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Angie Stone

Angie Stone performing live at the North Sea Jazz Festival in Rotterdam, Netherlands, on July 11, 2008
Background information
Birth name Angela Laverne Brown
Born December 18, 1961 (1961-12-18) (age 48)[citation needed]
Columbia, South Carolina, United States
Genres R&B, soul, neo soul
Occupations Singer-songwriter, keyboardist, record producer, actress
Instruments Singing, keyboards
Years active 1979–present
Labels Arista, J, Stax
Associated acts The Sequence, Vertical Hold, Mantronik, Devox, Joss Stone, Anthony Hamilton
Website www.angiestoneonline.net

Angie Stone (born Angela Laverne Brown on December 18, 1961) is an American R&B and soul singer-songwriter, keyboardist, record producer, and occasional actress.

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Biography

Stone was born in Columbia, South Carolina, where she began singing gospel music at First Nazareth Baptist Church, under the leadership of Reverend Blakely N. Scott.

She has a daughter and son. Her daughter Diamond (born 1984) is from her marriage to Rodney Stone (also known as Lil' Rodney C!, from the hip hop group Funky Four Plus One). Diamond contributed background vocals to her 2007 song "Baby",[1] and gave birth to Stone's grandson in 2008. During the 1990s Stone dated neo soul singer D'Angelo. Their son Michael was born in 1998. Stone is engaged to an airline auditor named Ashanti, who has two children of his own.[2]

Musical career

In the early 1980s, Stone (then known as Angie B.) was a member of The Sequence, a female hip hop/funk trio. They had a hit in 1980 with "Funk You Up", which reached number fifteen on the U.S. Top Black Singles chart, and a minor hit with "Monster Jam" featuring rapper Spoonie Gee. She then worked with Mantronix, before singing background on Lenny Kravitz's fifth studio album, 5.

Stone emerged during the 1990s as part of the R&B trio Vertical Hold which released the popular single "Seems You're Much Too Busy" as well as two albums: A Matter of Time (1993) and Head First (1995).

In 1996, she teamed up with Gerry DeVeaux (Lenny Kravitz's cousin) and together with Charlie Mole they formed Devox. They recorded one album, Devox Featuring Angie B. Stone. Released in Japan only by Toshiba EMI, it included Stone-penned material.

Stone shared songwriting credits on D'Angelo's first two studio albums, Brown Sugar (1995) and Voodoo (2000), as well as providing backing vocals on tour with him.

Her solo debut album, Black Diamond, was released on September 28, 1999 on Arista Records; the album would eventually be certified gold by the RIAA. She has since also released, on Clive Davis' J Records, Mahogany Soul on October 16, 2001 (which also went gold), and Stone Love on July 6, 2004.

Much of Stone's solo material has significant soul influences and features notable samples. For example, her first solo single, "No More Rain (In This Cloud)" samples Gladys Knight & the Pips' 1972 song "Neither One of Us (Wants to Be the First to Say Goodbye)", while "Wish I Didn't Miss You" samples The O'Jays' 1972 song "Back Stabbers".

Stone sings the theme song for the UPN/The CW's sitcom Girlfriends.

During an interview to BBC 1Xtra on August 27, 2006, Stone announced that she had signed to the reworked Stax Records. Her fourth studio album |- The Art of Love & War was released on October 15, 2007. The lead single is "Baby" and features Betty Wright. Its music video features cameo appearances by comedian Mike Epps and America's Next Top Model, Cycle 3 winner Eva Pigford. The song was nominated for Best R&B Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocals at the 2008 Grammy Awards.

Angie released her fifth studio album titled "Unexpected" in the UK on February 8, 2010 on Stax Records. Speaking to noted UK R&B writer Pete Lewis of the award-winning Blues & Soul in January 2010, she explained her ideas behind 'Unexpected': "Being as I've delivered four decent albums already, I felt it was safe to switch up and do something different this time. And musically overall I just wanted to have FUN! I wanted to do something that embodied a jam kinda feel, so that we could have some fun in concert and show people everything doesn't always have to be so serious."[3]

Tours

Stone recently finished a stand-up theatre play tour entitled Issues: We've Got Them All in which she had a leading role. She appeared on the VH1's reality television series Celebrity Fit Club for the fourth season, which began on August 6, 2006. While on the show, Stone lost eighteen pounds, the second lowest loss in the history of the show.

Stone has had various Summer Festival dates lined up across America and also three headlining American shows in June and another two in the Netherlands in August.

Stone toured with Sisters in the Spirit in 2007; toured in Europe in May/June 2008; toured on various Summer Festivals in the U.S. in summer 2008 (including three headlining June shows); and two in the Netherlands in August 2008.

Discography

Albums

Year Album Peak positions Sales and certifications
U.S. U.S. R&B
1999 Black Diamond 46 9
  • U.S. Sales: 500,000+ (Gold)
2001 Mahogany Soul
  • 2nd studio album
  • Released: October 16, 2001
22 4
  • U.S. Sales: 500,000+ (Gold)
2004 Stone Love
  • 3rd studio album
  • Released: June 24, 2004
14 4
  • U.S. Sales: 200,000+
2005 Stone Hits: The Very Best of Angie Stone
  • Compilation album
  • Released: June 21, 2005
- 50
  • U.S. Sales: N/A
2007 The Art of Love & War
  • 4th studio album
  • Released: October 15, 2007
11 1
  • U.S. Sales: 200,000+
2010 Unexpected 133 17
  • U.S. Sales: N/A

Singles

Year Single Chart positions Album
U.S. U.S. R&B U.S. dance UK[4] AUS
1999 "No More Rain (In This Cloud)" 56 9 Black Diamond
2000 "Life Story" 22
"Everyday" 52
"Keep Your Worries" (Guru featuring Angie Stone) 99 57 Streetsoul
2001 "U Make My Sun Shine" (with Prince) 59 108
"Brotha" 52 13 37 Mahogany Soul
2002 "Wish I Didn't Miss You" 79 31 1 30 7
"More Than a Woman" (with Calvin Richardson) 63
2003 "Bottles & Cans" 18
"Signed, Sealed, Delivered I'm Yours"
(Blue featuring Stevie Wonder and Angie Stone)
11 31 Guilty
2004 "I Wanna Thank Ya" (featuring Snoop Dogg) 61 1 31 Stone Love
"Stay for a While" (featuring Anthony Hamilton) 70
"U-Haul" 68
2005 "I Wasn't Kidding" 17 Stone Hits: The Very Best of Angie Stone
2007 "Baby" (featuring Betty Wright) 103 22 3 The Art of Love & War
2008 "Sometimes" 26
"Pop Pop" 87
2009 "I Aint Hearin' You" 42 Unexpected

Album appearances

Year Song Album
2000 "Keep Your Worries" (Guru featuring Angie Stone) Streetsoul
2001 "Be Thankful" (with Omar) Best by Far
"My Nutmeg Phantasy" (Macy Gray featuring Angie Stone and Mos Def) The Id
2002 "Jam for the Ladies" (Moby featuring Angie Stone and MC Lyte) 18
"Excuse Me" (Raphael Saadiq featuring Angie Stone and Calvin Richardson) Instant Vintage
"The Messenger" Sign of Things to Come: Steve's Picks of the Year
"Black Magic" (Styles P featuring Angie Stone) A Gangster and a Gentleman
"The Prayer" (Josh Groban featuring Angie Stone) Josh Groban in Concert
2003 "You Will Know" Conception: An Interpretation of Stevie Wonder's Songs
"Signed, Sealed, Delivered I'm Yours"
(Blue featuring Stevie Wonder and Angie Stone)
Guilty
2004 "Hold Me Down" (Toshi featuring Angie Stone) Time to Share
"Jones vs. Jones" (Kool & the Gang featuring Angie Stone) The Hits: Reloaded
Odyssey
2005 "Since I Lost My Baby" So Amazing: An All-Star Tribute to Luther Vandross
"All I Want to Do" (with Ray Charles) Genius & Friends
"Come Together Now" (with various artists) Hurricane Relief: Come Together Now
2006 "All for Me" (Omar featuring Angie Stone) Sing (If You Want It)
"I Tried" (Al Di Meola featuring Angie Stone and Macy Gray) Vocal Rendezvous
"The Windows of the World"
(Dionne Warwick with Angie Stone, Chanté Moore, Deborah Cox and Da Brat)
My Friends & Me
2007 "Who's to Blame" We Are Family 2007
"Be Ever Wonderful" Interpretations: Celebrating the Music of Earth, Wind & Fire
"Feel the Same" (Groove Armada featuring Angie Stone) Soundboy Rock

Other collaborations

Year Song Artist Album Collaboration
1987 "Baby Cries (Ay Yah)" Jill Jones "G-Spot" (single) Songwriting
1992 "The Midnight Special" Buckwheat Zydeco On Track Background vocals
"Hey Joe"
1993 "Heaven Help" Lenny Kravitz Are You Gonna Go My Way Background vocals
1994 "We Had a Good Thing Goin'" Debelah Debelah Songwriting
1995 "Jonz in My Bonz" D'Angelo Brown Sugar Songwriting
"Let It Go" Maysa Maysa Songwriting
1998 Lenny Kravitz 5 Background vocals
D'Angelo Live at the Jazz Cafe Background vocals
"Crazy Bout U" Solo 4 Bruthas and a Bass Songwriting
2000 "Playa Playa" D'Angelo Voodoo Songwriting
"Send It On"
"Greatdayndamornin'/Booty"
"Africa"
"Won't Be a Fool" Alex Bugnon ...As Promised Songwriting
"Call on Me" Terry Ellis Disappearing Acts soundtrack Songwriting
2001 "Something Inside" Boney James featuring Dave Hollister Ride Songwriting
2002 "Doing What I Can" Raphael Saadiq Instant Vintage Background vocals
"OPH" Songwriting
"I Got What You Need" Shabazz Better Day Songwriting
"Jehovah Jirah" (Live) Knagui Meaning of Love Songwriting
"The Prayer" (Live) Josh Groban Josh Groban IN CONCERT Live Duet
2003 "Fell in Love with a Boy" Joss Stone The Soul Sessions Background vocals
"Love of My Life Worldwide" Erykah Badu Worldwide Underground Songwriting
2004 "Tired of the Game" Roy Tyler & New Directions Three Way Calling Songwriting
"Security" Joss Stone Mind, Body & Soul Fender Rhodes

Soundtracks

Year Song Film
1997 "Everyday" Money Talks
2000 "Holding Back the Years" Love & Basketball
"My Lovin' Will Give You Something" Shaft
"Slippery Shoes" Bamboozled
"Get to Know You Better" Disappearing Acts
2001 "Makin' Me Feel" Dr. Dolittle 2
"20 Dollars" Ali
2002 "Groove Me" Austin Powers in Goldmember
"Bring Your Heart" (featuring Diamond Stone) Brown Sugar
2003 "Rain Down" (with Eddie Levert of The O'Jays) The Fighting Temptations
"Time to Come Home" (with Beyoncé and Melba Moore)
2004 "Miracle of Love" (with BeBe Winans) The Passion of the Christ
2006 "Different Directions" Diary of a Mad Black Woman

Filmography

Films

Year Title Role
2002 The Hot Chick Madame Mambuza
2003 The Fighting Temptations Alma
2008 Caught on Tape Diane
2009 Pastor Brown Rick Fredericks
2010 School Gyrls Principal

Television

Year Title Role Notes
2000 Moesha Herself "D-Money Loses His Patience" (season 5, episode 22)
2002 Girlfriends Darla Mason "Blinded by the Lights" (season 3, episode 51)
2004 One on One Herself "It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad Hip Hop World" (season 3, episode 14)
2008 Lincoln Heights Octavia "Prom Night" (season 3, episode 9)
"The Ground Beneath Our Feet" (season 3, episode 10)

Theatre

Year Title Role
2003 Chicago Big Mama Morton

Awards and nominations

Wins

Nominations

References

  1. ^ Angie Stone Interview on Michael Baisden Radio show
  2. ^ Angie Stone Planning To Wed In The Bahamas
  3. ^ Angie Stone interview by Pete Lewis, 'Blues & Soul' February 2010
  4. ^ Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. p. 533. ISBN 1-904994-10-5. 

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