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Joss Stone

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Date of Birth:11 April 1987
Birthplace:Dover, Kent, England
First Name:Joss
Last Name:Stone
Height:5' 10" (178 cm)
Hair Color:Blonde
Star Sign:Aries
Claim to Fame:Mind, Body and Soul
Occupation Category:Singer
Music Genre:R&B/Soul
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Biography for Joss Stone

Joss Stone (born Jocelyn Eve Stoker on 11 Apr. 1987 (34 years ago)) is an English soul and R&B singer–songwriter and actress. Stone emerged to fame in late 2003 (18 years ago) with her multi-platinum debut album, The Soul Sessions, which made the 2004 (17 years ago) Mercury Prize shortlist. Her second album, the equally multi-platinum Mind, Body & Soul, topped the UK Albums Chart for one week and spawned the top ten hit "You Had Me", Stone's most successful single on the UK Singles Chart to date. Both album and single each received one nomination at the 2005 (16 years ago) Grammy Awards, while Stone herself was nominated for Best New Artist. Stone's latest album, Introducing Joss Stone, released in Mar. 2007 (14 years ago), has achieved gold status by the RIAA.

Throughout her career, Stone has sold over ten million albums worldwide. Her first three albums have sold over 2,722,000 copies in the United States, while her first two albums have sold over 2,000,000 copies in United Kingdom. Stone has won two BRIT Awards and one Grammy Award. She also made her acting debut in late 2006 (15 years ago) with the fantasy adventure movie Eragon, as the witch Angela, and she made her TV debut portraying Anne of Cleves in the Showtime series The Tudors (4 walls) in 2009 (12 years ago).

Early years

Stone was born at Buckland Hospital in Dover, Kent, and spent her teenage years in Ashill, a small village in Devon. She is the third of four children born to Richard and Wendy Stoker. Her father owns a fruit and nut import/export business; her mother, who used to manage holiday cottages, worked as Stone's manager until Oct. 2004 (17 years ago). Stone made her first public appearance at the Uffculme Comprehensive School—which she attended—in Uffculme, Devon, with a cover of Jackie Wilson's 1957 (64 years ago) song "Reet Petite". Because of her dyslexia, Stone left school at age sixteen with only three GCSE qualifications. "It wasn't that I was stupid. I'm just a little bit dyslexic and I wasn't very academic. I'm more artistic", she says.

Stone grew up listening to a wide variety of music including 1960 (61 years ago) and 1970 (51 years ago) American R&B and soul music performed by such artists as Dusty Springfield and Aretha Franklin; as a result, she developed a soulful style of singing like her idols. "My first CD that I owned was Aretha Franklin: Greatest Hits. And I saw the advert on TV and it was just like little clips of her songs. I had no idea who she was—I was only like 10 so. I said, 'Oh yeah, that looks really good', so I wrote it down and I said to my mum, 'Can I have that for Christmas?' So she told my friend Dennis, who always gets me good music anyway, and he got that for me. So that was one of my first albums that I loved." She would later tell MTV News: "I kind of clicked into soul music more than anything else because of the vocals. You've got to have good vocals to sing soul music and I always liked it ever since I was little."


Music career

In 2001 (20 years ago), at the age of fourteen, Stone auditioned for the BBC TV talent show Star for a Night in London singing Franklin's 1968 (53 years ago) Goffin-King hit "(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman" and Whitney Houston's 1998 (23 years ago) "It's Not Right but It's Okay". After passing her audition, she sang Donna Summer's 1979 (42 years ago) "On the Radio" for the broadcast, and eventually won the contest. Stone then performed on a charity show, where she drew the attention of the Boilerhouse Boys, composed of London-based producers Andy Dean and Ben Wolfe, who contacted S-Curve Records founder and chief executive officer Steve Greenberg in dec. 2001 (20 years ago) telling him that "they had just heard the greatest singer they'd ever heard from their country." In early 2002 (19 years ago), Greenberg flew Stone to New York City for an audition, in which she sang to backing tracks of classic soul songs: Otis Redding's 1968 (53 years ago) "(Sittin' On) The Dock of the Bay", Gladys Knight & the Pips' 1973 (48 years ago) "Midnight Train to Georgia", and Franklin's "(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman"; Greenberg instantly signed her to his label. Since then, she has appeared onstage with artists such as James Brown, Smokey Robinson, Donna Summer, Gladys Knight, Tom Jones, Robbie Williams, Melissa Etheridge, Rob Thomas, Rod Stewart, and Blondie. Stone is well-known for her trademark barefoot performances.

2003–2004: The Soul Sessions
After being signed by S-Curve Records, Stone flew to Miami and Philadelphia to start work on her debut album, The Soul Sessions, released on 16 sep. 2003 (18 years ago). She collaborated with people with solid credentials in the Miami soul scene such as Betty Wright, Benny Latimore, Timmy Thomas, and Little Beaver as well as contemporary acts Angie Stone and The Roots.

The album consists of little-known soul tracks by Wright, Franklin, Laura Lee, Bettye Swann, and others. Released in late 2003 (18 years ago), it reached the top five on the UK Albums Chart as well as the top forty of the U.S. Billboard 200 chart. The lead single, "Fell in Love with a Boy", a reworking of The White Stripes' 2001 (20 years ago) "Fell in Love with a Girl", reached the top twenty of the UK Singles Chart, as did the second single, a cover version of Sugar Billy's 1974 (47 years ago) song "Super Duper Love (Are You Diggin' on Me)". The album eventually went triple platinum by the British Phonographic Industry in mid-April 2005 (16 years ago) and gold by the Recording Industry Association of America in late Mar. 2004 (17 years ago).

2004–2005: Mind, Body & Soul
After achieving critical acclaim with The Soul Sessions, Stone recorded her second album—this time with new material—Mind, Body & Soul, released on 28 sep. 2004 (17 years ago). She was quoted to say this was her real debut. "I think my singing is so much better on this album", she says. It proved to be an even bigger success than her previous album, as it debuted at number one in the UK (breaking the record for the youngest female ever to top the UK Albums Chart, a record previously held by Avril Lavigne (141 walls)) and just missed the top ten of the U.S. Billboard 200, after peaking at number eleven. The lead single, "You Had Me", became her biggest hit to date when it rose to number nine in the UK. Follow-up singles "Right to Be Wrong" and "Spoiled" both made the top forty, and "Don't Cha Wanna Ride", the top twenty. "Spoiled" landed just outside the top fifty of U.S. Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs, peaking at number fifty-four. In early sep. 2005 (16 years ago), Mind, Body & Soul was certified triple platinum by the BPI and platinum by the RIAA.

At the 2005 (16 years ago) BRIT Awards, Stone won for British Female Solo Artist and British Urban Act—entering the Guinness World Records as the youngest BRIT Award solo winner at age seventeen—, and was nominated for British Breakthrough Act. She performed "Angels" with Robbie Williams during the ceremony, which took place on 9 Feb. 2005 (16 years ago). She also received a nomination for Best UK Act of the Year at the 2005 (16 years ago) MOBO Awards, as well as three nominations for the 2005 (16 years ago) Grammy Awards—Best New Artist, Best Female Pop Vocal Performance for "You Had Me", and Best Pop Vocal Album for Mind, Body & Soul—, where she sang with rock performer Melissa Etheridge, in tribute to blues-rock singer Janis Joplin. Their performance of "Cry Baby/Piece of My Heart" was released as a single, and through the aid of strong digital download sales, became Stone's first single to enter the U.S. Billboard Hot 100, when it debuted and peaked at number thirty-two the week of 2 Apr. 2005 (16 years ago).

2007–2008: Introducing Joss Stone
Stone began work on her third studio album, Introducing Joss Stone, at Compass Point Studios in Nassau, Bahamas, in May 2006 (15 years ago). Released on 12 Mar. 2007 (14 years ago), it involves production by Raphael Saadiq and collaborations with Lauryn Hill, Common, and Joi. Virgin Records describes the album as "an electrifying mix of warm vintage soul, '70s-style R&B, Motown girl-group harmonies, and hip-hop grooves". Stone herself describes it as "truly me. That's why I'm calling it Introducing Joss Stone. These are my words, and this is who I am as an artist." She also revealed on The Tavis Smiley Show that her break-up with Beau Dozier was a source of inspiration while writing Introducing Joss Stone.

The album debuted and peaked at number twelve on the UK Albums Chart, not managing to match the success of Stone's two previous albums. It nevertheless debuted at number two on the Billboard 200 selling 118,000 copies in its first week, becoming the highest debut for a British solo female artist on the U.S. chart, surpassing the record previously held by Amy Winehouse with Back to Black (which in turn would later be outdone by Leona Lewis (3 walls), whose album Spirit debuted at number one the week of 26 Apr. 2008 (13 years ago)). Stone was nominated for the MOBO Award for Best UK Female in sep. 2007 (14 years ago), but lost out to Winehouse.

Stone at the 2007 (14 years ago) MuchMusic Video Awards."Tell Me 'bout It", the album's lead single, debuted and peaked at number twenty-eight on the UK Singles Chart—where it stayed for three weeks only—, and peaked at number eighty-three on the U.S Billboard Hot 100. The second single, "Tell Me What We're Gonna Do Now", a collaboration with rapper Common, failed to chart inside the UK top seventy-five, but made the top sixty-five of the U.S. Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs. "Baby Baby Baby" was released digitally in dec. 2007 (14 years ago) and physically in Jan. 2008 (13 years ago) as the third single.

In support of the album, Stone embarked on a North American tour which began on 27 Apr. at Foxwoods Resort Casino in Ledyard, Connecticut, and ended on 13 Jun. at the Filene Center in Vienna, Virginia, visiting sixteen cities in total including Philadelphia, San Francisco, Vancouver, Chicago, Toronto, New York City, and Boston. Two months later, she went on a North American late-summer tour which kicked off on 27 Aug. at the Greek Theatre in Los Angeles, California, and ended on 29 sep. at the Crossroads in Kansas City, Missouri, covering twelve cities—this time including Mexico City.

At the 2007 (14 years ago) Grammy Awards, Stone shared the award for Best R&B Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocals for her collaboration with John Legend and Van Hunt on their 2005 (16 years ago) cover of Sly & the Family Stone's 1971 (50 years ago) chart-topper "Family Affair".

On 21 Apr. 2008 (13 years ago), Starpulse reported that Stone is going to launch a legal battle in a bid to leave her record label, EMI, and free her of her current three-album deal with the record label. She says, "I'm not happy at all with EMI. I've spoken to my lawyers and am seeing what my options are. The industry is in a state and EMI are in a state, so I would rather work on other things."

2008–present: Colour Me Free
Stone revealed to Billboard magazine that her fourth studio album was written and recorded in about a week in Devon in early 2008 (13 years ago). "I kind of woke up one morning and wanted to make an album", she says. "It's very, very raw. It's a bunch of musicians, writers and myself, and we're just jamming, basically." In promotion of the album, entitled Colour Me Free, Stone played concerts throughout the United Kingdom in Feb. and March. Originally scheduled for release in Apr. 2009 (12 years ago), EMI delayed the album's release until July. Due to Stone's desire to leave EMI claiming "no working relationship", the release date is currently unknown.

Other works

In Jul. 2005 (16 years ago), Stone lent her voice to the Fantastic Four soundtrack, singing the title song "What Ever Happened to the Heroes", written by Pink, Billy Mann, and Christopher Rojas and produced by Beau Dozier shortly before their break-up in Nov. 2005 (16 years ago).

Stone performed a medley of "It's a Man's Man's Man's World" and "Papa's Got a Brand New Bag" with funk legend James Brown on BBC One's chat show Friday Night with Jonathan Ross on 1 Jul. 2005 (16 years ago), and sang a duet with Rob Thomas on a cover of Stevie Nicks's 1981 (40 years ago) song "Stop Draggin' My Heart Around" at Fashion Rocks 2005 (16 years ago) on 8 sep. 2005 (16 years ago). On 5 Feb. 2006 (15 years ago), Stone joined Stevie Wonder, India.Arie, and John Legend during the Super Bowl XL pre-game ceremonies to perform a medley of Wonder's hits. Three days later, on 8 February, on the night of the 2006 (15 years ago) Grammy Awards, she helped perform a medley of Sly & the Family Stone's hits alongside Legend, Ciara, Maroon 5,, Robert Randolph, Steven Tyler, and Joe Perry.

Stone collaborated with jazz pianist Herbie Hancock and blues singer-guitarist Jonny Lang on a cover of U2's 1988 (33 years ago) song "When Love Comes to Town" for Hancock's 2005 (16 years ago) album Possibilities. That same year, Stone was featured along with Sean Paul on Santana's "Cry Baby Cry", and worked with Patti LaBelle on a remake of the latter's 1985 (36 years ago) song "Stir It Up" for the soundtrack to the Disney animated movie Chicken Little. "I first heard her before I had seen her, and I said, 'Where is that black girl from?' She sounded like a black girl! No, no, not a girl—a black woman", LaBelle said of Stone. She also collaborated with Lemar in 2006 (15 years ago) on his third studio album, The Truth About Love, on the track "Anniversary".

On 28 Jun. 2007 (14 years ago), Stone asked Queen guitarist Brian May to perform "Under Pressure" with her at the Concert for Diana, held at Wembley Stadium, London, on 1 Jul. 2007 (14 years ago). Although May had initially accepted, he eventually declined as he realised how different the arrangement was from the original, stating that "he was not going to be able to do it justice". Stone went on to perform the song solo as well as her hit "You Had Me" and a cover of Homer Banks's 1966 (55 years ago) "Ain't That a Lot of Love" with Tom Jones.

Stone covered Nat King Cole's 1965 (56 years ago) classic "L-O-V-E" for the latest advertising campaign for Chanel's Coco Mademoiselle fragrance. The Joe Wright-directed short film, entitled Coco Mademoiselle, stars Academy Award nominee Keira Knightley (93 walls) as fashion legend Coco Chanel. Also, for the Christmas season, Stone recorded the song "All I Want for Christmas", written and produced by Emmy Award-nominated songwriter Dan Mackenzie, during her European tour in Nov. 2007 (14 years ago). Both songs were made available on iTunes, the former on 18 sep. 2007 (14 years ago) and the latter on 18 dec. 2007 (14 years ago).

In 2007 (14 years ago), Stone collaborated with Beninese singer Angélique Kidjo on a cover of The Rolling Stones' 1969 (52 years ago) song "Gimme Shelter" for Kidjo's album Djin Djin, and made a cameo appearance in Mexican singer Aleks Syntek's music video "Historias de Danzón y de Arrabal". The following year, Stone appeared on Randy Jackson's compilation album Randy Jackson's Music Club, Vol. 1 with the song "Just Walk on By", which contains a sample from Dionne Warwick's 1964 (57 years ago) song "Walk on By". The song was originally supposed to feature Three 6 Mafia in addition to Stone, but the rap group did not make the cut for unknown reasons.

On 29 Nov. 2007 (14 years ago), Stone joined Jeff Beck on a duet of The Impressions's 1965 (56 years ago) song "People Get Ready" as part of his series of concerts at London's Ronnie Scott's, documented on the DVD (Digital Versatile Disc) Performing This Week: Live at Ronnie Scott's.

On 7 dec. 2007 (14 years ago), Stone performed live with LeAnn Rimes on the TV show CMT Crossroads, which pairs country artists with artists from other music genres. The repertoire included Stone's "Super Duper Love", "Fell in Love with a Boy", and "Tell Me 'bout It", and Rimes's "Nothin' Better to Do", "Good Friend and a Glass of Wine", and "How Do I Live", as well as the jazz standard "Summertime". Their performance of "Tell Me 'bout It" was announced on 5 Feb. 2008 (13 years ago) as one of the first-round nominees for Performance of the Year at the 2008 (13 years ago) CMT Music Awards.

Stone contributed to the soundtrack to the 2008 (13 years ago) movie adaptation of Sex and the City with overdubbed vocals on Al Green's 1972 (49 years ago) classic "How Can You Mend a Broken Heart", reinvented as a duet.

Stone recorded a new version of the song "Unchained Melody" (first recorded by Todd Duncan in 1955 (66 years ago)) with French singer Johnny Hallyday on his 2008 (13 years ago) album Ça ne finira jamais, on which Stone sings the original English lyrics while Hallyday sings the lyrics to Les Chaussettes Noires' 1962 (59 years ago) French-language version "Les enchaînés".

On 26 Oct. 2008 (13 years ago), Stone sang the British national anthem, God Save the Queen, before the NFL match between the San Diego Chargers and the New Orleans Saints, held at Wembley Stadium, London.

On 7 dec. 2008 (13 years ago), Stone performed The Who's 1965 (56 years ago) song "My Generation" on CBS's Kennedy Center Honors TV special at the Kennedy Center, Washington, D.C., honouring Pete Townshend and Roger Daltrey.

On 27 dec. 2008 (13 years ago), Stone released the song "The Anti-Christmas Carol" and its video on her website as the 2008 (13 years ago) Christmas gift. In contrast to most Christmas songs, which state that Christmas is the most delightful time of the year, in "The Anti-Christmas Carol" Stone states that she is happy that Christmas only occurs once a year, because of all the stress she experienced during her family dinner.

Stone performed a duet with Yolanda Adams on Adams's 1991 (30 years ago) song "Just a Prayer Away" in honour of movie director Tyler Perry at the 2009 (12 years ago) BET Honors, held at the Warner Theatre in Washington, D.C. on 17 January.

Stone appeared on American Idol on 26 Mar. 2009 (12 years ago) singing a duet with Motown artist Smokey Robinson entitled "You're the One for Me", from his upcoming album Time Flies When You're Having Fun.

In April, 2009 (12 years ago), Stone was featured in two songs on Tower of Power's most recent album, "Great American Soul Book." Stone sings on "It Takes Two" and "Your Precious Love" with the legendary R&B, funk, and soul group.

In 2009 (12 years ago), Stone, along with Buick Audra, recorded a version of the 1920 (101 years ago) gospel children's song "This Little Light of Mine" for the EMI Gospel/Vector Recordings compilation album Oh Happy Day: An All-Star Music Celebration.

Screen career

Stone made her movie debut in the fantasy adventure movie Eragon (based on the 2003 (18 years ago) novel of the same name by Christopher Paolini), directed by Stefen Fangmeier and released on 15 dec. 2006 (15 years ago), playing the witch Angela. Of the experience, Stone said, "I was like, 'Why do you want me? I'm a singer, for Christ's sake.' I don't know why [Fangmeier] wanted me, but he did. I'm always getting approached for films—maybe they see me onstage and see the way I get all emotional. But I was like, 'Hey, let's do it.' I never really take anything seriously until I have to, and acting is fun. I never thought I'd do it, but hey, why not, man?"

In Mar. 2008 (13 years ago), Stone signed up for the role of a lesbian named Stephanie in the upcoming British romantic comedy Snappers. "I just wanted to challenge myself. There are things in the movie that are going to really push the boundaries, and that excites me! I can also confirm there will be a long lingering French kiss, but it won't be with a male!", Stone said. In addition to acting, she will produce the film's soundtrack. The film, which will also star Chloe Howman, Caroline Quentin, and Bruce Jones, will premiere at the English Riviera Comedy movie Festival in sep. 2008 (13 years ago).

Stone made her TV debut portraying Henry VIII's fourth wife Anne of Cleves in the current season three of Showtime's series The Tudors (4 walls), and will reprise the role in the show's final season in 2010 (11 years ago).

Personal life

Stone began dating Beau Dozier—with whom she co-wrote the song "Spoiled"—, son of Motown producer Lamont Dozier (from the Holland-Dozier-Holland fame), in 2004 (17 years ago). She moved from her native England into Dozier's villa in the Los Angeles neighbourhood of Encino the following year. The two split up in Nov. 2005 (16 years ago).

Stone was the youngest woman on the 2006 (15 years ago) Sunday Times Rich List—an annual list of the UK's wealthiest people—with £6 million, and was also ranked number seventy-eight on Maxim's 2007 (14 years ago) Hot 100.


  • Eragon
  • Snappers
  • Slightly Single in L.A.

TV-shows (series)


  • 2003 (18 years ago): The Soul Sessions
  • 2004 (17 years ago): Mind, Body & Soul
  • 2007 (14 years ago): Introducing Joss Stone
  • 2009 (12 years ago): Colour Me Free

Awards and nominations

  • Mercury Prize
  • Glamour Women of the Year Award
  • HUMO's Pop Poll de Luxe
  • BRIT Award
  • Grammy Award
  • MOBO Award
  • Capital FM Award
  • Grammy Award
  • MOBO Award


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