Angela Brown was born in Columbia, South Carolina on December 18, 1961. She began singing gospel music at First Nazareth Baptist Church. At the age of 16, she formed the rap trio “The Sequence”, a female hip-hip group, and they were signed to Sugar Hill Records. The group enjoyed success with the song “Funk You Up”. In 1993, she became the lead singer Vertical Hold and had a smash hit with “Seems You’re Much Too Busy”. The group split in 1995 and that same year, Stone wrote, recorded, and performed as a background vocalist to D’Angelo, appearing on his first two studio album “Brown Sugar” and “Voodoo”. In late 1999, her debut album Black Diamond” which included the number-one hit “No More Rain (In This Clous)” was released to positive reviews. Over the next two decades, Stone continued to release new music and collaborate with Raphael Saadiq, Swizz Beatz and Alicia Keys. Stone lives in Atlanta, Georgia with her two adult children.
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