Angie Stone is one of those artists with a Midas touch. Her buttery smooth honey-toned pipes, undeniable gritty soulfulness and epic songwriting talents have been called upon by everyone from Mary J. Blige, Stevie Wonder, D’Angelo, Alicia Keys and Lenny Kravitz, to name a few. Rolling Stone Magazine once declared, “When soul music was in the lost and found, she came along to claim it.” It is this belief that has made Stone the go-to woman for three different record labels when they were creating a new sound and vision. In the 70’s, it was Angie Stone who helped to define the sound of the now legendary Sugar Hill Records as a member of the first recorded female rap group Sequence. Their hit “Funk You Up” is a classic that gets folks moving to this day! Fast forward, Clive Davis tapped Stone’s iconic sound in the early 2000’s, when he launched J Records. She recorded her gold-selling Mahogany Soul for the label and Stone Love. The in- demand Renaissance woman moves seamlessly from the studio and stage (she’s starred on Broadway) to television and silver screen without missing a beat. A legend in this tough business, Angie Stone stands in a class by herself. November 6, 2015 Stone will release her new CD Dream on Shanachie Entertainment in collaboration with Music Executive and Producer Walter W. Millsap III’s Conjunction Entertainment Inc. and TopNotch Music. The album’s first single, “2 Bad Habits,” is at radio now.
On September 19th, BET/Centric Television profiled Angie in an episode of its series Being, which shows viewers what it is like “being” the feature celebrity for a day in their life.
“As much success as Angie Stone has had, I still feel that she is under-recognized, given all the things that she has achieved, ” notes Shanachie General Manger Randall Grass. “When you put it all together, her story is amazing, from being part of the first female rap group to being one of the best, most soulful vocalists of the past couple decades to her work as a songwriter and actress. We are very excited to be working with her and look forward to truly tell ‘the Angie Stone story’ to its fullest!”
“When Angie’s manager Darrell Thompson approached me with the idea of signing Angie Stone I was all in,” notes CEO of Conjunction Entertainment Inc., Walter W. Millsap III. “In my initial conversations with Angie we spoke very candidly about redefining her artistry and working to extend her brand to a new group of fans. I instantly knew, Angie’s history and experience in music paired with her phenomenal talent would make the process very serene. She’s a gem, a workaholic and a creative guru! Having worked with some of the biggest names in music today from Beyoncé, Lady Gaga and Alicia Keys; it is evident that Angie Stone’s contribution to music has helped to pave the way for today’s artistry. The uniqueness Angie possesses is second to none. Her ability to tap into one’s soul musically, with or without their permission is divine.”
TopNotch Music President Marv Mack adds, “It is more than a pleasure to have the opportunity to work with one of the most soulful voices of this generation. Angie is beyond talented and is still holding the torch of ‘real soul music.’ When Walter and Angie played me the album in my office, I immediately said ‘this is a true blessing to hear soul music back in the form it needs to be in. Lets create a partnership!'”
A native of Columbia, South Carolina, Angie Stone began singing gospel music as a child. Her father, a member of a local gospel quartet, would take her to hear many of the great gospel artists. Stone first caught the music world’s attention as a member of Sequence, an all-female trio that recorded for Sylvia Robinson’s pioneering hip-hop label Sugar Hill. The group made history with the now-classic “Funk You Up,” “Funky Sound (Tear the Roof Off),” and “I Don’t Need Your Love.” Soon after, Stone began working with futuristic rap group Mantronix and Lenny Kravitz. She was a part of Kravitz’s Let Love Rule Tour and appears on his album 5. In the early 90’s, Stone was a member of the R&B trio Vertical Hold. She went on to co-write and co-produce D’Angelo’s critically lauded and Gold-selling debut, Brown Sugar in 1995, as well as 2000’s Voodoo. The two also have a son together. 1999 saw the release of Angie Stone’s Arista debut Black Diamond, which garnered two Grammy nods and two Soul Train Lady of Soul Awards. The album featured the hit single “No More Rain (In This Cloud).” The Gold selling Mahogany Soul followed in 2001 on the newly founded J Records and Stone Love followed in 2004. The Art of Love & War followed next featuring the Grammy nominated single “Baby” with Betty Wright in 2007 and Stone’s album Unexpected was released in 2010. Her album Rich Girl was issued on Saguaro Road via Time Life. The Renaissance woman appeared on three reality TV shows – VH1’s Celebrity Fit Club (2006), TV One’s R&B Divas (2013 and 2014), and ABC’s Celebrity Wife Swap (2014). She’s appeared in such motion pictures as The Fighting Temptations, Pastor Brown and Ride Along as well as the Broadway production of Chicago. For a creative genius like Angie Stone the possibilities are limitless!