In the course of an R&B career heading toward its third full decade, Angie Stone has showcased her powerful voice in nearly every venue you can think of, from tiny clubs to arenas to a run on Broadway (she did a stint as Matron "Mama" Morton in Chicago
). This summer, she's returning to the clubs for some scattered dates to help promote a forthcoming Greatest Hits Live
release, which will feature the best of her three albums for J Records. That trio of discs -- 1999's Black Diamond
, 2001's Mahogany Soul
, and last year's Stone Love
-- established the South Carolina native as one of neosoul's leading ladies.
Before getting her acclaimed solo career off the ground, however, Stone added some old-school flavor to a variety of like-minded artists, including Lenny Kravitz (she played saxophone in his band for a while) and D'Angelo (Stone collaborated on his debut, Brown Sugar, a retro-R&B landmark). More recently, she has worked with the Japanese soul man Toshi Kubota, offering him a guest slot on her 2004 "Silk and Sandpaper" tour with Anthony Hamilton and appearing on his recent single, "Hold Me Down."