Soul singer India.Arie and her Songversation Tour made a pit stop in the hustling & bustling city of New York (November 2). Held at the renown Manhattan venue of the Beacon Theatre, Ms. Arie carried on a soulfully solid, yet intimately musical conversation before an audience of 2,000-plus fans and onlookers.
After the show was kicked off by fellow singer Emily King, India stepped into the spotlight with her signature style – all while images and inspirational quotes were projected in the background, evoking the vibe of what is to come. Before getting into the main event, Arie made it clear that it was not be a concert but a “songversation” between her self and those in the audience. And we must admit that it was exactly that: an intimate moment between an artist and those present to experience touched talent.
In between fan-favorite tunes like, “I Am Now My Hair,” “He Heals Me,” “Interested,” “Yellow,” “Back to the Middle,” “Brown Skin” and more, Arie read off inspirational quotes from the likes of Anais Nin, Marilyn Monroe, Maya Angelou, Stevie Wonder and others, before sharing the meaning of the tune to follow.
Aside from showing her multi-instrumental talents, the Motown soul songbird blew the crowd away with her perfect riffs & runs, relaxed and open body movements, and made the energy within the room all the more spiritually uplifting. When a lyrics or song struck a chord with an audience member, he or she didn’t hesitate to stand to their feet and feel the song with their happy soul.
To top off the night, Arie ended the show with a heartfelt performance of the Acoustic Soul classic, “Ready For Love.” Overall, Ms. India gave a show that we believe every person should experience, even if you’ve never been into her music. It’s an experience that will leave you feeling better than you felt coming in. Because every song had an important message that could very well strike a chord somewhere deep within any human being.