Originally scheduled for May 9, India.Arie’s third album, “Testimony: Vol. 1, Life & Relationships,” will now arrive June 27 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.
After previewing tracks for members of the media yesterday (April 25) in New York, Arie performed three songs live, along with guitarist/vocalist Blue Miller of the Gibson-Miller Band. The pair has written several songs together.
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 said of the current 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 & Relationships” will be the follow-up to her 2002 album “Voyage to India,” which bowed at No. 6 on The Billboard 200 and has sold over 1 million copies in the United States, according to Nielsen SoundScan.
Here is the track listing for “Testimony: Vol. 1, Life & Relationships”:
“Wings Of Forgiveness”
“Summer,” featuring Rascal Flatts and Victor Wooten
“Heart of the Matter”
“I Am Not My Hair,” featuring Akon