From the time the Devon, England-bred Stone emerged on the music scene at age 16, the sultry singer crooned her way to the hearts of many critics and her peers including the respect of black audiences. She’s got this throaty and soulful sound that is unique and fresh, yet still pays homage to the greats. Stone was nominated for three Grammy Awards in 2005, including Best New Artist, and performed a memorable tribute to Janis Joplin with Melissa Etheridge at the ceremony.
The same year she appeared on every American late-night and morning talk show and scored magazine features everywhere from Rolling Stone to Vanity Fair. In February 2006, she joined Stevie Wonder, John Legend, and for the Super Bowl XL pre-game show, while on the night of the 2006 Grammy Awards, she appeared with Legend and Van Hunt singing a medley of hits by soul star Sly Stone. Their cover of “Family Affair,” which appears on the Sly Stone tribute album Different Strokes By Different Folks, has been nominated this year for a Grammy Award for “Best R&B Performance By A Duo or Group.”
Ms. Stone has been featured in GAP commercials and released her second single off her third album. Some of my favorite songs off of ‘Introducing Joss Stone’ are,”Music”, “Bad Habit”, “HeadTurner”, and the Diane Warren-penned, ”Bruised but Not Broken”. I love Joss’s ability to grapple Ms. Warren’s words and bring them to life.
It seems the right artist get the right songs from Ms. Warren and Joss Stone’s, rendition of the heartfelt and empowering ballad is a prime example of that. Overall, I’m highly impressed by the album and wished we had more music like this to blast on self-gifted car stereo systems. You can find out more about Joss Stone and purchase her album at www.jossstone.com