Since the success of her debut solo album, Black Diamond Angie Stone has remained a mainstay on our playlist for years. We’ve all watched and been inspired by the journey and evolution of the 53-year-old singer. Many didn’t know that aside from being a singer, Angie Stone also does a lot of songwriting for other artists:
There is a song years ago I worked on with Harry Ray from the Moments…and I worked with Chuck Brown on, “It’s Good to be Home.” Of course a lot [of people] don’t know I worked with Mary J. Blige in her early, early days…They thought she had a lot of the same tones as me. So I wrote this song with her at my house called “I Ain’t Taking No Shorts” that was a motivational song for her. It spoke to her spirit because the label never felt she was ready enough. I thought she was ready and I wrote the song. It was never released because it was really for her inspiration. But years and years later I ran into her and she said ‘Angie it is so funny I was just thinking about this song we did at your house. That song resonates in my head.’ For me I was overwhelmed, because the song did what it was supposed to do to let her know that she was great in spite of what people said about her. I also did a lot of work with Lenny Kravitz. I didn’t write but I played sax with him and toured on his Let Love Rule tour. So I had my hand in quite a few things that people didn’t know about.
Songwriting aside, it is easy to be inspired by Angie Stone’s style–from her signature afro to her classic looks–click continue as we take a look at the style and grace of Angie Stone..