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(born Angela Laverne Brown in January 30, 1961, in Columbia, South Carolina) is a Grammy Award-nominated American R&B, hip-hop, and neo-soul singer and actress. Stone's music possesses a clear old school soul music influence, and her singing vocals recall those of Aretha Franklin
In the early 1980s, Stone
(as 'Angie B'), was a member of The Sequence
, the first major female hip-hop group. They had a hit in 1980 with "Funk You Up
". She then worked with Mantronix
, before teaming up and performing vocals and saxophone for Lenny Kravitz
emerged during the 1990's as part of hip-hop/R&B trio Vertical Hold
which released the popular single "Seems You're Much Too Busy
" as well as two albums: A Matter of Time
(June 1993) and Head First
In 1996, she teamed up with Gerry DeVeaux
's cousin from The Bahamas) and together with Charlie Mole
they formed Devox
. One album received a Japanese-only release including Stone-penned or co-written material.
shared song-writing credits on D'Angelo
's first two studio album's (1995 - Brown Sugar
and 2000 - Voodoo
) as well as providing backing vocals on tour with him.
She released her first solo album, Black Diamond
, released on 28 September 1999 via Arista
Records. She has since also released, via Clive Davis
' J Records
, Mahogany Soul
on October 16, 2001 and Stone Love
on July 6, 2004.
Much of Angie Stone
's solo material has a significant hip-hop influence and features notable samples. For example, her first solo single, 1999's "No More Rain (In This Cloud)
" samples Gladys Knight & The Pips
' 1972 "Neither One Of Us (Want To Be The First To Say Goodbye)", and 2002 "Wish I Didn't Miss You
" samples The O'Jays
' 1972 "Back Stabbers".
sings the theme song for the UPN sitcom Girlfriends.
She has two children, a daughter and a son. The son is the child of neo-soul singer D'Angelo
, whom she dated during the 1990's.
Official Website: http://www.angiestoneonline.net
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