Breakthrough R&B/soul artist Indie.Arie has set a Sept. 24 release date for her sophomore Motown album, "Voyage to India." First single "Little Things" debuts tomorrow (Aug. 2) on AOL Music's Firs
Breakthrough R&B/soul artist Indie.Arie has set a Sept. 24 release date for her sophomore Motown album, "Voyage to India." First single "Little Things" debuts tomorrow (Aug. 2) on AOL Music's First Listen program but will only be available until Sunday. The track is due to hit U.S. radio outlets Monday; a video will be shot later this month. "Voyage to India" was co-produced by Arie with Shannon Sanders.
Although the full tracklist is not yet confirmed, "Voyage to India" will 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." Says Arie of the single, "[it's about] the biggest lesson I learned in the past year: to appreciate the little things in life. The song won't be like what some people expect from me. There's no guitar, but lots of world drums and Wurlitzer sounds."
Arie's tour in support of the set will kick off Oct. 17 in an as-yet-undetermined North American city and is expected to run through Christmas. For now, the only dates on her schedule are an Aug. 14 show at New York's Bryant Park Grille and an Aug. 21 appearance at Seattle's Summer Nights at the Pier series. Arie will also present an award at the 8th annual Soul Train Lady of Soul Awards, to be handed out Aug. 24 in Pasadena, Calif. The artist is up for best solo R&B/soul single for the track "Brown Skin," from her debut "Acoustic Soul."
That set earned Arie seven Grammy nominations, including best new artist and album of the year, but she went home empty handed at this year's ceremony. "Acoustic Soul" 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.
As previously reported, Arie is among the judges for the second U.S. Shortlist prize, to be awarded Oct. 29 in Los Angeles.