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If ARETHA FRANKLIN is the queen of soul then ANGIE STONE must be a princess of sorts ever since she hit the scene she more than most has carved out a niche for herself and her brand of music of which is so richly covered in soul music. Angela Laverne Brown on December 1961 after earning her stripes singing in church, in the 80,s she joined the group THE SEQUENCE (she was known as ANGIE B then ) the group had minor success. ANGIE continued to collaborate with of artist and sing backup for the likes of

LENNY KRAVITZ and MONTRONIX .In the 90,s she continued to work even releasing an album as part of the group DEVOX feat ANGIE B STONE of which had limited release all the while she was building her  reputation as a singer and writer. During the 90,s she met and worked with the one and only    D`Angelo, working with him on his first two albums BROWN SUGAR and VOODOO. When the 90,s were drawing to an end ANGIE STONE signed to ARISTA records CLIVE DAVIS label and the album BLACK DIAMOND was born .BOY! I can’t tell you how much I enjoyed that album for soul music was becoming too predictable and required and injection true not all of it was, there where many artist that where still pioneering the cause as I like to think of it, but GANGSTA RAP was beginning to take hold and many started to label it soul music of sorts. Against that back drop BLACK DIAMOND burst on to the scene and the world said whoa “ANGIE STONE” it was all worth it she had come so far and the rewards were justified in a wonderful blend of soul music  that you could only enjoy. That album went GOLD so did the following one MAHOGONY SOUL in 2001 and STONE LOVE 2004 much of Angie stones work features sampling but  it’s done in such a way she has always show respect for the music it was taken from and yet added to to it, refining it in a way that made it her own then passed it to younger and older ears much to our delight .This allows those who missed such classic s such as GLADYS KNIGHT ,NEITHER ONE OF US to here it again in ANGIE  STONES  song  NO MORE RAIN and then  go back and listen to the music it was taken from yet love angie as an orignal artist . This is what true music does as well as inspiring to look forward it should cause its listen to look back and reflect in order to learn a move further forward .Angie stone music has always done this in my opinion she possesses a rich strong vocal that doesn’t require much effort to be appreciated .As well as a sing



er songwriter she has acted appearing in the movie FIGHTING TEMPTATION and also featuring on the song TIME TO COME HOME of which she teamed up with the lovely MELBA MOORE  and  BEYONCE KNOWLES she has also appeared  on TV sitcoms MOESHA and GIRLFIRENDS( of which she sings the theme). The world needs strong beautiful soulful artist, and ANGIE STONE fits that mold but make no mistake this woman could easily fit into any mold. In 2006 she released THE ART OF LOVE & WAR feeling like her career had stalled she chose to join a reformed STAX records and all seems to be lokking well yet only time will tell and is still an album I like to play. By CW All rights  reserved.









For three decades, vocalist Angie Stone has been surprising audiences, critics, peers and the music industry itself.  Born and raised in the Southern gospel tradition – while at the same time absorbing the gritty and impassioned anthems generated by soul icons of the 1960s – Stone has since mapped a life-long journey that encompasses rap, neo-soul, hip-hop, R&B, jazz and more. Along the way, attempts to pin her down according to this category or that movement have been challenging if not impossible. With each new recording, with each next step in her career, she has consistently hit the world with something it didn’t see coming.Her new album’s title, Unexpected, (her second for legendary soul music label Stax), a suggestion of surprises waiting within the album’s twelve tracks, comes with a double meaning. Without question, it’s a diverse mix of styles and colors, almost always upbeat and forward thinking. The unwavering sense of determination at its core, though, was actually forged by a heartbreaking turn of events.“I wanted this album to be something different,” says Stone, whose 2007 Stax debut, The Art of Love & War, was her first album to top the Billboard R&B/hip-hop chart. Despite that prior success, she pressed forward in her ongoing search for new avenues to explore and new worlds to conquer. “I didn’t want to make the kind of neo-soul record I had made in the past. That would have been repetitive.”But mid-way through the recording process, Stone’s father passed away very suddenly. “It was totally u 


nexpected,” she says, “and that’s where I came up with the title of the album. I really didn’t think I could finish the project, because I was so grief stricken.”Stone, a woman of unshakable faith, persevered. “Someone told me, ‘Either this is going to be your best year or your worst year. You have to channel that grief into which of those two things you want it to be,’” she recalls. “I had to do a lot of the vocals a second time. I had to lean on my dad’s wisdom and energy, and try to be open to what he would have wanted me to do in order to finish the songs. I can say that his spirit was literally there in the studio with me, and I’m grateful for that.”The spiritual connection was nothing new for Stone, whose earliest exposure to the power of music was via her father’s gospel quartet in her native South Carolina. Along with the sounds of the church, Stone gravitated to the music of Aretha Franklin, Ann Peebles, Marvin Gaye, Curtis Mayfield and other prominent soul and R&B figures of the 1960s and early ‘70s. While still in high school, she formed The Sequence, a female rap trio that also featured Gwendolyn Chisholm and Cheryl Cook. The group recorded two LPs for the Sugarhill label in the early ‘80s, and charted with hits like “Funk You Up,” “Funky Sound” and “I Don’t Need Your Love.”Still very young but also very ambitious, Stone was ultimately looking for something more. “Rap was just starting to break into the mainstream at that time, and everyone was grabbing onto it,” she recalls. “But I knew early on that I didn’t want to be a rapper all my life, because I had been a singer up to that point.” 


In the early ‘90s, she joined Vertical Hold, a project that veered away from rap and more toward melodic neo-soul. “Vertical Hold trained my ears to harmonize a little bit better,” says Stone. “After I had left the gospel environment of my teenage years, I had lost a little ground in terms of harmony, but Vertical Hold was a band of very talented musicians. All of them had great ears and were able to help me condition my voice.”After struggling to launch a solo career in the States, Stone headed for Europe, where audiences were more receptive. A meeting with Arista producer Clive Davis eventually resulted in the 1999 release of Black Diamond, her first solo album in the U.S. Two subsequent albums – Mahogany Soul (2001) and Stone Love (2004), both on J-Records – charted well, but her momentum slowed when she developed sarcoidosis, a disease that attacks the upper respiratory system. “There were times when I could barely breathe,” she says. “I was taking steroids just so I could get air into my nose and my lungs. But my career never took a back seat to my health problems. I was going to stay alive because I knew that’s what God had planned for me.”The hiatus was relatively brief. With her health issues under control, she joined the Stax label and released The Art of Love & War in 2007. Stone wrote nearly all of the music on the album, which showcased the full spectrum of her vocal range.Two years later, Unexpected represents a giant step forward for Stone, a stretch beyond whatever limits – real or perceived – she might have been facing when the project began. From the get-go, the quick and funky title track warns the listener to “Prepare yourself for just about anything.” Listen closely to this opener for shades of “Family Affair,” the 1971 hit by Sly Stone, the funk icon who wrote the book on surprises.

 I t been a while but angie stone has been throwing us some new material and new album is coming entitled RICH GIRL

from angie stone website

Atlanta, GA (May 29, 2012) --- In a triumphant return to her trademark neo-soul, Grammy nominated singer/songwriter Angie Stone releases a new single this week, “Do What U Gotta Do,” kicking it off with a party in Los Angeles sponsored by legendary R&B radio station KJLH. The first track off of Stone’s upcoming album, Rich Girl, (due September 25th on SRR Records),

“Do What U Gotta Do” is seductive mix of groove, guitars and an irresistible sing-along chorus.

Written specifically for Angie by Y’anna Crawley (winner of BET talent competition Sunday Best), the empowering “Do What U Gotta Do” sets the tone for the entire Rich Girl album. “It jump-started my brain,” says Stone, “I was excited and gave me a whole new outlook on what I was doing. It started the record both literally and inspirationally.” The strong lyrics resonated deeply with Stone, who explains, “It was telling me to keep my head up, saying ‘you can make it and do what you gotta do,’ giving me the beginning of the new album and the resolve to make it into something beyond anything I had ever done before.”

Angie Stone has been nominated for three Grammy

 Awards, two Soul Train Lady of Soul Awards, and has released four Top 10 R&B albums (with her The Art of Love & War going all the way to number one). An acclaimed songwriter, her work has been recorded by Alicia Keys, Erykah Badu, Raphael Saadiq, Musiq (Soulchild) and many more.


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