India.Arie's release of lead single “Cocoa Butter” marks the first release of new solo material since Testimony: Vol. 2, Love & Politics in 2009. The Grammy Award winning singer's fifth studio album, entitled SongVersation, will finally be distributed on June 25th, 2013.
“The Making of this album has been one of THE MOST important experiences of my career,” said Arie. While making the new record, India.Arie battled a lawsuit from a former manager that claimed she owed money for past representation. The case was settled for an undisclosed amount of money.
“Every time I make an album, it’s an important and tumultuous and nuanced and complex and dynamic process of going into the Woods and coming out with the Holy Grail,” she adds. The individuals that support India.Arie in the development of creative process were Shannon Sanders, David Ryan Harris and Michael Ruff.
“This album was a process of MANY JOURNEYS all happening at once, culminating in not just a fertile ground, but a fertile ground on a different land,” says India.