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R&B star Angie Stone gears up for nationwide UK tour

UK BOUND: Singer Angie Stone

GRAMMY-NOMINATED R&B legend Angie Stone is set for a long-awaited six-date tour across the UK this April.

Backed by her full US band and supported by UK singer/songwriter Ms D, this is a highly-anticipated opportunity to see one of giants of R&B performing live.

Angie Stone's rootsy and sophisticated fusion of soul, funk and hip-hop, as heard in her landmark solo albums Black Diamond (1999) and Mahogany Soul (2001), embodied the breakthrough Neo Soul sound.

The singer has subsequently gone on to inspire artists as diverse as Alicia Keys, Estelle, Bilal, Joss Stone, Amy Winehouse and Mary J Blige.

With sales in excess of five million albums sold globally, Stone's hits include No More Rain (In This Cloud) and Everyday - as well as 1979's Funk You Up with The Sequence and Seems You're Much Too Busy in 1993 with Vertical Hold.

Today, Stone reaches a new audience through her R&B Divas reality TV show on VH1, features in hit films The Fighting Temptations, Pastor Brown and television shows Moesha, Girlfriends, and Lincoln Heights, as well as her most recent album, 2012's Rich Girl.

Support is provided by emerging London-based singer/songwriter Ms D, who has guested on all three of
UK rapper Wiley's singles from his 2013 album The Ascent and on Chipmunks’s 2009 hit, Oopsy Daisy.

On her upcoming dates in the UK, Angie said: "I'm really, really excited because I'm so well received in the UK! There is so much talent here waiting for their breakout moment.” She lists Amy Winehouse’s recordings as a continual inspiration, and had previously tipped Adele for chart success. Angie Stone continues to highly rate British acts Estelle, Omar, Carl McIntosh, Soul I Soul and Mica Paris. She also describes “Long Walk to Freedom” star Idris Elba as “an old friend who goes way back.”

Ammo Talwar CEO of Punch, one of the UK’s leading music and arts development agencies responsible for bringing Stone to the UK, added: “We’re proud to be bringing a voice and a talent like Angie Stone’s to the UK. So many people, like me, will have worn out their “Black Diamond” and “Mahogany Soul” albums as a part of the soundtrack to their clubbing years, but this tour - especially with support from Ms D - will be showing the full range of her talent and repertoire.”

TOUR DATES IN FULL

* The Drum, Birmingham - APRIL 20th

* Concorde 2, Brighton - APRIL 21st

* Shepherds Bush Empire, London - APRIL 22nd

* Colston Hall, Bristol - APRIL 23rd

* The Ritz, Manchester - APRIL 24th

* Hoochie Coochie, Newcastle - APRIL 25th

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