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Angie Stone on finding her own way into the heart of the universe

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Scottish singer-songwriter Angie Stone says: “I’m thinking about the universal nature of life and the energy of mind – it moves you, it entwines you and then it brings you back home again and again and again.

And, however we deal with a particular situation we can’t forget those universal things like peace, gratitude, beauty, joy, kindness, acceptance, trust and love – things that anyone can accept.

These are the things that are wonderful around me. We all have them, and they will bring our lives a lot further than we take them.”

• ‘No Time to Be a Child’ is available from 7 April on Sacred Records.

Interview by Karl Mathieson

Angie Stone is a hugely talented songwriter and singer with tremendous range and style. Singing from the heart, the 48-year-old has amassed a following of critical acclaim since breaking through in the Eighties as one-third of the influential supergroup Southern Soul on the Tyne-based label Wild Life. In 1995, Angie released her debut solo album Performing in Numbers, followed by its follow-up, Keepin’ It Living in 1998, and her 2003 recital at the Royal Albert Hall. An all-round performer, she starred in the West End of The Colour Purple and The Wiz as well as Europe’s largest multigenerational festival on Easter Island. Her latest album, No Time to Be a Child, is released on 7 April, and features collaborations with such globally acclaimed musicians as the Good Kind, Idris Elba, Sam Dew, Kamasi Washington and Ubu. It was recorded at Toussaint Cochran Studios in Louisiana, where mentors such as Frank Sinatra and Paul McCartney made their mark on his career.

• ‘I’m on a mission with this record, because I think that if people start paying attention and paying attention to artists from across the Earth, I think that together they might be able to change the world.’

– Angie Stone, in an interview with music website the Guardian

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