On Saturday, November 2nd, India.Arie's concert was a MUST SEE at the Beacon Theater in New York City.
Prior to Arie’s set, former J Records recording artist and Grammy nominated singer-songwriter Emily King and her crew kicked off the night. Drawing comparisons to the late Teena Marie, King gave her hometown fans a stirring, soulful opening, which begs us to ask: why doesn’t someone else sign her? Following her set, the always appreciative songstress thanked audience members for the warm reception as she continues to achieve her dream.
An evening with India.Arie began after a fifteen minute intermission. The singer, songwriter, and producer made it clear to her fans that it was more than just a concert; it was a “Songversation”. A “Songversation” with Arie is listening to her music with your eyes, ears, and most importantly, your heart. Fans were in tuned each time India sang a song, played an instrument, or praised dance on stage. Her spirit was truly felt once she started singing her song, "Video." What an excellent way to start the evening!
"Video," is a song that focuses on self-esteem, self-image, and not glamorizing societal expectations. Once she sang that song, the hits just kept rolling including "Brown Skin," "Little Things," "I Am Not My Hair," "6th Avenue," "Cocoa Butter," " Just Do You," "Can I Walk With You," "The Truth," "There's Hope," "Get It Together," "Talk To Her," "Part of My Life," and last not but not least the soft ballad, "Ready to Love."
During the set, event-goers expressed their interest in the singer by performing several acts of movement: clapping their hands, stomping their feet, singing, dancing, crying, laughing, smiling, and being empathetic. Arie also included quotes pertaining to music, life, inner peace, relationships, and overcoming adversity before she started singing. Some of the profound quotes were from musicians included Bono’s "Music changes the world because it changes people" and "Music is my religion," from Jimi Hendrix.
India's performance at the Beacon Theater left a footprint on her fans' hearts. Three words to describe her performance: Empowering, Inspiring, and Life-changing. Arie spreads powerful messages in her music, which is a vital component as a songwriter. She explained to her fans a powerful phrase they should take home with them: “Breakdown, Breakthrough, Break the Shell, Elevate, and Fly”. Once India said those words, audience members had a different perspective on life. I'm elated she didn't throw in the towel and retired. That was NOT her calling! Fans are expecting more from the Motown songbird as she continues to rebuild her life as a woman and a musician. India.Arie is definitely taking it step-by-step, day by day by reinforcing her everlasting love for recording and composing music!