India Arie went from “singing under a tree in the park” to the Grammy Awards stage in five years, earning seven nominations for her 2001 double-platinum debut Acoustic Soul featuring her first hit single “Video.” But despite 21 Grammy nominations, four Grammys and 10 million albums sold worldwide, something was wrong.
“I realized I had to seize the chance to make the career and life I wanted, not accepting what others wanted me to do. So I decided to retire, asking God to show me where I am supposed to be.”
Music did eventually come back into her life through a series of vulnerable songs she began writing for a self-funded new project called Open Door. “It’s about not having anything to prove except to simply express myself because it’s who I am—not as a means to an end. Chasing that and topping that is not me. It’s about being more me in both my life and career.”
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