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India.Arie lectures, performs Feb. 18 at Bob Hope venue

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India.Arie lectures, performs Feb. 18 at Bob Hope venue

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POSTED December 31, 2011 1:49 a.m.

STOCKTON — India.Arie, a two-time Grammy award winning singer, songwriter and producer, will give a lecture and performance as the keynote speaker for University of the Pacific’s Black History Month celebration on Saturday, Feb. 18, at 7 p.m. at Bob Hope Theatre.

Ticket are $25 to $35. Tickets may be purchased online at www.ticketmaster.com, any Ticketmaster outlet, by phone at 800-745-3000 or at the Stockton Arena Ticket Office.

With songs such as “Beautiful,” “I Am Not My Hair,” “Beautiful Flower” and “Strength, Courage and Wisdom,” the Neo Soul/R&B singer is known for uplifting music and empowering women and girls. Among the many messages that resonate in her songs, she encourages women and girls to focus on inner beauty instead of societal images of female beauty.

She is perhaps best known for her lyrics from her first single “Video,” which included the lines: “I ain’t built like a supermodel/But I’ve learned to love myself unconditionally.” Former talk show host Oprah Winfrey has cited her work and said “India.Arie is known for writing and performing music that really stimulates and revives the soul.”

Since her multi-platinum debut album “Acoustic Soul” in 2001, Indie.Arie has gone on to release “Voyage to India,” “Testimony: Vol. 1, Love & Relationship” and “Testimony: Vol. 2, Love & Politics (2009),” her fourth and most recent studio album.

Throughout her career, she has sold more than eight million albums and garnered praise from critics and artists alike throughout the music industry, including Elton John and Stevie Wonder. Her numerous accolades include 17 Grammy nominations and four NAACP Image Awards.

In addition to being an artist, India.Arie is also a human rights activist who has traveled around the world advocating on behalf of children for health-related causes. As a U.S. ambassador for UNICEF, India.Arie made frequent trips to Africa and helped bring more attention and support to the AIDS crisis on the continent.

The event will open with a performance by Sugar Water Purple, a local Neo Soul band made up of mostly Pacific students.

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