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Angie Stone eyeballing new album, acting opportunities

for Journal Register Newspapers

Posted: Thursday, August 4, 2011

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Angie Stone turns 50 in December, but unlike many of her peers you won’t find the R&B singer lamenting the approaching birthday.

“I don’t really feel any way about it,” says the Atlanta-based Stone, who’s finishing her sixth album, “Rich Girl,” for an early 2012 release. “At this point I’m grateful I’m still relevant in the business — and people don’t really know how old I am. They know because I tell them what my age is, and they’re in disbelief, like, ‘Really?!’

“And I just say, ‘Really. Thank you.’”

Stone says she’s “going back to traditional Angie Stone” old school-style soul music on “Rich Girl,” but music is only one thing on her mind these days. After taking roles in films such as “The Hot Chick,” “The Fighting Temptations” and this year’s “Dreams,” as well as TV shows such as “Girlfriends” and “Lincoln Heights,” she’s focused on doing more acting. She’s also been doing a touring stage play, “Loving Him is Killing Me,” and Stone will be part of a reality TV show with other R&B singers such as Faith Evans, Nicci Gilbert from Brownstone and others.

“I really dream of being an actress,” Stone says. “It’s kind of like Jamie Foxx in the music industry; he became an actor first, but his passion was to become a singer. I did singing first, but my passion is to become an actress.

“Eventually I’ll get that one role that lands me a really sizable paycheck and I can say, ‘OK, now I can pace myself.’ But until then I’ll keep looking and keep myself busy. That’s all you can really do.”

Angie Stone performs at 8 p.m. Friday, Aug. 5, at Sound Board in the Motor City Casino, 2901 Grand River Ave., Detroit. Tickets are $43 and $40. Call 313-309-4700 or visit www.motorcitycasino.com.

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