India.Arie is an American singer-songwriter, actress, musician, and record producer. A studied songwriter and guitar player rooted in the soul and blues of the past, as well as in positive-minded contemporary hip-hop. Her music is very inspirational.
India is among a small class of post-millennial R&B artists more likely to cite and recall the likes of Bill Withers and Roberta Flack than almost any given artist playlisted by urban contemporary radio stations. Arie entered with Acoustic Soul (2001), an album that carried on the tradition of introspective, additive-resistant singer/songwriter soul.
Involvement in the Atlanta music scene led to the formation of an artist's collective called Groovement and an independent label, EarthShare, which released a compilation featuring the first songs credited to India.Arie. A second-stage slot on the 1998 Lilith Fair tour garnered interest from major labels, including Motown, which signed Arie after guaranteeing her artistic control.