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Friday, February 6, 2015

Angie Stone

Collection of Angie Stone

A singer, MC, self-taught keyboardist, and prolific songwriter, Angie Stone's first claim to fame was her membership in the Sequence, an all-female trio that recorded for pioneering hip-hop label Sugar Hill, beginning with the 1979 single "Funk You Up." Several years later, she re-emerged as the lead vocalist for Vertical Hold, where she scored with the smooth urban dance track "Seems You're Much Too Busy," a Top 40 R&B hit during the summer of 1993 that led to very productive solo career. With the release of her 1999 solo debut, she became one of neo-soul's leading lights, providing sharp insight into romantic relationships with her smoky yet up-front voice.
Stone, a native of Columbia, South Carolina, began singing gospel music at a young age at First Nazareth Baptist Church.

Her father, a member of a local gospel quartet, would take his only child to see performances by gospel artists such as the Singing Angels and the Gospel Keynotes. During her youth, she wrote poetry, played sports, and, after high-school graduation, was offered college basketball scholarships. While working dead-end jobs, Stone began saving money to record her own demos at a local studio called PAW. She joined Gwendolyn Chisholm and Cheryl Cook in the rap trio the Sequence, who recorded hits for Joe and Sylvia Robinson's Sugar Hill label -- "Funk You Up," a remake of Parliament's hit "Tear the Roof Off the Sucker" called "Funky Sound (Tear the Roof Off)," and "I Don't Need Your Love."

Soon after, Stone was working with futuristic rap group Mantronix and rocker Lenny Kravitz, and she later formed the classy R&B trio Vertical Hold, who first charted with the Criminal single "Summertime." Besides "Seems You're Much Too Busy," the group's self-titled A&M album spawned another charting single, "ASAP." The group split after its second album.
Stone subsequently signed to Arista as a solo artist and recorded 1999's Black Diamond, a Top Ten R&B album that was certified gold on the strength of the singles "No More Rain (In This Cloud)" and "Everyday" (one of several songs she has written either for or with D'Angelo). The album won her a pair of Soul Train Lady of Soul Awards. She shifted to J for 2001's Mahogany Soul, another gold seller. Released in 2004, Stone Love fared just as well commercially, yet she moved to the revitalized Stax label for her fourth studio album, 2007's The Art of Love & War. It topped the R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart and featured two of her best singles, "Sometimes" and "Baby" -- the latter of which received a Grammy nomination for Best R&B Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocals. Unexpected, a Top 20 R&B Stax release, followed two years later, while 2012's Rich Girl was issued on Saguaro Road. Also an occasional actor, she appeared in a handful of movies, including The Fighting Temptations and Pastor Brown, as well as the television programs Moesha, Girlfriends, and Lincoln Heights. Biography by Ed Hogan

Album: Black Diamond (1999)

01. Freedom (Intro)
02. No More Rain (in This Cloud)
03. Everyday
04. Bone 2 Pic
05. Life Story
06. Visions
07. Coulda Been You
08. Just a Pimp
09. Black Diamonds & Blue Pearls
10. Green Grass Vapors
11. Baby Slow Down
12. Love Junkie
13. Trouble Man
14. My Lovin' Will Give You Something
15. Heaven Help
16. Life Story (Jazz Hop Mix)

Album: Mahogany Soul (2001)

01. Soul Insurance
02. Brotha
03. Pissed Off
04. More Than a Woman (feat. Calvin Richardson)
05. Snowflakes
06. Wish I Didn't Miss You
07. Easier Said Than Done
08. Bottles & Cans
09. The Ingriedents Of Love (feat. Musiq Soulchild)
10. What U Dyin' For
11. Makings Of You (Interlude)
12. Mad Issues
13. If It Wasn't
14. 20 Dollars
15. Life Goes On
16. The Heat (Outro)
17. Brotha Part II (feat. Alicia Keys & Eve)
18. Time of the Month

Album: Stone Love (2004)

01. Stoned Love (Intro)
02. I Wanna Thank Ya (feat. Snoop Dogg)
03. My Man (feat. Floetry)
04. U-Haul
05. Stay for a While (feat. Anthony Hamilton)
06. Lovers' Ghetto
07. Little Bit of This, Little Bit of That... (Interlude)
08. You're Gonna Get It (feat. Diamond Stone)
09. Come Home (Live with Me)
10. You Don't Love Me
11. Remy Red
12. That Kind of Love (feat. Betty Wright)
13. Touch It (Interlude)
14. Cinderella Ballin'
15. Karma (feat. T.H.C.)
16. Wherever You Are (Outro)
17. I Wanna Thank Ya (No Rap)

Album: Stone Hits The Very Best of Angie Stone (2005)

01. Wish I Didn't Miss You
02. Brotha
03. No More Rain (In This Cloud)
04. Stay For A While (feat. Anthony Hamilton)
05. I Wasn't Kidding
06. I Wanna Thank Ya
07. Everyday
08. Pissed Off
09. More Than A Woman (feat. Joe)
10. U-Haul
11. Bottles & Cans
12. Little Boy
13. Making Of You (Interlude)
14. Bone 2 Pic (Wit U)
15. Brotha Part II (feat. Alicia Keys & Eve)

Album: Life Goes On (2007)

01. Wish I Didn't Miss You
02. Cinderella Ballin'
03. Brotha
04. U-Haul
05. Remy Red
06. Life Goes On
07. Snowflakes
08. You Don't Love Me
09. Easier Said Than Done
10. Life Story

Album: The Art of Love & War (2007)

01. Take Everything In
02. Baby (feat. Betty Wright)
03. Here We Go Again
04. Make It Last
05. Sometimes
06. Go Back To Your Life
07. Half A Chance
08. These Are the Reasons
09. My People (feat. James Ingram)
10. Sit Down
11. Play With It
12. Pop Pop
13. Wait For Me
14. Happy Being Me (feat. Pauletta Washington)

Album: Unexpected (2009)

01. Unexpected
02. I Ain't Hearing' U
03. Free
04. Maybe
05. Hey Mr. DJ
06. Kiss All Over Your Body
07. I Don't Care
08. Why Is It
09. Tell Me
10. Think Sometimes
11. I Found A Keeper
12. Unexpected (Reprise)

Album: Rich Girl (2012)

01. Intro-Real Music
02. Do What U Gotta Do
03. Backup Plan
04. Proud Of Me
05. First Time
06. Guilty
07. Interlude (Malcolm-Jamal Warner)
08. Alright
09. Livin' It Up
10. Rich Girl
11. Right In Front Of Me
12. I Can't Take it
13. Push 'N' Pull
14. U Lit My Fire
15. Sisters


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