India Arie

"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"

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-India Arie (age 40 as of 2016 and net worth- around 4.5 millions US dollars)

Four time Grammy award winning and 21 time Grammy nominated American singer, songwriter, producer , blogger and actress , India Arie is someone who has sold over 3.3 million records in US and 10 million worldwide. If you may, her name comes in the list of one of the most notable neo-classical soul artists of 2000's, thanks to her inspiring albums such as 2001's 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.

More precisely, she has garnered success in the genre in which immense recognition is a rare phenomenon. Still, she doesn't want to over commit herself or break out big rushing things and shadowing her roots and beliefs. She is known for taking years to prepare for her singing masterpieces that she derives from her life spiritual journey. 

She is famous for her natural distinct singing style and diverse range of songs including songs about Aids, Africa, Love, Courage, human feelings, and many more.

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 can play different musical instruments such as guitar, saxophone, baritone clarinet, French horn and trumpet , thanks to her interest in music since an early age. Nonetheless, she was also blessed to have Joyce not only as her loving mother but also as her singing and designing 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 with Ralph. Inspiringly, Joyce took the children to Georgia, Atlanta post her divorce with Ralph when India was a 13 year old.

One instrument that has inspired India the most is guitar. She mastered guitar while studying at Savannah College of Arts and Design. Interestingly, she developed immense emotional connection with guitar after mastering it, as it was the first instrument she could sing along with. Nonetheless, she also tuned her song writing 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 career in music. She felt confident at this point of time because of her childhood experience of singing in church's choir.

Amazingly, she collaborated with a group of local artist from Atlanta after forfeiting her academic study. The collaboration of the talented bunch led to the formation of the famous group called Groovement  under independent label Earthseed. The group later released a compilation album, which featured a song from India. After instant success of the compilation she began to perform gigs with the band. Ultimately, Motown records' music scout discovered her in1999 and the rest is history.  

Now moving on to her physique, the American singer of black ethnicity (diverse descendants such as Meende people of Sierra Leone, the Kru people of Liberia and the Fula people of Guina-Bissu) possesses an average tall height of 5 feet and 6 inches. Impressively, she posses a unique muscular hourglass shaped body of body measurements 36-25-32 inches. India Is someone who has written songs about woman empowerment and societal norms that make woman to think about being like a supermodel. India is totally confident of her looks and doesn't like to change anything. 

Talking about her relationship status, India has been dating American actor and comedia Chris Tucker since 2007, Prior to Chris, she dated American singer and songwriter Musiq Soulchild in 2002. Anyway, tabloids suggest that she has no children. Anyway, there are also reports that suggest that she has once gone through an engagement break-up situation.

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Last Modified : Mar 20 2016