India Arie is a famous actress, guitarist and record producer who dedicates her life to the greatest passion of her life: music. In today’s text, we are going to learn more about her life, her career and personal life.
Besides that, we will touch on the subject of her net worth and earnings.
India Arie Simpson, known simply as India Arie in the artistic medium, is a singer and songwriter who was born on October 3, 1975, in Denver, Colorado, United States.
Since her debut in 2001, she has become a visionary of R & B and soul, consolidating her musical career as one of the most important and influential artists of her genre.
India Arie enters the musical field with genres such as R & B and soul.
However, with her artistic growth he began to incorporate other sounds from blues, neo soul, indie and alternative music into her compositions. Taking advantage of her own sensitivity, the singer has written her own songs, taking as inspiration their emotions and personal experiences.
On the other hand, her biggest influence comes from her mother, a soul singer who inspired and encouraged her passion for music. In the same way, he admires the musical work of Bill Withers, Stevie Wonder and Roberta Flack, who determined a great part of her musical style.
Born in Denver and raised under the bosom of a humble family, as the daughter of a professional basketball player named Ralph Simpson and a former soul singer nicknamed Joyce, the artist remembers the best moments of her childhood. At the age of 13, India Arie moved to Atlanta with her family in search of a better quality of life.
While she was in high school, the interpreter began playing the guitar and participating in various musical events at her school. Persistently, he developed musical skills for singing and composition during her early life, joining the choir of the local church.
In turn, he learned to play other musical instruments such as the saxophone, baritone clarinet, trumpet and flute, demonstrating to have great innate abilities for such instruments.
He completed her university studies at Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD), where he formalized several semesters in the career of Design of Jewels.
However, her willingness to be involved in the music led her to reveal herself and abandon her higher education to build a musical career.
After taking her first steps in music together with the musical group Groovement and editing her first songs with the independent record label EarthShare. She later attracted the interest of major record labels, including Motown Records, a company dedicated to African-American music with whom she signed a contract in 1998.
With absolute control of the artistic direction of her music, the performer formalizes her musical career in the year 2001, with the release of their first album “Acoustic Soul”, in which sounds such as soul, blues, folk and hip hop are audaciously combined.
The ingenious thing about this record is that it refers to the classic sound of 70s soul singer-songwriters and shows the acoustic guitar sound as the dominant instrument, in this context, the album has enough melodic variety to maintain interest.
The main single of the disc is titled “Video”, a subject that had a great repercussion in the musical scene and that got to stand out in the main radial circuits of the United States.
This was also followed by the release of other equally important topics such as “Strength, Courage & Wisdom” and “Brown Skin”. After her excellent debut, the album was consolidated in the 10th position of the list of best albums of Billboard 200.
In addition, he managed to be in third place in the list of best-selling R & B albums that same year. After a few months, “Acoustic Soul” received the double platinum certification from the RIAA, thanks to the great escalation in the music market.
To complete her success, India Arie received seven Grammy nominations in 2002, in the category of “Best Record of the Year”, which prompted the singer to a widespread artistic prominence across the country.
At the time of its debut, the album topped the R & B, hip hop and soul charts of the Billboard 200. Consecutively, with its musical work India Arie earned three Grammy Award nominations in 2002, winning specifically in the categories “Best R & B Album”, thanks to the song “I Am Not My Hair”.
He also received an award as “Best Pop Collaboration” for her participation in the song “The Imagine Project” with Herbie Hancock. After winning in the “Best Urban / Alternative Performance” section. For its part, the theme Get It Together appeared in many movie soundtracks, including “Brown Suga” and “Shark Tale”, both released in 2004.
The album sold more than two million copies in its first week of release. Its success was manifested in a short time with a Platinum certification, granted by the Association of the Recording Industry of America (RIAA), fact that reinforced the reputation of India Arie as one of the best singers and composers of its kind.
In 2006 the singer performed Testimony: Vol. 1, Life & Relationships her third studio album composed of 16 songs. The concept of the album is focused on a personal search of the singer about life, exploring some of the deepest aspects of feelings such as love, indifference, infidelity and forgiveness, with ambitious lyrics that have great sound richness.
Her fourth record is titled Testimony: Vol. 2, Love & Politics a material that served as a follow-up to her previous record. This volume continues to portray life lessons through the healing power of music, but with more perspective. As far as its concept, the disc represents faithfully the true I of India Arie, since in him it reflected each one of its feelings and thoughts without reserves, showing its true essence.
Later, he released “Songsversation” as her fifth record project, in 2013. The album stands out for containing 16 instrumental musical pieces, which includes as protagonists sounds of instruments like trombone, guitar and clarinet, giving a new approach to soul music modern “Just Do You” is the main theme of the album, followed by “This Love” and “Flower”, themes that highlight all the glory of neo-soul.
According to India Arie the reason for her inspiration on this occasion was “The life I know”, terms she herself expressed. In general, he managed to sell almost a million copies a few weeks after her debut. In addition to reaching the top of several major music billboards in the United States and United Kingdom.
India Arie is an artist willing to take risks and a sample of it is her sixth album called “Christmas with Friends”, published in 2015, under the support of the labels Motown Records and Soulbird Music. This is a Christmas collaborative album, which featured the voice of American pianist Joe Sample.
The album appeared in several musical lists at international level, where it reached its maximum point after staying for several consecutive weeks in the first place. This material is considered as the most mature and consistent project of the artist throughout her musical career.
Showing that she is an artist who is not afraid to broaden her horizons, as music is about, besides being seen as one of the most influential, determinant and avant-garde of its genre.
In 2017 he released “Songsversation: Medicine”, an EP that came to the music market as an extended version of her previous album “Songsversation”. This material is composed of six songs, among which “I Am Light”, “Light of the Holy Spirit” and “Life is good” stand out. The theme that inspires this disc is the spiritual healing, for that reason, many cataloged it as food for the soul that relieves the interior.
India’s net worth is estimated at around 4.5$ million. Most of the net worth comes from her music and her performances.
India is not yet married yet but she does share photos with her boyfriend on her social media. Since the 2007, she has been dating Chris Tucker but many linked her to Musiq Soulchild.
As she said in one of her interviews, she doesn’t think about having kids and probably will never do.
Full name: India Arie
Date of birth: October 3, 1975
Birthplace: Denver, Colorado, United States
Height: 1.70 m
Net Worth: $4.5 million