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Joss Stone
Whatever you’ve seen, forget it. You do not know Joss Stone. She insists; we’ll take her word for it. Her remarkable new album, Introducing Joss Stone, is her third full-length album, and the first that’s “truly” her. “That’s why I’m calling it Introducing Joss Stone. These are my words, and this is who I am as an artist.”

Joscelyn Eve Stoker, or Joss Stone, turns 20 this month. And for a 20-year-old, she’s got an impressive line of credits to her name. Her love of soul music started as a child, growing up in England. She felt for the soulful works of such R&B greats as Dusty Springfield and Aretha Franklin. When she began singing, it was almost hard to ignore the undeniable influence these legends had on her voice. Stone appeared on a BBC talent show singing Donna Summer’s On The Radio at the age of 14.

Just a year later, she made her way across the Atlantic to NYC, where she signed a record deal. The Soul Sessions was her first release, and she covered a number of classic soul singers’ previous releases. The only contemporary single was Jack White’s Fell In Love With A Girl, the Girl became Boy, and the track became a soulful ballad, as opposed to White’s original guitar-heavy rocker. The track, and the album, made waves, and people sat up and took note of this young, talented soul. Not just the general public, but the album received praise from critics as well.

All that critical acclaim, and Stone was soon recording her second effort. Mind, Body & Soul was released a year after The Soul Sessions and brought far more commercial success to her, adding songstress to the talented singer’s list of accomplishments. The album shot to #1 on the UK charts, making Stone the youngest female singer to have a #1 album in the UK, a record previously held by another young achiever in this magazine, Avril Lavigne. The album produced some immensely popular hit singles, You Had Me and Don’t Cha Wanna Ride.

After the success of her sophomore record, Stone began hitting the stage, performing at a number of concerts, charities, and events. She joined Band Aid 20, alongside Bono and Chris Martin, singing on Do They Know It’s Christmas Time. Incidentally, she was born two years after the first Band Aid single was released. She has appeared on stage with the who’s who of pop, rock and R&B, including Robbie Williams, Patti LaBelle, Gladys Knight and Debbie Harry, The Rolling Stones, Elton John, Smokie Robinson, and in a phenomenal performance with Melissa Etheridge. The latter was a tribute to Janis Joplin, at the 2005 Grammy Music Awards.

You can read the rest of our feature on Joss Stone in the April 2007 issue of The Record Music Magazine available at your local newsagent.


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