It's been a long four years since India.Arie released her most recent studio album (2009's Testimony: Vol. 2, Love & Politics), but according to her music label, a new release will be on it's way to stores later this year. India's devoted fans have heard that before -- several times in fact -- but this time it looks like it will actually happen. Not only does her fifth album now have an official title, SongVersation, there's even a mid-summer release date attached to it. And here's a few more details: it was recorded in Los Angeles as well as in India's hometown of Atlanta, and was produced by India herself and Grammy-winning songwriter Shannon Sanders, with additional production from singer-songwriter David Ryan Harris and songwriter Michael Ruff. But the most convincing piece of evidence that her upcoming album is near is that a brand new single, "Cocoa Butter," is slated for release to radio stations on April 1, 2013. The song is about the healing power of love:
"My heart was bruised, that's what happens when you use it, someone turned it all black and blue, it's been that way so long the sight became familiar, and then your love came in, just like a natural healer," she sings. "You've got a way of making it all okay, you make it okay, your love is like cocoa butter on my heart."
India's SongVersation album is due in stores June 25 via Songbird/Motown, and "Cocoa Butter" will be available at digital retailers beginning April 9. But you don't have to wait until the song hits iTunes or the radio to hear it: it can be streamed via the top link below.