02 date for soul legend.
Hip Hop pioneer and r’n’b legend Angie Stone, the very definition of the Soul Survivor, is coming to Birmingham this month.
40 years after her group Sequence were signed to Sugarhill Records, she’s back with a new album and a trio of UK shows in Birmingham, London and Manchester. In between times, she’s been waited on by Madonna, nominated for three Grammy awards, and worked with the likes of Stevie Wonder, Alicia Keys, Mary J Blige, Mantronix, D’Angelo and Lenny Kravitz.
It all began when her group Sequence were signed by Sugarhill Records after a back-stage audition at a Sugarhill Gang concert, and they became the first girl-group to sell 12” inch records. Over three decades after its release, their hit Funk You Up was the inspiration behind Bruno Mars’ worldwide hit Uptown Funk.
The fact that she sang as well as rapped made the transition to soul chanteuse an easy one to make, and after a spell in another group, Vertical Hold, she set about ploughing her own solo furrow. Five million record sales later, the neo-soul icon returns with her ninth studio album, Full Circle, which has been hailed as her strongest collection of original material to date, and includes the hit single Dinosaur and a duet, Gonna Have To Be You, with RnB superstar Jaheim.
Angie’s U.K. fan-base will get the chance to hear songs from the new album, plus highlights from her superb back catalogue, including I Wish I Didn’t Miss You and No More Rain (In This Cloud), as she plays a tour that will include the o2 Institute, Birmingham on 17th October.
Support comes from Tony Momrelle, a British soul singer who has previously toured with the likes of Incognito, Earth, Wind and Fire, Celine Dion, Janet Jackson and Whitney Houston.