Four time Grammy award winner India Arie is rejuvenating fans with her recently released Christmas album.
India Arie is on tour for the rest of December. (Courtesy Photo)
Even though it has been two years since she has released an album, the soul artist released “Christmas with Friends,” with jazz legend Joe Sample, in October. The holiday collection includes a host of classics redesigned with a soulful flair, including “Silent Night,” “Have Yourself A Very Merry Christmas,” and “Auld Lang Syne.”
“I like Christmas music…a little, but the way that Joe Sample would play makes me love Christmas music. He was the sole inspiration for my album,” Arie told the AFRO.
Arie is scheduled to perform at a host of venues throughout the month of December, including Keswick Theatre in Glenside, Pennsylvania on Dec. 17; Soundstage in Baltimore, Maryland, Dec. 18 and Minglewood Hall in Memphis, Tennessee on Dec. 20. Arie recently performed at The Howard Theatre in D.C. on Dec. 14.
“D.C. has been one of the places that has supported me the most throughout my career and everytime I perform at The Howard Theatre, I know that the audience is filled with amazing and smart people,” she said.
Co-artist on the album and Aries’ inspiration, Joe Sample, who is the former lead of The Crusaders band, recently passed away on Sept. 12, 2014, due to organ cancer. Sample worked with countless artists including Ella Fitzgerald, Marvin Gaye, Anita Baker and Arie, for his last album.
“I faced no real industry challenges getting back into creating this album. The only real challenge was Sample dying. If it had not been for him, I would not have made this album,” the songstress said. Arie said that even though Sample passed, she still feels his presence through his music.