Shanachie Entertainment Earlier this month, Angie Stone released her seventh studio album, Dream, an independent project that she was initially nervous about recording. The singer tells ABC Radio that she’s overwhelmed by the unexpected success of her latest effort.
“My story is that of a journey, so when it came to this album, I didn’t want to do it. I was scared. I thought the public had turned their back on me, all of the shenanigans with the media, the mockery, none of it was real and it was just like, ‘Where is this stuff coming from?'” she says. “So to see everything come full circle, it’s like that old person exists no more. This album is taking me places in 37 years I’ve never been.”
An emotional Angie pauses to collect her thoughts before adding, “I’m just doing stuff that I’ve never done, that I didn’t know existed…so it’s special.”
Angie says that she’s surprised by the response to the album’s lead single, “2 Bad Habits,” because in her opinion, she didn’t “try hard” this time around to make a hit record.
“I ended up cutting two songs a night and before you know it, outside of two months this album was finished, and I sounded different and there was a new sound coming out of me and I didn’t know what was going to happen,” she says of the recording process. “The single came out — we shot a video for barely two dollars — and the song came out and just went poof! So I’m just overwhelmed, I didn’t ever think that I would see this day. But God just kept true to his promise.”
The singer concludes that her faith brought her through the hardships in her career. “That’s why I told everybody that Dream will be on the front, but footprints will be on the back because you know what footprints represent — these are the times that He carried me.”
Stone co-wrote the album with frequent collaborator Walter Millsap III and teamed with Dave Hollister for a duet called “Begin Again.”
The set, which is available in stores now, serves as the follow-up to 2012’s Rich Girl.
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