Her musical skills were encouraged by both parents in her younger years. Her mother is a former singer she was signed to Motown as a teenager and opened for Stevie Wonder and Al Green  and is now her stylist. It was a direct result of writing songs", she said at the press release of her debut album, Acoustic Soul. Arie resides in Atlanta, Georgia. Musical career[ edit ] Arie released her debut album Acoustic Soul on March 27, The album was met with positive reviews and commercial success.
Within months, without the concentrated radio airplay that typically powers pop and rap albums, Acoustic Soul was certified double platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America RIAA , selling 2,, copies in the U. While Arie and the album were nominated for seven Grammy awards in , they won no awards, losing in five of seven categories to Alicia Keys.
She closed the ceremony with a performance of her song " Video ". Arie followed the success of her debut on September 24, with the release of Voyage to India. The album was certified gold in August , selling , in US and 1,, worldwide. Arie performed a duet with singer Anthony David for his song " Words " for his album Acey Duecy. Her next album, Testimony: It debuted at No. Within this CD, Arie collaborated with such artists as Sezen Aksu , Keb Mo , Gramps Morgan and Musiq Soulchild to fulfill her self-proclaimed desire to "do projects with people who are making music that is meaningful, with a lot of integrity and a lot of sonic diversity".
Arie also identified this CD as her first to write and sing songs without worrying about public opinion after a much-needed vacation to Hawaii. The album was her first produced and released after her departure from Motown to Universal Records. Arie is one of over 70 artists singing on " We Are the World: The song also features Yo-Yo Ma on cello.
The first single of the album, "6th Avenue", was released on iTunes on November 4, ; it was produced by India Arie and Israeli musician Idan Raichel. The second single "Cocoa Butter" was released on iTunes on April 9, She also announced a new album titled Worthy was in the works.
Medicine on June She expressed that the EP was "made to be listened to in a quiet time, prayer, meditation, Yoga. My wish is that these songs bring softness, clarity, calm, and inspiration.