India Arie has sold over 3.3 million records in the US and 10 million worldwide. She has won four Grammy Awards from her 21 nominations, including Best R&B Album. Since releasing 5 incredible albums and selling 12 million albums, now Arie is set to release her first ever Christmas album. This album is sure to instantly set the holiday mood with major contribution from the late great Joe Sample, Brandy, Tori Kelly, Michael McDonald and many more.
On social media, Arie writes: "I am SO excited to announce that I have a new CHRISTMAS ALBUM coming out!!! This amazing album features duets with Tori Kelly, Brandy, Kem, Michael McDonald, Dave Koz and Jazz legend Joe Sample! Pre-order "Christmas With Friends" on Amazon NOW!"
Among the neo-classic soul artists to emerge in the early 2000s, following the success of artists like D'Angelo and Lauryn Hill, Atlanta's India.Arie was poised to make a major impact. A studied songwriter and guitar player rooted in the soul and blues of the past, as well as in positive-minded contemporary hip-hop, Arie debuted with Acoustic Soul. Rich with with resonant hooks and mature lyrics -- impressive, considering she been writing songs for only five years -- the album established a remarkable career that has entailed four Grammy Awards and five consecutive placements in the Top Ten of the Billboard 200.
Arie hit number one on the all-genre Billboard 200 for the first time with Testimony: Vol. 1, Life & Relationship, which also netted her three Grammy nominations. The more outward-looking Testimony: Vol. 2, Love & Politics was released through Universal Republic in February 2009 and debuted at number three on the Billboard 200. After a hiatus from the industry, she returned to Motown, where she released Songversation in June 2013. It was her fifth consecutive Top Ten album.
1. Let It Snow feat. Joe Sample
2. Favorite Time of Year feat. Tori Kelly
3. Silent Night feat. Joe Sample & Brandy
4. Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas feat. Joe Sample & KEM
5. Merry Christmas Baby feat. Michael McDonald
6. I've Got My Love To Keep Me Warm feat. Dave Koz & Trombone Shorty
7. The Christmas Song feat. Joe Sample
8. God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen feat. Khristian Dentley of Take 6
9. Mary, Did You Know? feat. Gene Moore
10. Auld Lang Syne feat. Kirk Whalum