Important 'Testimony'

India.Arie's third album, "Testimony: Vol. 1, Life & Relationship," arrives this week via Universal Motown.

India.Arie's third album, "Testimony: Vol. 1, Life & Relationship," arrives this week via Universal Motown. The project features guest appearances from a diverse group of artists, including R&B vocalist Akon, superstar country act Rascal Flatts and Bela Fleck and the Flecktones bassist Victor Wooten.

As the album's title attests, the disc revolves around self-love and relationships. Arie says she originally hoped to name the album "India'Song" but couldn't due to legal issues. "'Testimony' is like the emphatic [release] of your experiences and how God has blessed you," she says of the new title. "It's very much symbolic of what I've been going through for the past year putting this project together."

In addition to playing the guitar, Arie has also added the piano to her repertoire. "I had to try really hard to have the courage to try something new," she said.

"Testimony: Vol. 1, Life & Relationship" is the follow-up to her 2002 album "Voyage to India," which bowed at No. 6 on The Billboard 200 and has sold more than 1 million copies in the United States, according to Nielsen SoundScan.