Angie Stone Biography
Claim to Fame: Singer, Songwriter, Keyboardist
DOB: December 18, 1961
Diabetes Type: 2
Angie Stone was born December 18, 1961 as Angela Laverne Brown. She was raised in Columbia, South Carolina where she excelled in both academics and sports. Angie took a very early interest in gospel music, perhaps because of her father’s membership in a local gospel quartet. He often took her along to the performances of such renowned gospel artists as the Singing Angels and the Gospel Keynotes. Angie eventually taught herself to play the keyboard, and soon began saving money to record her own music at a local studio.
In the early 1980s, Angie got her big break by joining Gwendolyn Chisolm and Cheryl Cook to complete the rap trio The Sequence. It was here that she recorded the hits "Funk You Up," "I Don’t Need Your Love (Part One)," and "Funky Sound" for the record label Sugarhill. This soon led to her first commercial success “Seems You’re much Too Busy,” a dance track on Vertical Hold’s album that became an R&B Top 40 hit in 1993.
A chemical spill in a hospital where she worked left Angie with a diagnosis of sarcoidosis, the treatment of which, she believes, led to her 1999 diabetes diagnosis. The medicine she was originally prescribed for diabetes (which was later recalled), in turn, led to congestive heart failure for the young woman. With great faith, persistence and medical intervention, Angie managed to stave off the worst of her various ailments.
Angie made her debut as a solo artist under Arista with her 1999 album Black Diamond before she moved to J-Records in 2001. It was here that she released the albums Mahogany Soul (2001) and Stone Love (2004). Angie’s first two albums went gold, and her 2004 record quickly climbed to number 14 on the charts, making it her biggest hit.
More recently, Angie played the lead in the theatre tour Issues: We’ve Got Them All. She then appeared on the fourth season of VH1’s reality television show "Celebrity Fit Club," where she lost eighteen pounds. On October 15, 2007 she released her fourth studio album, The Art of Love & War which became her first number one album on the R&B/Hip Hop charts. Betty Wright is featured in the lead single "Baby," and Mike Epps is in the music video.
Angie is still taking medication for diabetes and high blood pressure, but her congestive heart failure and sarcoidosis have abated. Stone continues her musical career and still performs around the world today. In 2008, Stone began a diabetes awareness campaign in conjunction with FACE (Fearless African Americans Connected and Empowered) at the Southside YMCA in Chicago. The campaign was launched to inspire behavioral changes in African Americans, who are disproportionately affected by diabetes. "The main reason most people aren't getting tested is fear," she said. "Fear of the unknown keeps people from taking care of their health."
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