Born on October 3, 1975, in Denver Colorado to singer Joyce and professional basketball player Ralph Simpson as the younger one out of their two children, India developed a talent to play different musical instruments such as guitar, saxophone, baritone clarinet, French horn, and trumpet. She was able to excel because of her interest in music from an early age. She was also blessed to have Joyce not only as her loving mother but also as her singing and life mentor.
Joyce, who is now India's stylist, has been a source of inspiration for India. It was Joyce who took care of the children after her divorce from Ralph. Joyce took the children to Georgia, Atlanta after her divorce from Ralph when India was 13 years old. One instrument that has inspired India the most is the guitar. She mastered guitar while studying at Savannah College of Arts and Design. She developed an immense emotional connection with the guitar after mastering it, as it was the first instrument she could sing along with. She also developed her songwriting skills while at Savannah College of Arts and Design.
Soon after realizing her musical prowess, she decided to forfeit her jewelry designing course at Savannah to pursue a career in music. She felt confident at this point in time because of her childhood experience of singing in the church's choir. She collaborated with a group of local artists from Atlanta after forfeiting her academic studies. The collaboration of the talented bunch led to the formation of the famous group called Groovement under the independent label known as Earthseed. The group later released a compilation album, which featured a song from India. After the instant success of the compilation, she began to perform gigs with the band. Eventually, Motown Records' music scout discovered her in 1999 and the rest was history for the talented singer.
Four time Grammy award winning and 21 times Grammy nominated American singer, songwriter, and actress, India Arie is a talented singer who has sold over 3.3 million records in the US and 10 million worldwide. Her name is etched in the list of one of the most notable neo-classical soul artists of the 2000's, thanks to her inspiring albums such as her 2001 platinum debut Acoustic Soul, 2006's gold certified Voyage to India and other hit albums such as Testimony: Vol.1, Life and Relationship, Testimony, Vol.2, Love & Politics, Songvesation and Christmas with Friends.
She has garnered success in the genre in which immense recognition is a rare phenomenon. Still, she doesn't try to commit herself or shadow her roots and beliefs. She is known for taking years to prepare for the singing masterpieces that she derives from her life long spiritual journey. She is famous for her natural distinct singing style and diverse range of songs including songs about AIDS, Africa, love, courage, and human emotions. Through her career, India has been able to develop a net worth of around 4.5 million dollars
In regards to her physique, the American singer of black ethnicity has come from diverse roots such as the Meende people of Sierra Leone, the Kru people of Liberia and the Fula people of Guina-Bissu. She possesses an average tall height of 5 feet and 6 inches. India Is someone who has written songs about women empowerment and societal norms that make women think about more body types than just being like a supermodel. India is totally confident in her looks and doesn't want to change anything. One of her song lyrics is "I'm not the average girl from your video and I ain't built like a supermodel but I learned to love myself unconditionally because I am a queen"
Talking about her relationship status, India has been dating American actor and comedian Chris Tucker since 2007. Prior to her romance with Chris, she dated American singer and songwriter Musiq Soulchild in 2002. She currently has no children.
|Birth Date:||3 Oct, 1975|
|Citizenship:||United States of America|
|Education:||Savannah College of Art and Design|
|Description:||American singer-songwriter, guitarist, and flautist|
|Net Worth 2020:||4.5 million|
|Net Worth 2021:||5 million|