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India Arie/Gramps Morgan 

When: Wed., Nov. 20, 8 p.m. 2013
Price: $29 ADV, $39 DOS
Grammy-winning and R&B favorite India.Arie returns from a self-imposed four-year break in her career with SongVersation, one of her strongest albums yet. Approaching her music from a more stripped down perspective, Arie encountered a spiritual awakening driving her songs to new internalized places. And so SongVersation shows this in moments of self-empowerment in tracks like "Just Do You" and in the smooth, tender imagery of "Cocoa Butter." Less complex than previous records, the direct approach of the album enables an honest conversation with the listener. Arie's whirlwind of a career went from being virtually unknown to double-platinum and seven Grammy nominations within the span of five years. "I needed to pull back from the public eye to ground myself and rebuild my life and career," Arie says on her website. The rebuilt Arie feels even more in touch with herself and spiritual devotion, and her songwriting is all the stronger for it. Opener Gramps Morgan appears on the reggae-influenced "Thy Will Be Done," an exciting track with catchy horn hooks and that signature reggae one-drop beat. (Stoops)


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