India.Arie posing for the camera

India.Arie, a two-time Grammy award winning singer, songwriter and producer, will give a lecture and performance for the keynote event for University of the Pacific's Black History Month celebration. The Neo Soul/R&B singer will speak and share her music.

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India.Arie to Headline Pacific’s Black History Month Celebration

Grammy-Award Winning singer to give lecture and performance
By Rhashad PittmanJan 5, 2012

She has been compared to soul singers Stevie Wonder and Roberta Flack, won her industry's most prestigious award, and has been praised for spreading hope to people around the world. Now the musician known for her soulful songs will bring her insight and inspirational message to Stockton.

India.Arie, a two-time Grammy award winning singer, songwriter and producer, will give a lecture and performance for the keynote event for University of the Pacific's Black History Month celebration. The Neo Soul/R&B singer will speak and share her music Saturday, Feb. 18 at the Bob Hope Theatre, 242 E. Main St., in downtown Stockton. The event is at 7 p.m. (doors open at 6 p.m.). Tickets are $35 for floor seats and $25 for balcony seats. Pacific students can purchase tickets for $10 at the front desk of the DeRosa University Center, starting Jan. 14.

With such songs as "Beautiful," "I Am Not My Hair," "Beautiful Flower" and "Strength, Courage and Wisdom," India.Arie is known for uplifting and empowering messages in her music. Some of her most popular lyrics come from her first single "Video," which included the lines: "I ain't built like a supermodel/But I've learned to love myself unconditionally."

"Through simple, poetic lyrics, India.Arie has used music to positively impact the lives of millions of people, especially women and girls," said Kerry Robinson'12, a Pacific senior and co-chair of the Black History Month planning committee. "As a young, African American woman who has accomplished so much in the past decade, her presence will truly be an inspiration for Pacific and the Stockton community."

Since her multi-platinum debut album "Acoustic Soul" in 2001, Indie.Arie has gone on to release "Voyage to India," "Testimony: Vol. 1, Love & Relationship" and "Testimony: Vol. 2, Love & Politics (2009)," her fourth and most recent studio album.

Throughout her career, she has sold more than eight million albums and garnered praise from critics and artists alike, including Elton John and Stevie Wonder. Her numerous accolades include 17 Grammy nominations and four NAACP Image Awards. Former talk show host Oprah Winfrey said, "India.Arie is known for writing and performing music that really stimulates and revives the soul."

In addition to being an artist, India.Arie is a human rights activist. As a U.S. ambassador for UNICEF, she has made frequent trips to Africa to help bring more attention to the AIDS crisis and support those who are impacted by the disease.

Her appearance is one of many events planned throughout February for Black History Month. This year's theme is "Black Women in American History and Culture." Pacific's annual celebration of African American history and heritage also includes a gospel concert, poetry reading, financial aid workshop and guest lecturers.

For more information, call 209.946.7361 or visit Pacific's Black History Month website. General admission tickets can be purchased online.

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Rhashad Pittman   Rhashad Pittman is the media relations coordinator at Pacific.

 
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