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Angie Stone

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Grammy nominated singer 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 70s, 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 2000s, 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. In September 2013 BET/CENTRIC made Stone the focus of their acclaimed "Being" artist profile series, capturing just how amazing this dynamic's life and career has been.

Now, at a time when some are questioning the viability of the genre of R&B music, Angie Stone has collaborated with hit-making producer Walter Milsap III (Beyoncé, Alicia Keys, Timbaland, Brandy, Mindless Behavior) to create a masterpiece of contemporary R&B which combines the essence of classic soul music with cutting edge production. The resulting album Dream, which features the lead single "2 Bad Habits," as well as an unforgettable duet with Dave Hollister, promises to be one of the highlights in R&B this year. The album is set for release November 6, 2015 by Shanachie Entertainment/Conjunction Entertainment Inc./TopNotch Music. "This album is all about the three P's: Pain, then the Process to get to the Promise," says Angie. "I'm a stone-cold survivor; I'm still standing. At the end of the day I am a real singer with real issues with a real God and keeping it real!"

Indeed Dream delivers straight-from-the-heart vocalizing from a master of Soul/R&B, telling truths about love, life and relationships and drawing on her experiences of passion and pain. The song "Magnet," for instance, expresses a feeling that will hit home for many women who find themselves in situations with the wrong sort of man. "I did not know this would turn out to be my favorite song," Angie notes. "This tells everyone's story—heartbreak, headaches, when you’re pregnant and you're not supposed to be; when you're too giving and have gone the extra mile. When you are empty and have given all of your goods away. It is a terrible feeling. Every woman that hears that song will know, like I am a magnet for the wrong man, will be pulling out their tissues and feeling like 'been there, done that."

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