More Than A Woman: Angie Stone
Angie Stone was born on December 18, 1961, in Columbia, South Carolina. It was there where she was raised and began singing gospel music at First Nazareth Baptist Church. Early music inspiration came from her father, who sang in a gospel quartet. During high school, Angie was an athlete but also enjoyed writing poetry. Moreover, she taught herself how to MC and play the piano. After high school, she worked minimum wage jobs to save up enough money to record a demo.
Intro in the Music Industry
In the early 1980s, Angie Stone (known as Angie B) joined a hip-hop trio called the Sequence. They had a hit single called “Funk You Up”. Ten years later, Angie joined an R&B trio called Vertical Hold. With that trio, she scored a hit single, “Seems You’re Much Too Busy”. She also released hit albums A Matter Of Time and Head First.
By 1996, Angie Stone became a solo artist. She began songwriting for other artists. Most notably, D’Angelo in 1995. It wasn’t until 1999 that Angie released her debut solo album, Black Diamond. She followed it up with her Mahogany Soul in 2001. Both albums received went certified gold. Her most notable singles Black Diamond are”No More Rain (In This Cloud)” and “Every day”. Her hit singles from Mahogany Soul are “Brotha” and “More than a Woman. “More than a Woman,” in collaboration with Calvin, earned her a Grammy nomination for Best R&B Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocals. She has sold over ten million albums worldwide.
Other Top charting R&B Albums:
Stone Love (2004)
Hit Single: “U-Haul”
The Art of Love and War (2007)
Hit Singles: “Sometimes” and “Baby
Rich Girl (2012)
Other Grammy Nominations:
BEST FEMALE R&B VOCAL PERFORMANCE
BEST R&B PERFORMANCE BY A DUO OR GROUP WITH VOCALS
Angie Stone Discography
Where is she Now?
Once a pioneer of neo-soul music, Angie Stone is still performing in 2021 and into 2022. Earlier in 2021, Angie Stone was honored at the Billboard Black Music Honors. She received the Soul Icon Award.