Singer-songwriter will support her seventh studio album with a national tour starting April 30.
Four-time Grammy Award winner India.Arie is back on the scene with Worthy. Released Feb. 15 through SoulBird/BMG, the project marks her first full-length album in five years.
But that doesn’t mean the singer-songwriter stopped making music during that time. In fact, India.Arie released two projects prior to Worthy: the 2017 EP SongVersation: Medicine (the follow-up to 2013’s full-length SongVersation) and the 2015 holiday set with good friend and late jazz great Joe Sample, Christmas With Friends.
“There’s been a few times when several years [have elapsed] between albums,” she says. “But I always make music. This time, however, it wasn’t like I was escaping.”
India.Arie is referencing the time she contemplated leaving the music industry, something she revealed during a 2013 interview with Oprah Winfrey while promoting SongVersation. She had decided to shelve Open Door, a still-unreleased collaboration with Israeli musician Idan Raichel, in October 2012. “I call that album college for me,” she says now. “Because in writing those songs, I said everything I wanted to say with no fear of being preachy; no fear of any of the stuff people kept telling me I needed to be careful of.”
Fast-forward to the aptly titled Worthy. Recorded in Nashville, which India.Arie currently calls home, the album finds the singer reuniting with executive producer Aaron Lindsey, longtime creative colleagues Shannon Sanders and Branden Burch plus new collaborators Joel Cross and Chuck Butler. Showcasing Arie’s ever-evolving and compelling perspectives on love, life and humanity, the 16-track set’s noteworthy selections include Caribbean-vibed first single “That Magic” (No. 6 peak on Adult R&B Songs), “Steady Love,” “In Good Trouble,” the title track and the inspirational “What If,” an emotion-packed tribute honoring social activists from past (Dr. Martin Luther King, Rosa Parks) to present (#MeToo).
Presently traveling the press promo circuit with performances on the Tom Joyner Morning Show (Feb. 15) and the Trumpet Awards (Feb. 17), plus a Feb. 28 guest stint on Good Morning America, India.Arie is also prepping for her 2019 Worthy Tour. The national trek launches April 30 and continues through June 9 in New York City. Additional dates will be announced in the coming weeks (SoulBird.com).