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Joss Stone - BioCategory: Singers
Saturday, 9 June 2007
11:17:32 AM (GMT)
A teenager from Dover, England, Joss Stone's 2001 appearance on a BBC talent show
called Star for a Night singing the Donna Summer hit "On the Radio" brought her to
the attention of Steve Greenberg, founder and CEO of SCurve Records. He signed the
14yearold to a development deal, pairing her with soul singer Betty Wright, whose
"Clean up Woman" hit the Top Ten pop charts in 1975. Under Wright's mentorship,
Stone's powerful voice was refined somewhat, and with Wright coproducing, they
entered a Miami studio in the spring of 2003 to begin recording. 

Assembling a dream team of Miami musicians, including guitarist Little Beaver,
organist Timmy Thomas, and pianist Benny Latimore, the live sessions attempted to
recreate the powerful feel of the 1970s Miami soul sound. The resulting album, The
Soul Sessions, was released early in 2004, along with a first single, a cover of the
White Stripes' "Fell in Love With a Girl" (with its titled changed to "Fell in Love
With a Boy"), which included live backing by the Roots. Response to the album was
strong, with Stone's singing drawing comparisons to Bonnie Bramlett, Dusty
Springfield, Gladys Knight, Janis Joplin, and Aretha Franklin, which made for some
pretty heady company for such a young talent. In an era dominated by high, reedy
melismatic singing, Stone's grittier vocal approach to RB seemed almost drastic, and
by hearkening back to a golden age of soul, she may well have reinvented it for a
whole new generation. Work on a second album project, in collaboration with
songwriter Desmond Child, began in 2004.


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