A talented basketball player, Stone was ranked number one in South Carolina for free throws and number two for assists, she said in an interview with Newsweek.Though she was offered several basketball scholarships, Stone turned down college and moved to New York City to pursue a career in music."I had a natural love for the game, but the thought of trying to become an artist was more challenging," Stone told Newsweek.
Her father, a taxi driver, performed in a local gospel quartet.
Stone herself started singing and writing poetry when she joined the First Nazareth Baptist Church choir of the when she was "knee-high to a duck's tail," she recalled in her J-Records online biography.
She used to sing the songs of Aretha Franklin, Smokey Robinson, Donny Hathaway, Marvin Gaye, and Curtis Mayfield in the mirror as a girl and taught herself how to play keyboard.
Date of birth : 1961-12-18 Date of death : - Birthplace : Columbia, South Carolina, U. Nationality : American Category : Arts and Entertainment Last modified : 2012-02-14 Credited as : Singer-songwriter, R&B and soul musician, record producer and actress Angie Stone (born Angela Laverne Brown) is an American R&B and soul singer-songwriter, record producer, and occasional actress. She is more successful on the charts R&B charts, with four Top 10 albums, forms including a number one album and 10 singles on the R&B chart, including a Top 10. Though she experimented with rap and R&B, Stone eventually returned to her first love--soul.
Her solo debut, Black Diamond, and follow-up, Mahogany Soul, were both highly regarded.
Dubbed the "new soul queen," singer-songwriter Angie Stone earned her title after years of hard work, emotional pain, and productive soul-searching.
"I've deviated from soul music, tried to keep up with what was going on, flavor of the month," Stone admitted in an interview with Chris Willman in Entertainment Weekly.
"Did not work for me." The music industry followed her lead: "I think I was one of these people you can say was before her time," she said in an interview with the Los Angeles Times.
"But I think [the record industry has] begun to run out of fads and realized that it's time to go back to music with some depth to it." Like other artists of the neo-soul genre that developed in the late 1990s, Stone blended R&B and gospel, and then blended the mix again with contemporary hip-hop flavor.