R&B/soul starlet India.Arie has begun lining up a fall tour in support of her sophomore Motown album, "Voyage to India." Thus far, 22 dates have been finalized, beginning Oct. 19 in Columbus, Ohio
R&B/soul starlet India.Arie has begun lining up a fall tour in support of her sophomore Motown album, "Voyage to India." Thus far, 22 dates have been finalized, beginning Oct. 19 in Columbus, Ohio. She will also make an appearance at San Francisco's Now & Zen Festival on Sept. 22 at Golden Gate Park. Train and the Wallflowers are also slated to perform at the radio-sponsored afternoon event, sponsored by local radio outlet KLLC.
Due Sept. 24, "Voyage to India" is led by the single "Little Things." The track can currently be streamed via Arie's officialWeb site, and was just recently serviced to U.S. radio stations for airplay consideration.
As previously reported, "Voyage to India" will also feature such songs as "Afraid of the Dark," "Can I Walk With You," and "Good Man," the latter of which previously appeared on the soundtrack to "We Were Soldiers."
Arie's debut effort, "Acoustic Soul," earned the artist seven Grammy nominations, including best new artist and album of the year, but she went home empty handed from this year's ceremony. The album debuted at No. 3 on Billboard's Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart and No. 10 on The Billboard 200, and has sold 1.65 million copies in the U.S., according to Nielsen SoundScan.
If the success of the first album created any special pressure for Arie, she isn't showing it. "The thought crossed my mind about not wanting to alienate my fan base, but I don't know what would alienate them or bring them in, so I decided not to think about it," she tells Billboard.com of the new album. "I made a conscious decision when I was recording 'Acoustic Soul' to -- and this is one of my mantras -- follow the music and let the chips fall where they may. That's what I did with this album. It would have been way too much to try to live up to some expectations when I don't even know what they are."
Here are India.Arie's tour dates:
Sept. 22: San Francisco (Now & Zen Festival)
Oct. 19: Columbus, Ohio (Veterans Memorial Auditorium)
Oct. 20, 21: Chicago (Chicago Theater)
Oct. 23: Boston (Orpheum Theater)
Oct. 24: New York (The Theater at Madison Square Garden)
Oct. 25: Washington, D.C. (DAR Constitution Hall)
Oct. 26: Upper Darby, Pa. (Tower Theater)
Oct. 27: Canton, Ohio (Palace Theater)
Oct. 30: New Haven, Conn., (Palace Theater)
Oct. 31: Cincinnati (Convention Center)
Nov. 1: Atlanta (The Atrium)
Nov. 2: Newark, N.J. (New Jersey Performing Arts Center)
Nov. 3: Pittsburgh (Heinz Hall)
Nov. 6: Norfolk, Va. (Chrysler Hall)
Nov. 8: Charlotte, N.C. (Ovens Auditorium)
Nov. 9: Atlanta (Atlanta Civic Center Theater)
Nov. 10: Nashville (Ryman Auditorium)
Nov. 13: Memphis (Orpheum Theater)
Nov. 14: New Orleans (Saenger Theater)
Nov. 15: Houston (H'Town's Arena Theater)
Nov. 19: Phoenix (Celebrity Theater)
Nov. 21: Oakland (Paramount Theater)