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Joss Stone’s Road To Glory

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Joss Stone spent her teen years in the rural town of Devon, where she
bought her first album, Aretha Franklin's Greatest Hits, which inspired
her to become a singer. At the age of 14, she auditioned for a popular
BBC show, Star for a Night.

Therein, Joscelyn thought that she could do better than the
indistinguishable flock of pop star wannabes, who were mangling the
popular classics. Once onstage, the audience expected another squeaky
blonde cutie to sort of entertain them...


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Joss Stone spent her teen years in the rural town of Devon, where she
bought her first album, Aretha Franklin's Greatest Hits, which inspired
her to become a singer. At the age of 14, she auditioned for a popular
BBC show, Star for a Night.

Therein, Joscelyn thought that she could do better than the
indistinguishable flock of pop star wannabes, who were mangling the
popular classics. Once onstage, the audience expected another squeaky
blonde cutie to sort of entertain them; but out of this giggly teenager
came a vocal reincarnation of Gladys Knight rolled up with Janis Joplin
and a dash of Dusty Springfield, as she performed Aretha Franklin's
classic "(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman." She was signed to an
agent right away.

Stone began working on her third studio album, Introducing Joss Stone, at
Compass Point Studios in Nassau, Bahamas, in May 2006. It was released on
12 March 2007 in the UK on Virgin Records, involving production by
Raphael Saadiq and collaborations with Lauryn Hill, Common, and Joi.
Virgin describes it 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 at number twelve on the UK Albums Chart. It also 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.
charts, surpassing the record previously held by Amy Winehouse with Back
to Black. It has sold 60,000 copies in the UK since its release, gaining
silver status on the charts.
Joss Stone may have cast off her sunshine-sweet hippy image and become a
scarlet-haired siren for this, her third studio album, but she appears to
have devoted more attention to her appearance than her material. Despite
skillful production by Raphael Saadiq (Mary J. Blige, the Roots, TLC),
Introducing... is an unremarkable collection that blends uptempo, Motown-
esque beats with Stone's trademark crooning. The lead single "Tell Me
'Bout It" is typical of this sound: Built from equal measures faux-
vintage production effects and sexually-amped lyrical platitudes, it is
pleasant, but wholly forgettable.

Typically, artists dispense with introductions after their debut -- after
all, that is an album designed to introduce them to the world -- but neo-
soul singer Joss Stone defiantly titled her third album Introducing Joss
Stone, thereby dismissing her first two relatively acclaimed albums with
one smooth stroke. She now claims that those records were made under
record-label pressure -- neatly contradicting the party line that her
debut, The Soul Sessions, turned into a retro-soul project after Joss
implored her label to ditch the Christina Aguilera-styled urban-pop she
was pursuing -- but now as a young adult of 19, she's free to pursue her
muse in her own fashion. All this is back-story to Introducing, but Stone
makes her modern metamorphosis plain on the album's very first track,
where football-star-turned-Hollywood-muscle Vinnie Jones talks about
change ("I see change, I embody change, all we do is change, yeah, I know
change, we're born to change" and so on and so forth), setting the stage
for some surprise -- which "Girl They Won't Believe It" kind of delivers,
if only because it isn't all that different from what Stone has done
before. It's a sprightly slice of Northern soul propelled by a bouncy
Motown beat that doesn't suggest a change in direction as much as a
slight shift in aesthetic.

				
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