June 2013.
Arie uses her music to heal, incite change and inspire. She’s a talented singer and songwriter who has an impressive discography and an arsenal of awards, including four Grammys, two BET Awards, and four N.A.A.C.P. Image Awards. Contrary to her professional life, Arie’s personal life is under wraps. However, reports claim she dated Chris Rock over a decade ago, although Arie is presently single and has no kids.
Arie releases her debut studio album “Acoustic Soul.”
Her sophomore album “Journey to India” wins the ‘Best R&B Album Grammy’ award, and ‘Little Things’ from the album wins ‘Best Urban/Alternative Performance.’
She releases “Testimony: Vol. 1, Life & Relationship.”
Arie releases “Songversation.”
Why We Love India Arie
Arie’s music moves people to feel. Her voice is beautiful and ethereal, making it easy to be lured into loving.
She’s an activist
Arie uses her music for different purposes, including activism. From Hurricane Katrina to the George Floyd movement, she has lent her talents to different causes.
Arie has been open about her spirituality, and she amplifies it with different practices, including sound healing. Her spirituality is inspirational and evident in her music.
5 Surprising Facts
Arie has an unusual vetting technique
She revealed in an interview that if she got a tingling sensation in the left part of her body after meeting a man, she would date him, but if the sensation was on the right side of her body, she would reject him.
She hopes to find a husband
Arie hasn’t subscribed to the idea of being with someone every day, but she hopes someone will be worthy enough to change her mind.
She played Nina Simone
Arie portrayed Simone in “American Dreams.”
Her Grammy nominations
She has been nominated 23 times at the Grammys.
She’s done three headlining tours
Arie has had three headlining tours for four of her albums.
India Arie FAQs
Does India Arie write her own songs?
Yes, she authors and performs her own material.
Which genre does India Arie’s music belong to?
Arie’s music fuses the soul, neo-soul, and R&B genres.
Did India Arie and David Banner date?
No, the pair haven’t gone out on an official date together.
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