India.Arie Preps New Single “6th Avenue” and Honors Recording Artist Brandy


India.Arie is gearing up to release the first single from her upcoming album for the track “6th Avenue.” has learned the song will be released to iTunes on Sunday November 4th, the same day Black Girls Rock airs on BET and she debutes the song. Keyshia Cole, Ciara, Missy Elliott and Brandy also perform for the special that airs at 8PM (eastern). India.Arie‘s new album is rumored to be titled “Open Door” and will be the first release since her 2009 release “Testimony: Vol. 2, Love & Politics.”

Last night at W.I.P in New York, India.Arie was a surprise guest honoring recording artist Brandy at TrueExclusives re-launch party. When India.Arie hit the stage she nearly brought a shocked Brandy to tears, however it was what she said before performing Brandy‘s single “He Is” from her “Full Moon” album that fully brought her to tears.

“I never got the chance to tell you this but the first time I heard you sing, I was 18 and I was like who is this? Who’s singing the way that I like people to sing cause I feel that there are a lot of singers here tonight, and you know how the difference between good singing and great singing are the small things nuances, you had the nuances when you were like 13. And I remember when you were on ‘Thea’, and through the week, on the commercial they were showing that you were going to sing on that episode. I have the tape because I have been keeping a tape recorder and journal since I was like a little kid. So I had my micro cassette ready when you came on and I taped it and played it back and back and back and back. So, I just wanted to tell you that. I know how it feels to be working really hard for something and it doesn’t turn out exactly the way that you want but then you have some stuff that’s turning out cool and you are just like working, trying to figure it out. I don’t think that you really understand how influential you are to singers [Crowd cheers], I don’t think you really get it! There are so many people that we hear and we are like, ‘that’s a Brandy run, Oh that’s a Brandy run’. I don’t think you even know how much people revere you and they don’t realize that they’re doing what you do. So this is for you.” –

Who can argue with anything she said? Check out the Brandy tribute as well as India.Arie performing “6th Avenue” earlier this year at TEDxAtlanta.


  1. i love her and i cant wait 2 see her perform on bgr. im happy she is making a new record and that was really sweet what she did for brandy. brandy is a beast also.

  2. I’m a huge fan of India Arie’s, and glad to hear that she has a new single coming out. Especially, since people don’t really appreciate how amazing & honest that her is. As far as honoring Brandy at the “True Exclusives” Relaunch Party, that was just the icing on the cake because Brandy is my favorite artist that deserves the love period!!