When singer-songwriter India.Arie emerged in 2001, her debut album Acoustic Soul went double platinum. Her music and her influence continued to gain momentum over the next decade. Since her debut, she’s earned 21 Grammy nominations, won four Grammys and sold 10 million albums worldwide.
In 2009, feeling boxed in by expectations of the music industry, she confronted herself and asked: Who am I? To learn the answer, she decided to take a self-imposed hiatus.
Four years later, she has re-emerged with a new album and a new sense of who she is as an artist.
Arie talks with NPR’s Neal Conan about the tension between the act and artist and plays songs from her forthcoming album SongVersation.