Soul singer India.ARIE was honoured when soul legend Stevie Wonder chose her as his favourite modern singer.

Stevie said that India was the modern songwriter who struck him as having equivalent potential to Bob Dylan.

He said, "A gentle genius lives in the mind, voice and hands of this woman."

India now says she was delighted with his comments and remembers her encounters with Stevie very fondly.

She says, "That was an honour.

"He's funny. He's very playful, and very wise. He purposely imparts wisdom to young people, he's always there to help, that's him."