India.Arie is an American soul, R&B, and neo soul singer, songwriter, record producer, guitarist, and flautist.
She absorbed musical skills early in life as she was encouraged by both parents. Arie had taken up a succession of musical instruments throughout her schooling in Denver, but her interest in the guitar while attending the Savannah College of Art and Design, in Savannah, led to a personal revelation about songwriting and performing. "When I started tapping into my own sensitivity, I started to understand people better. It was a direct result of writing songs", she said at the press release of her debut album, Acoustic Soul.
After all, her 2001 debut album, Acoustic Soul, which earned her seven Grammy nominations and sold more than two million copies, announced that an artist who is unafraid to speak her mind had entered the music scene.
India continues to make good on that promise. Testimony… explores relationships with the honesty, depth and vulnerability that she has made her hallmark. Floating on hypnotic rhythms and delicate melodies, the album travels a journey from heartbreak to acceptance to transcendence, and communicates all the personal wisdom gathered along the way. The title of the album’s centerpiece sums it up: This is “India’Song,” the latest chapter of what she intends to be her “great, big body of work.”