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How India.Arie Got Her Power Back
Posted: Wed 06/19/2013 12:00 AM
Oprah on the set with Arie, 2007.
In 2010, Oprah received a heartfelt email from Grammy award-winning singer India.Arie, who had found herself after losing her way in the music industry. Below, Oprah shares that letter and her own thoughts about the power of India.Arie's authenticity. Read on, and tune in Sunday at 11 a.m. ET/PT on OWN or online.
Not long ago, I received a letter from a friend who's in the music business. Ask anyone in that world and they'll tell you that glamour and Grammys aside, it's a tough business. And like any business, especially a creative one, you have to keep reinventing yourself to stay relevant.
But my friend found that she'd lost her way in the very experience she loved most: making music.
That sort of thing happens to most of us at some point. We get caught up and lose our energy and strength and power to an agenda other than our own.
I asked my friend if I could share part of her letter with you, thinking her path back to herself might help you on this universal journey. So here's how India Arie got her power back:
"I took your advice to heart. After last year hurt bad enough, I chose—you said 'the universe will rise up to meet you wherever you are,' so I decided to just be me.