Angela Laverne Brown or better known as Angie Stone is a popular American singer, record producer, actress, and songwriter. Rising to fame in the late 1970s, Angie Stone gained recognition by being a member of the R&B trio “The Sequence”. Later on, in her music career, she became a member of “Vertical Hold”, the R&B trio. Angie Stone eventually released her solo debut album titled “Black Diamond” in 1999 on Arista Records. Her album was certified gold by the “Recording Industry Association of America”. Dominating the R&B, Soul, and New Soul genres, Angie Stone has made a huge name for herself in the industry. 

Early Life

Angie Stone was born and brought up in Columbia, South Carolina. This is where she started singing and developed an interest in music. She sang at the “First Nazareth Baptist Church”. Angie was influenced by several other gospel artists such as the “Gospel Keynotes” and the “Singing Angels”. She regularly went to see performances by several gospel artists with her father, who was a member of a local gospel quartet.

Music Career

Starting out at the young age of sixteen, Angie formed the rap trio “The Sequence”. This was the second rap group that was signed to Sugar Hill Records. Soon after, the rap trio released their single “Funk You Up” which went on to be a solid hit. The single reached number 15 on the US Top Black Singles Chart. Soon after, things started to move much faster, and Angie Stone gained a lot of recognition. In the late 1970s, she was a member of the R&B trio The Sequence. Then, in the 1990s, she was a member of the R&B trio “Vertical Hold”. Eventually, Stone released her solo debut album titled “Black Diamond” in 1999. 

Venturing into Acting

Later on, after moving on to J Records, Angie released “Mahogany Soul”. This was her second album which also included the hit single “Wish I Didn’t Miss You”. Some of her other albums to follow were “Stone Love” in 2004 and “The Art of Love & War” in 2007. Apart from being a successful R&B singer and songwriter, Angie also ventured into acting. Her debut role was in the 2002 movie “The Hot Chick”. 

Since then, the R&B singer and actress has appeared in several movies and television shows in various roles. This also includes TV One’s R&B Divas and VH1’s Celebrity Fit Club. Having had a tremendously successful music career, Angie Stone has won several awards and nominations. This includes three nominations for “The Grammy Awards” and two “Soul Train Lady of Soul Awards”. 

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