PHILANTHROPIST: In between touring and writing music, India.Arie has served as an US Ambassador for UNICEF and has traveled to Africa several times addressing the AIDS crisis. She has used and shared her music to bring awareness to various causes; her single “I am Not My Hair” was the Centerpiece of Lifetime’s Award-Winning Public Awareness Campaign, “Stop Breast Cancer for Life” and her song “Beautiful Flower” was used to raise funds for the Oprah Winfrey Leadership Academy for Girls.
ENTREPRENEUR: In June 2008 she launched her own label imprint through Universal Republic called Soulbird Music with her first signing singer/songwriter Anthony David. India.Arie says “SoulBird (which is another name for a butterfly), is meant to evoke the Energy of the music rather than the Style and will represent; music with intelligence and heart, music that moves people in their souls AND their bodies. Music with wings.” The cathartic first single from David’s new album, “Words,” was nominated for a 2009 Grammy award.