Angie Stone with the lowdown on her early years with The Sequence and Mantronix, to working with D’Angelo and chart-topping anthems.
A native of Columbia, South Carolina, _(artist-name)Angie Stone_ began singing gospel music at a young age, and her father, a member of a local gospel quartet, would take his only child to see performances by gospel artists such as the Singing Angels and the Gospel Keynotes. While working dead-end jobs as a young woman, Stone began saving money to record her own demos at a local studio called PAW before she later joined Gwendolyn Chisolm and Cheryl Cook in the rap trio The Sequence, who recorded for Joe and _(artist-name)Sylvia Robinson_’s Sugarhill label. Soon after, Stone was working with futuristic rappers _(artist-name)Mantronix_ and _(artist-name)Lenny Kravitz_, and formed the neo-soul trio Vertical Hold. Her solo career began with the now classic _(album-title)Black Diamond_ LP on Arista, and she has since released several albums on various labels, containing singles like _(song-title)Stone Love_ or _(song-title)Brotha_. Her _(album-title)Art Of Love And War_ album was released on the re-launched Stax imprint and recorded in _(artist-name)Marvin Gaye_’s studio. Apart from her own career Angie Stone is is a formidable songwriter, sharing writing credits on both of _(artist-name)D’Angelo_’s classic albums, and collaborations with everyone from _(artist-name)Erykah Badu_ to _(artist-name)Mary J Blige_.