Four-time Grammy winner India Arie returned to Memphis and the Orpheum Theatre on Sunday night, treating fans to old favorites and new vibes from her latest album "SongVersation."
No stranger to Memphis, Arie has graced Bluff-City stages previously in her decade-long career. I've had the pleasure of working her shows and the consistency of satisfaction again was on display.
The "Soulbird Presents: A SongVersation with India.Arie" tour kicked off Sept. 21st in Seattle! Fresh off the Memphis stop, Arie was off on a string of back-to-back-to-back-to-back shows that will roll her through Durham, N.C., Washington, D.C., Northampton, Mass., New York City and Westbury, N.Y.
In Memphis, Arie's performance was so pure many fans clearly left feeling that The Orpheum had been transformed into the center of the universe.
"India! India! India!"
That was the sound of the crowd as Aria stepped out for the night of interaction. She looked awesome – white dress, headwrap and all.
As Arie moved into her classic hit "I Am Not My Hair," she tossed aside her headwrap and her braided wig. The jamming then flowed throughout the evening.
Along the way, the stylish and palpably-conscious Arie blended in talk of life's challenges, noting that embedded in each and every one of her songs is a message of positivity.
In Memphis Sunday night, her Memphis fans let her know that they appreciate that plus.