“Britain is a wicked place full of culture and great people” – Joss Stone on campaigning for a Little Britain being recognized as a community in Manhattan
Will The Real Joss Stone Please Stand Up?
From a child-like age of 14 when she won a BBC talent contest, British born soul singer and songwriter was destined for musical greatness. Her phenomenal voice, British charm with an American attitude was just the perfect mix for talent waiting to make a name in the pop-soul genre. From a debut album of little known soul covers in 2001 at age 16 to be asked to sing “My Generation” as a tribute to The Who in 2008, Joss Stone has come a long way. The gifted singer has broadened her creative aspiration by even starring in Hollywood movie and also playing a British monarch in the hit TV series The Tudors. Joss Stone also champions many philanthropic causes world wide.
A Destiny’s Child
Born in Devon, Joss Stone had an early fascination for music. She grew up listening to American soul music and fell in love with Aretha Franklin. After leaving school and traveling to London to win a BBC talent show, Joss Stone at the tender age of 15 she was flying to New York for an audition and was immediately signed. Things were moving so quickly that Joss Stone found her self in Miami with respected soul artists recording her first album of cover versions.
From Devon to America
She later told MTV that she could not believe what was happening to her, it was all too good to be true! The first album “The Soul Sessions” came out in late 2003 and was critically acclaimed. Showing her versatility she recorded the White Stripe song “Fell in Love with a Girl” with her version called “Fell in love with a boy”. The song was a soulful take on the alternative version. The first album was a critical success and the music press was hailing her as a new bright hope for soul music.
Her next two albums would cement her place as a serious artist with a lot of potential. In 2004, Joss Stone released her second album Mind, Body and Soul. A record showcasing her songwriting abilities was a no.1 on the UK alum charts. The album gave her the commercial success she wanted and also a hit single in “You had me You Lost Me”. Recorded in New York on Aug 14 2003 the day NYC had the great black out.
The Soul Diva
It was the very first song which had Joss Stone on the writing credits. Joss toured America behind the album and it pushed the record sales to platinum status in America. During this time Joss Stone started seeing Beau Dozier who also collaborated with her on the album. In 2007 she released her third album “Introducing Joss Stone”, with collaborations from soul icon Lauryn Hill. For most ‘07 she was on tour promoting the album and also won her first Grammy. The third album had some wonderful moments where the power vocals of Joss Stone were the highlights. The easy listening was layered with simple production and touch of hip-hop as well
In the last few years Joss Stone has been in the news for many different reasons. Collaborating with legendary artist Carlos Santana for his solo album, performing Queen hit “Under Pressure” at Wembley Stadium for Concert for Diana. Recorded her fourth album Color me Free in a week in Devon and releasing it in 2009 to critical and semi-commercial success. But there were other things on her mind. Like starring in Hollywood movie Eragon and playing a German noblewomen and the fifth wife of Henry VII for the TV series The Tudors. Stone has also been endorsing products such as GAP and Flake. Voted the “Sexiest Veggie Alive” by PETA only added to the now media loving persona.
Genius Loves Company! Collaborations and Celluloid
Joss Stone also performed several high-profile gigs such as the Live 8 and the Nelson Mandela concerts to critical acclaim. At only 23 she has managed to create an identity for herself in the world of soul/pop music. The expectations are very high for this multi-talented artist. Her voice is her greatest gift making her sound much older than her age. Her songwriting talent has grown over the course of 4 years and her music style is still very influenced by the likes of Aretha Franklin and Dusty Springfield.
Did you know that...
- ...Joss Stone is the youngest woman to appear on the Sunday Times rich list
- ...she was back-up singer for Britney Spears before going solo
- ...Joss performs barefoot on stage