Music lovers you're in for a real treat when you pick up the new CD by India Arie. Testimony: Vol. 1, Life & Relationship
is in my opinion her best CD to date. It's been in constant rotation in my CD player. It's hard to choose which song is my favorite. I don't think I disliked any of the songs.
Although I hadn't heard the CD prior to my interview with India Arie, I had heard many great things about it--and for once the rumor mill was right--this is a great CD.
Shelia Goss: Itís been awhile since your last album release. What have you been doing?
Living Life and working on my album.
Shelia: Did you feel any pressure with this album?
Yes, I felt pressure to continue to speak to who I feel my audience is and at the same time still be able to speak my truth. I never sang anything about heartbreak or any sort of dissatisfaction or anger. Iím singing a lot about that on this album. I hope that people appreciate it still. Itís not the idealistic romantic thing that Iím known for, but itís my truth. I also felt pressure to finish. It was a lot of work and a very hard earned album.
Shelia: Was it hard earned because some of the songs were based on real life experiences?
That too. Iím diving in and working on myself. Thatís always hard work to confront your fears, but itís also hard work because I know more as a producer. I know more so Iím being responsible for more and thatís a lot more work.
Shelia: So you were more actively involved on this album than your previous ones?
Yes. In my previous ones, I was always emotionally involved. This time I was technically involved and emotionally involved.
Shelia: Okay, that can be kind of draining.
Kind ofÖwhatÖIt was some of the hardest work Iíve ever done.
Shelia: How do you stay motivated in between albums?
This is what I love to do. If I have something I want to say, Iím going to put it in a song. Because I love to write songs about my life, itís not hard to do that.
Shelia: If you could go back and change anything about your music career when you first started, what would it be?
I think I would have done a few more independent CDs.
Definitely, but you canít go back.
Shelia: What took you so long to come out with this album?
Iíve been busy working on it; working on myself and working on the music.
Shelia: Several singers have ventured off into acting. Do you see yourself going that route?
Itís definitely something Iím interested in, but only if Iím interested in that actual project. I want to explore myself in that way.
Shelia: Is there anything else you would like to say to your fans?
Thank you for supporting me and I love you.