Whether they drew strength from their spirituality to advocate for a better world, enriched our days with beauty and light, or simply guided us toward richer, more meaningful lives, these 10 leaders were our beacons of inspiration in 2013.
By Damon Orion, Ilima Loomis, and Karen Bouris
“I Am Light” India.Arie
Since introducing herself to the public in 2001 with her refreshingly candid single “Video,” R&B singer-songwriter India.Arie consistently has used her music to promote self-acceptance, empowerment, and a sense of connection to spirit. Blessed with a smooth, soulful voice that seems to seep into the spaces between the beats of her songs, she brings a dose of wisdom and authenticity to a music industry in which glitz, materialism, and the ego are applauded. And her message has struck a chord: she has sold 10 million albums and won four Grammy Awards from a total of 21 nominations.
Arie returned to the music business in 2013 after a four-year hiatus. Explaining her departure from the spotlight, she says that she needed to give herself some distance to reflect on her life and her music. …