Setting out to have collaboration with %cDave Grohl% of %cFoo Fighters% in August 2005, Joss Stone is going to make a great leap from soul to rock music. The year of 2005 so far has turned out to be a splendid period for this British performer. Not only she's been selected as the spokesperson for The Gap, but also she earned the title of The Sexiest Female Vegetarian Of The Year from People For The Ethical Treatment Of Animals (PETA). Having been participated in London's Live 8 Concert and in T in The Park Festival, she plans to exhibit her amazing skills at her U.K. tour in December. It is apparent that her star is indeed shimmering vividly.
Rather than attracted to British music, Joss has been deeply influenced by American music, especially soul and R&B tunes. Spending her early life in Devon, she enjoyed listening to %cAretha Franklin%'s songs which later inspired her to pursue a career in music. Born on April 11, 1987 in the town of Dover in Kent, she went to join an audition at BBC famous TV show, "Star for a Night", at the age of 14. Her performance was so brilliant that it impressed a talent agent who immediately signed her. This was the time when she changed her given name, Joscelyn Eve Stoker, to her current name that the world has recognized of. In order to develop her career, she, accompanied by her mother named Wendy, then decided to enter an audition in New York held by the CEO of S-Curve Records, Steve Greenberg, in 2002.
Singing her own version of %cDonna Summer%'s "On the Radio", Joss' skills enthralled Greenberg, thus he offered her a recording contract. She afterwards was sent to Miami for carrying out the recording sessions with the soul music veterans, namely renowned soul singer %cBetty Wright%, keyboardist Benny Latimore, guitarist Little Beaver, and organist %cTimmy Thomas%. In addition, she also worked with neo soul artists, %cAngie Stone% and %cThe Roots%. This list of notable musicians apparently made her felt daunted as she confessed to MTV News: "It was weird because they've worked with so many great, great singers I'm talking the best. I kind of walked in, just like this little girl and started singing." However, the result was marvelous as Joss, backed up by the team, came up with her debut album, "The Soul Sessions" on September 16, 2003.
With a collection of classic soul tracks by Wright, Franklin, Laura Lee and %cBettye Swann%, "Soul Sessions" strived to score a great success for Joss. Critically acclaimed, the album reached top five at U.K. album charts, spending five weeks in the top 20 until the end of February 2004. As for in U.S., it was included in the top 40 of Billboard 200 while getting number one at Billboard Heartseeker. Two of its tracks, "Fell in Love with a Boy," which originally entitled "Fell in Love with a Girl" sung by %cThe White Stripes%, and "Super Duper Love (Are You Diggin' On Me?)" also entered top 20 of U.K. singles charts. By summer, the album had sold more than 675,000 copies in U.S., automatically was certified gold. In the meantime, its worldwide sale had risen over two million copies, directing Joss to embrace huge popularity as well as to gain numerous fans.
Following this attainment, Joss, managed by her mother, embarked on her first U.S. tour. She also made appearances in screens, such as in "The Tonight Show" and "Motown 45." During this time, she started to gather materials for her next album, co-writing eleven out of the fourteen tracks. Supported by the same team, she finally released "Mind, Body & Soul" in the late September of 2004. This sophomore album turned out to surpass its predecessor, as it instantly became number one in U.K., bringing Joss to break the record previously held by %cAvril Lavigne% of being the youngest female singer to reach the top position of album charts. "Mind, Body & Soul" also resulted very well in U.S., hitting 11th rank at Billboard 200 Chart. Meanwhile, the singles "Right to Be Wrong" and "You Had Me" were the highlights of the album, getting frequently aired by many radio stations.
In addition to her success through "Mind, Body & Soul", Joss also was granted two Brit Awards of Best Female and Best Urban Act in February 2005. Furthermore, she earned three nominations at the 2005 Grammy Awards for the categories of Best New Artist, Best Female Pop Vocal Performance, and Best Pop Vocal Album. Although she did not win any, this indicated that she has developed into more than an ordinary teen artist. No wonder she has been lauded by press, such as E! Online, Newsweek, and The London Times. Quoting The Boston Globe, it is proper to say that there is little doubt she is a singer who will be around well into the next decade.
"Introducing Joss Stone," her third album, was released on March 12, 2007 in the United Kingdom and March 20th worldwide via Virgin Records. Was described by the recording studio as "an electrifying mix of warm vintage soul, '70s-style R&B, Motown girl-group harmonies, and hip-hop grooves," Joss herself tend to claim it as "truly me" just as apparent through the set's title. Just like its predecessors, the album was a success, debuted on the UK Albums Chart at number twelve selling over 27,000 in its first week, while debuted on the U.S. Billboard 200 at number two with first-week sales of over 124,000.
Already becomes famous, Joss slow but sure gets accustomed with her new world and its people. Young at age, the beauty showed her penchant for older men when she dated millionaire producer Beau Dozier when she was 17 and he was 25. They split after an 18-month relationship. Broken hearted by the split, she later on found a new love in %cRaphael Saadiq%, songwriter and record producer who is 21-years her senior.