Joss Stone


Joss Stone

Infobox Musical artist
Name = Joss Stone



Img_size = 200px
Img_capt = Joss Stone on the 2007 MuchMusic Video Awards red carpet in Toronto, Ontario, Canada on 17 June 2007
Background = solo_singer
Birth_name = Jocelyn Eve Stoker
Born = birth date and age|1987|4|11|df=yes
Dover, Kent, England
Origin =
Genre = Soul, R&B, neo soul, [cite web |url=http://allmusic.com/cg/amg.dll?p=amg&sql=11:3bfwxqy0ldte~T1 |title=Joss Stone > Biography |accessdate=2008-07-15 |coauthor=Leahey, Andrew; Wilson, MacKenzie |work=Allmusic] blues [cite web |url=http://www.myspace.com/jossstone |title=MySpace.com – Joss Stone |accessdate=2008-09-06 |work=MySpace]
Occupation = Singer-songwriter, actress
Years_active = 2003–present
Label = Relentless, S-Curve, Virgin
Associated_acts = Angie Stone, Betty Wright, The Roots, Raphael Saadiq, Common
URL = [http://www.jossstone.com/ www.jossstone.com]

Joss Stone (born Jocelyn Eve Stoker [cite web |url=http://www.findmypast.com/post84BMDSearchStart.action?&submit=1&route=X&searchType=B&fromYear=1986&toYear=1988&forename1=Jocelyn&surname=Stoker |title=Births – England & Wales 1984–2006 |accessdate=2008-05-03 |work=FindMyPast.com] on 11 April 1987) is an English soul and R&B singer-songwriter and actress. Stone emerged to fame in late 2003 with her multi-platinum debut album, "The Soul Sessions", which made the 2004 Mercury Prize shortlist. Her second album, the also-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 Grammy Awards, while Stone herself was nominated for Best New Artist. Stone's latest album, "Introducing Joss Stone", released in March 2007, has achieved gold status by the RIAA.

Throughout her career, Stone has sold over ten million albums worldwide, and has won two BRIT Awards and one Grammy Award. She also made her acting debut in late 2006 with the fantasy adventure film "Eragon", as the witch Angela, and she will make her television debut portraying Anne of Cleves in the Showtime series "The Tudors" in 2009.cite web |url=http://www.reuters.com/article/musicNews/idUSN0525768620080805 |title=Joss Stone playing homely wife in "Tudors" |accessdate=2008-08-05 |last=Andreeva |first=Nellie |date=5 August 2008 |work=The Hollywood Reporter]

Early life

Stone was born at Buckland Hospital [cite web |url=http://doversoul.tripod.com/id64.html |title=Dover's Soul Sensation Joss Stone |accessdate=2008-02-05 |date=16 October 2004 |work=Devon Soul] 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. [cite web |url=http://entertainment.timesonline.co.uk/article/0,,18909-1243965,00.html |title=Joss Stone |accessdate=2007-01-27 |last=Jackson |first=Alan |date=4 September 2004 |work=The Times] Stone made her first public appearance at the Uffculme Comprehensive School—which she attended [cite web |url=http://arts.guardian.co.uk/features/story/0,,1267463,00.html |title=The Guardian profile: Joss Stone |accessdate=2007-05-11 |last=Sullivan |first=Caroline |date=23 July 2004 |work=guardian.co.uk] —in Uffculme, Devon, with a cover of Jackie Wilson's 1957 song "Reet Petite". [cite web |url=http://www.onlineseats.com/joss-stone-tickets/index.asp |title=Joss Stone Tickets |accessdate=2007-05-11 |work=OnlineSeats.com] 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. [cite web |url=http://ca.askmen.com/gossip/joss-stone/joss-stone-insists--im-not-thick.html |title=Joss Stone insists – 'I'm not thick' |accessdate=2007-08-16 |date=16 October 2004 |work=AskMen.com]

Stone grew up listening to a wide variety of music including 1960s and 1970s 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." [cite web |url=http://www.cnn.com/2003/SHOWBIZ/Music/12/31/mroom.stone/ |title=Joss Stone takes on soul |accessdate=2008-06-15 |date=2 January 2004 |work=CNN] In 2001, at the age of fourteen, she auditioned for the BBC Television talent show "Star for a Night" in London singing Franklin's 1968 "(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman" and Whitney Houston's 1998 "It's Not Right but It's Okay", eventually winning.cite web |url=http://www.mtv.com/news/yhif/stone_joss/ |title=You Hear It First – Joss Stone |accessdate=2007-11-15 |last=D'Angelo |first=Joe |work=MTV News] [cite web |url=http://www.indielondon.co.uk/music/mu_joss_stone_bio.html |title=The lowdown on Dover's soul sensation, Joss Stone |accessdate=2007-11-15 |last=Foley |first=Jack |work=IndieLondon.co.uk] She told 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 2002, Stone decided to back her ability by flying out from England for an audition in New York City with S-Curve Records CEO Steve Greenberg, where she performed Donna Summer's 1979 "On the Radio".cite web |url=http://www.enotes.com/contemporary-musicians/stone-joss-biography |title=Stone, Joss Biography: Contemporary Musicians |accessdate=2008-01-13 |last=Lankford, Jr. |first=Ronnie D. |work=eNotes.com] Since then, she has appeared onstage with artists such as James Brown,cite web |url=http://www.bbc.co.uk/pressoffice/pressreleases/stories/2005/06_june/29/ross.shtml |title=James Brown and Joss Stone rip it up with Jonathan Ross |accessdate=2008-05-03 |date=29 June 2005 |work=BBC] Smokey Robinson, Donna Summer,cite web |url=http://news.sawf.org/Entertainment/1025.aspx |title=Mariah Carey, Alicia Keys, Rod Stewart And Others Sing At VH1's Most Unforgettable Night |accessdate=2008-05-17 |date=14 April 2005 |work=Sawf News] Gladys Knight, Tom Jones,cite web |url=http://www.instyle.com/instyle/parties/party/0,,20043826_20064851,00.html |title=Joss Stone and Tom Jones |accessdate=2008-05-17 |work=In Style] Robbie Williams,cite web |url=http://www.contactmusic.com/new/xmlfeed.nsf/mndwebpages/williams%20mixed%20feelings%20over%20stone |title=Williams' Mixed Feelings Over Stone |accessdate=2008-05-17 |date=10 February 2005 |work=ContactMusic.com] Melissa Etheridge, Rob Thomas,cite web |url=http://top40.about.com/od/concerts/a/fashionrocks.htm |title=Fashion Rocks 2005 with David Bowie, Gwen Stefani, and Rob Thomas |accessdate=2008-05-17 |last=Lamb |first=Bill |work=About.com] Rod Stewart, and Blondie.

"The Soul Sessions" (2003)

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 September 2003. 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, 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 "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 song "Super Duper Love (Are You Diggin' on Me)". The album eventually went triple platinum by the BPI in mid-April 2005 and gold by the RIAA in late March 2004.

"Mind, Body & Soul" (2004)

After achieving critical acclaim with "The Soul Sessions", Stone recorded her second album—this time with new material—"Mind, Body & Soul", released on 28 September 2004. She was quoted to say this was her real debut. "I think my singing is so much better on this album", she says. [cite web |url=http://www.soundgenerator.com/viewArticle.cfm?ArticleID=3973 |title=Joss Stone Prepares To Deliver "Mind, Body & Soul" |accessdate=2008-04-07 |date=3 August 2004 |work=Soundgenerator.com] 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, [cite web |url=http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/entertainment/music/3739464.stm |title=US chart success for Joss Stone |accessdate=2008-02-16 |date=13 October 2004 |work=BBC News] a record previously held by Avril Lavigne) 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 September 2005, "Mind, Body & Soul" was certified triple platinum by the BPI and platinum by the RIAA.

At the 2005 BRIT Awards, Stone was nominated for British Breakthrough Act, and won British Female Solo Artist and British Urban Act, entering the "Guinness World Records" as the youngest BRIT Award solo winner at age seventeen. She performed "Angels" with Robbie Williams during the ceremony, which took place on 9 February 2005. She also received a nomination for Best UK Act of the Year at the 2005 MOBO Awards as well as three nominations for the 2005 Grammy AwardsBest New Artist, Best Female Pop Vocal Performance for "You Had Me", and Best Pop Vocal Album for "Mind, Body & Soul"—, where she sang barefoot onstage 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.

"Introducing Joss Stone" (2007)

Stone began work on her third studio album, "Introducing Joss Stone", at Compass Point Studios in Nassau, Bahamas, in May 2006. [cite web |url=http://www.psychopedia.com/dailynews/2006/10/my_town_barbadossoul_princess.html |title=Soul Princess Joss Stone's Favorite Isle |accessdate=2007-03-09 |date=13 October 2006 |work=psychoPEDIA] Released on 12 March 2007, 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".cite web |url=http://harpmagazine.com/news/detail.cfm?article=10828 |title=Joss Stone Discusses New Album, Due March 20, With HARP |accessdate=2007-01-27 |last=Konrad |first=Ashley |date=18 January 2007 |work=Harp] 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". [cite web |url=http://www.pbs.org/kcet/tavissmiley/archive/200703/20070319_stone.html |title=Tavis Smiley Archives – Joss Stone |accessdate=2007-03-23 |date=19 March 2007 |work=PBS]

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, [cite web |url=http://www.billboard.com/bbcom/news/article_display.jsp?vnu_content_id=1003563939 |title=Modest Mouse Steers Its 'Ship' To No. 1 Debut |accessdate=2008-04-30 |last=Hasty |first=Katie |date=28 March 2007 |work=Billboard] 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" [cite web |url=http://www.mtv.co.uk/channel/mtvuk/news/29032007/joss_beats_winehouse |title=Joss Beats Winehouse |accessdate=2007-03-29 |last=James |first=Sarah-Louise |date=29 March 2007 |work=MTV UK] (which in turn would later be outdone by Leona Lewis, whose album "Spirit" debuted at number one the week of 26 April 2008). [cite web |url=http://www.eonline.com/news/article/index.jsp?uuid=f740df1e-f0b0-4ace-8777-a06238236cd5 |title=That's the "Spirit"! Leona Lewis' Historic No. 1 |accessdate=2008-04-20 |last=Jenison |first=David |date=16 April 2008 |work=E! News] Stone was nominated for the MOBO Award for Best UK Female in September 2007, but lost out to Winehouse.

"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 December 2007 and physically in January 2008 as the third single.

In support of the album, Stone embarked on a North American tour which began on 27 April at Foxwoods Resort Casino in Ledyard, Connecticut, and ended on 13 June at the Filene Center in Vienna, Virginia, visiting sixteen cities in total including Philadelphia, San Francisco, Vancouver, Chicago, Toronto, New York, and Boston. [cite web |url=http://www.billboard.com/bbcom/news/article_display.jsp?vnu_content_id=1003555817 |title=Joss Stone Reintroducing Herself On Tour |accessdate=2007-11-05 |last=Cohen |first=Jonathan |date=8 March 2007 |work=Billboard] Two months later, she went on a North American late-summer tour which kicked off on 27 August at the Greek Theatre in Los Angeles, California, and ended on 29 September at the Crossroads in Kansas City, Missouri, covering twelve cities—this time including Mexico City. [cite web |url=http://www.billboard.com/bbcom/news/article_display.jsp?vnu_content_id=1003593763 |title=Joss Stone Solidifies Late Summer Tour |accessdate=2007-11-05 |last=Cohen |first=Jonathan |date=4 June 2007 |work=Billboard]

At the 2007 Grammy Awards, Stone shared the award for Best R&B Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocals for her collaboration with Sly & the Family Stone, John Legend, and Van Hunt on "Family Affair".

Known for her barefoot performances and neo-hippie fashions,cite web |url=http://www.elle.com/coverfullstory/7685/joss-stone-page2.html |title=Joss Stone – ELLE |accessdate=2007-05-19 |last=Dunn |first=Jancee |work=ELLE] Stone changed her style to a harder-edged, purple-haired look to promote "Introducing Joss Stone".

On 21 April 2008, Starpulse reported that Stone is going to launch a legal battle in a bid to leave 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." [cite web |url=http://www.starpulse.com/news/index.php/2008/04/21/joss_stone_begins_battle_to_leave_emi/ |title=Joss Stone Begins Battle To Leave EMI |accessdate=2008-04-25 |date=21 April 2008 |work=Starpulse]

Other works

In July 2005, Stone lent her voice to the "Fantastic Four" soundtrack, singing the title song "What Ever Happened to the Heroes", written by Pink, billymann, and Christopher Rojas and produced by Beau Dozier shortly before their break-up in November 2005.

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 July 2005, and sang a duet with Rob Thomas on a cover of Stevie Nicks's 1981 song "Stop Draggin' My Heart Around" at Fashion Rocks 2005 on 8 September 2005. On 5 February 2006, 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 Grammy Awards, she helped perform a medley of Sly & the Family Stone's hits alongside Legend, Ciara, Maroon 5, will.i.am, 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 song "When Love Comes to Town" for Hancock's 2005 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 song "Stir It Up" for the soundtrack to the Disney animated motion picture "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 on his third studio album, "The Truth About Love", on the track "Anniversary".

On 28 June 2007, Stone asked Queen guitarist Brian May to perform "Under Pressure" with her at the Concert for Diana, held at Wembley Stadium, London, on 1 July 2007. 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". [cite web |url=http://www.brianmay.com/brian/brianssb/brianssbjun07.html |title=A Note on the Diana Concert |accessdate=2008-04-11 |last=May |first=Brian |date=28 June 2007 |work=BrianMay.com] Stone went on to perform the song solo as well as her hit "You Had Me" and a cover of Sam & Dave's 1968 "Ain't That a Lot of Love" with Tom Jones.

Stone covered Nat King Cole's 1965 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 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 November 2007. [cite web |url=http://lastheplace.com/2007/12/08/joss-stone-releases-new-christmas-single/ |title=Joss Stone Releases New Christmas Single |accessdate=2008-05-03 |last=Behbahani |first=Karleigh |date=8 December 2007 |work=LA's The Place] [cite web |url=http://www.antimusic.com/news/07/dec/17Joss_Stone_Christmas_Single.shtml |title=Joss Stone Christmas Single |accessdate=2008-05-03 |date=8 December 2007 |work=antiMusic] Both songs were made available on iTunes, the former on 18 September 2007 [cite web |url=http://www.amazon.com/dp/B000VIGPA0 |title=Amazon.com: L-O-V-E: MP3 Downloads: Joss Stone |accessdate=2008-09-05 |work=Amazon.com] and the latter on 18 December 2007. [cite web |url=http://www.amazon.com/dp/B0010YEIC6 |title=Amazon.com: All I Want For Christmas: MP3 Downloads: Joss Stone |accessdate=2008-09-05 |work=Amazon.com]

In 2007, Stone collaborated with Beninese singer Angélique Kidjo on a cover of The Rolling Stones' 1969 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". [cite web |url=http://musikislife.net/aleks-syntek-filma-video-del-tema-historias-de-danzon-y-de-arrabal/ |title=Aleks Syntek filma video del tema Historias de danzón y de arrabal |accessdate=2008-05-09 |date=13 September 2007 |work=Musik is Life |language=Spanish] 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 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. Stone performed live with country singer LeAnn Rimes on CMT's "Crossroads" on 7 December 2007.

Stone contributed to the to 2008's "" with overdubbed vocals on Al Green's 1972 classic "How Can You Mend a Broken Heart", reinvented as a duet. [cite web |url=http://www.demonmusicgroup.co.uk/NewsArticles.aspx#News10620 |title=Al Green on Sex and the City |accessdate=2008-07-07 |date=14 May 2008 |work=Demon Music Group]

creen career

Stone made her film debut in the fantasy adventure film "Eragon" (based on the 2003 novel of the same name by Christopher Paolini), directed by Stefen Fangmeier and released on 15 December 2006, playing the witch Angela. "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?", Stone said of the experience. [cite web |url=http://www.mtv.com/movies/news/articles/1547720/story.jhtml |title=Joss Stone Gets In Touch With Witchy Side For Film Debut In 'Eragon' |accessdate=2008-05-03 |last=Carroll |first=Larry |date=12 December 2006 |work=MTV Movie News]

In March 2008, 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 film 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 Film Festival in September 2008. [cite web |url=http://www.thisisnottingham.co.uk/displayNode.jsp?nodeId=244367&command=displayContent&sourceNode=244365&contentPK=20254726&folderPk=112383&pNodeId=188965&returnNodeId=188965 |title=Joss's lesbian kiss in movie role |accessdate=2008-04-10 |work=This Is Nottingham] Stone will reportedly make her television debut portraying Henry VIII's fourth wife Anne of Cleves in the forthcoming third season of Showtime's series "The Tudors".

Media attention and endorsements

In March 2005, Stone was named the spokesperson for Gap, replacing actress Sarah Jessica Parker. [cite web |url=http://www.andpop.com/article/4065 |title=Gap Replaces Sarah Jessica Parker with Joss Stone |accessdate=2007-06-17 |last=Gonshor |first=Adam |date=23 March 2005 |work=andPOP] She appeared in a television advert for the megastore singing a cover of Ray Charles's 1958 song "Night Time Is the Right Time" (retitled "The Right Time"). "All those bum shots? They're not mine", "The Sun" quoted her as saying. "They're other girls. That's not my bum, I promise." [cite web |url=http://news.softpedia.com/news/Joss-Stone-s-Butt-Replaced-In-A-Gap-Ad-5157.shtml |title=Joss Stone's Butt Replaced In A Gap Ad |accessdate=2008-05-03 |date=21 July 2005 |work=Softpedia] Stone also appeared in one of Gap's Fall 2005 "Favorites" commercials, singing The Beach Boys' 1966 song "God Only Knows". [cite web |url=http://www.prnewswire.com/mnr/gap/22461/ |title=Jeans and Music – The Perfect Fit at Gap this Fall |accessdate=2008-05-03 |date=22 August 2005 |work=MultiVu] By that time, rumours circulated about her being dropped from the campaign because she was living with then-twenty-five-year-old songwriter and producer Beau Dozier (son of Motown producer and composer Lamont Dozier) in Los Angeles while she was only seventeen. [cite web |url=http://www.fazed.com/musicnews/Stone_axed.html |title=Stone axed |accessdate=2007-05-18 |date=25 July 2005 |work=Fazed] However, Gap later denied the rumours, stating that they were very happy with Stone and telling BBC Radio 1 that the claims were "absolute tosh" and "a complete fabrication". [cite web |url=http://www.digitalspy.co.uk/showbiz/a22942/joss-stone-not-axed-by-gap.html |title=Joss Stone not axed by GAP |accessdate=2007-06-17 |last=Green |first=Kris |date=25 July 2005 |work=Digital Spy]

Stone caused minor controversy at the 2007 BRIT Awards ceremony on 14 February 2007 while presenting the award for British Male Solo Artist (won by James Morrison). Speaking with what press reports described as an American accent, she gave a speech about Robbie Williams, who had been the target of earlier jokes made by host Russell Brand. Williams had been reported as going into rehabilitation that same week. As her speech continued, she made remarks about Brand, implying that he was heading for rehabilitation himself (while singing a passage of Amy Winehouse's hit "Rehab"). [cite web |url=http://www.contactmusic.com/news.nsf/article/joss%20brits%20dont%20like%20me_1049939 |title=Joss: BRITs Don't Like Me |accessdate=2007-12-31 |date=14 November 2007 |work=ContactMusic.com] In response to the British media's reaction, Stone said, "At the end of the day, I don't give a fuck if people have a problem with my accent. That's all I can say about it. The words I say do not change. If the way that it sounds is skewwhiff and you don't like it, don't listen. I'm not being a cruel person by sounding a different way. And I can't help it. I've been [in America working] since I was, like, 14. All I'm doing is working. I do my job, and I go home." [cite web |url=http://www.independent.co.uk/news/people/joss-stone-england-doesnt-like-me-any-more-771027.html |title=Joss Stone: 'England doesn't like me any more' |accessdate=2008-03-13 |date=20 January 2008 |work=The Independent]

In March 2007, Stone joined the [http://www.campaignforlittlebritain.com/blog/ Campaign for Little Britain] , which is petitioning New York City—known for its ethnic enclaves such as Little Italy, Spanish Harlem, and Chinatown—to formally recognize Little Britain as a new neighbourhood in Manhattan. "Britain is a wicked place full of culture and great people", she said, adding: "We can all blend and become one, then the world will be a happier place in the great scheme of things." [cite web |url=http://www.hellomagazine.com/music/2007/03/23/joss-stone-new-york/ |title=Joss backs campaign to establish 'Little Britain' in NYC |accessdate=2008-09-02 |date=23 March 2007 |work=Hello!]

In mid-December 2007, Stone was named the new Flake girl to star in a series of television adverts for the Cadbury Schweppes product in the spring of 2008. According to the company, she is the first non-model to take the role. [cite web |url=http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/england/devon/7146879.stm |title=Singer Stone is new Flake girl |accessdate=2007-12-17 |date=16 December 2007 |work=BBC News]

Stone has been asked personally by Barack Obama to write and record a song for his presidential campaign, reportedly due to the fact that she appeals across racial boundaries. [cite web |url=http://www.nme.com/news/joss-stone/38819 |title=Joss Stone to record Barack Obama campaign song |accessdate=2008-08-12 |date=12 August 2008 |work=NME]

Philanthropy

Stone joined Band Aid 20 on 14 November 2004 in benefit of Sudan's troubled Darfur region. The group, consisting of such luminaries as Coldplay lead singer Chris Martin and U2 lead singer Bono, re-recorded the 1984 song "Do They Know It's Christmas?", written by Band Aid organisers Bob Geldof and Midge Ure. Stone, born two years after the release of the original single, was not initially aware of who Bob Geldof was. [cite web |url=http://www.bbc.co.uk/totp/news/top5/2005/05/10/19220.shtml |title=Top of the Pops – Top 5 – Lord Of The Blings |accessdate=2007-01-09 |last=Cooke |first=Matthew |date=10 May 2005 |work=BBC] The media gleefully reported that she repeatedly referred to him as Bob Gandalf. [cite web |url=http://www.pressureworks.org/frontline/features/LIVE8_2.html |title=LIVE8: the backlash |accessdate=2007-01-09 |date=7 June 2005 |work=PressureWorks.com] Despite some criticism, the single became the UK's biggest-selling single of 2004 [cite web |url=http://www.bpi.co.uk/pdf/BestSellingSingles01-05.pdf |title=The UK's Best Selling Singles 2004 |accessdate=2007-01-09 |work=BPI|format=PDF] as well as the 2004 Christmas number-one single.

On 11 April 2005, Stone performed "Spoiled", Rufus' 1974 song "Tell Me Something Good" with John Legend, Otis Redding's 1966 song "Try a Little Tenderness" with Donna Summer, and 1977's "Hot Legs" with Rod Stewart at "Save the Music: A Concert to Benefit the VH1 Save the Music Foundation", in benefit of VH1's Save the Music Foundation. Three months later, on 2 July 2005, Stone performed "Super Duper Love", "I Had a Dream", and "Some Kind of Wonderful" at the Live 8 concert at Hyde Park, London.

Stone was named the World's Best Celebrity Dog Owner of 2005 in an online poll conducted by readers of "The New York Dog Magazine" and "The Hollywood Dog Magazine". [cite web |url=http://www.nsalamerica.org/feature/katrina/joss_120905.html |title=British soul sensation Joss Stone has been named the World's Best Dog Owner |accessdate=2008-04-11 |date=9 December 2005 |work=North Shore Animal League America] She owns two female dogs: Missy (named for rapper Missy Elliott), a Rottweiler, and Dusty (named for Dusty Springfield, one of her major influences), a Poodle. [cite web |url=http://www.thisisexeter.co.uk/displayNode.jsp?nodeId=136993&command=displayContent&sourceNode=231418&home=yes&more_nodeId1=137002&contentPK=20106282 |title=World May Be Joss's Oyster But Devon Is Still Treasured Haunt |accessdate=2008-05-04 |date=10 March 2008 |work=This Is Exeter] That same year, she was voted the World's Sexiest Vegetarian by peta2, alongside Chris Martin. [cite web |url=http://www.peta2.com/outthere/o-sexyveg05.asp |title=The World's Sexiest Vegetarians Are ... |accessdate=2007-04-05 |work=peta2] Stone, a vegetarian since birth—having been brought up as one by her parents [cite web |url=http://www.guardian.co.uk/lifeandstyle/2008/feb/24/foodanddrink.shopping15 |title=What's in your basket? Joss Stone, soul singer |accessdate=2008-09-26 |work=guardian.co.uk] —, was photographed by Justin Borucki posing with a chicken in an advert for PETA in March 2007, whose tagline states, "I am Joss Stone and I am a vegetarian". [cite web |url=http://www.petadishoom.com/page3/joss_stone.asp |title=Introducing Joss Stone's Vegetarian Ad |accessdate=2007-07-05 |work=petaDishroom] She was also one of the entertainers appearing in PETA's 2007 documentary film "Your Mommy Kills Animals".

Among other musicians such as Rod Steward, Amy Winehouse, Lindsay Lohan, Dionne Warwick, and Plácido Domingo, Stone was photographed by Canadian singer-guitarist and photographer Bryan Adams for Phonak's "Hear the World" initiative, whose main goal is to raise global awareness for the topic of hearing and hearing loss. "Being able to hear means that you can enjoy all the sounds of the world", she said. [cite web |url=http://www.hear-the-world.com/botschafter/botschafter_joss.htm |title=Joss Stone on "Hear the World" |accessdate=2007-04-18 |work=Hear the World]

Following the release of "Tell Me What We're Gonna Do Now" in mid-2007, Stone and Common turned the single's music video into a Product Red, reverting 100% of the gains from copies of the video purchased from iTunes to the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria. Stone is the first Product Red artist to do so. [cite web |url=http://www.joinred.com/news/ |title=Joss Stone and Common turn (RED) |accessdate=2007-07-13 |work=Product Red]

On 7 July 2007, Stone performed at the South African leg of the Live Earth concerts at the Coca Cola Dome in Johannesburg, to promote awareness of global warming. She sang the "Introducing Joss Stone" tracks "Girl They Won't Believe It", "Headturner", "Tell Me What We're Gonna Do Now", "Music", and "Tell Me 'bout It", as well as "Mind, Body & Soul"'s "Right to Be Wrong" and "Gimme Shelter", the latter with Angélique Kidjo.

In order to raise the awareness of AIDS, Annie Lennox joined forces with twenty-three female acts (including Stone) and recorded the song "Sing", which was released on World AIDS Day on 1 December 2007, when Lennox performed at one of Nelson Mandella's 46664 concerts at Johannesburg's Ellis Park Stadium. The song appears on Lennox's fourth studio album, "Songs of Mass Destruction".

In support of the LGBT community, Stone performed at the 19th Annual GLAAD Media Awards at the Kodak Theatre in Hollywood on 26 April 2008. [cite web |url=http://www.glaad.org/mediaawards/19thAnnual/LAAwardsPost.php |title=19th Annual GLAAD Media Awards – Los Angeles, April 26, 2008 |accessdate=2008-07-05 |work=GLAAD] She also performed "Right to Be Wrong" at the LA PRIDE 2008—produced by Christopher Street West, a non-profit organization—in West Hollywood, California, on 7 June 2008. [cite web |url=http://nationalgaynews.com/content/view/3689/173/ |title=LA Pride Entertainment |accessdate=2008-06-13 |date=1 June 2008 |work=NationalGayNews.com]

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. She moved from her native England into Dozier's villa in the Los Angeles neighbourhood of Encino the following year. [cite web |url=http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/article537378.ece |title=Voice of a new generation at the old rockers' picnic |accessdate=2008-06-07 |date=26 June 2005 |work=The Sunday Times] [cite web |url=http://www.dailymail.co.uk/pages/live/articles/showbiz/showbiznews.html?in_article_id=343511&in_page_id=1773 |title=Will Joss's love affair cost her the Gap millions? |accessdate=2008-02-05 |date=3 April 2005 |work=BBC News] The two split up in November 2005. [cite web |url=http://www.highbeam.com/doc/1G1-138961585.html |title=Joss tells of broken heart over love split |accessdate=2008-06-07 |date=21 November 2005 |work=Evening Standard]

Stone was the youngest woman on the 2006 "Sunday Times Rich List" [cite web |url=http://uk.movies.yahoo.com/08122006/5/harry-potter-joss-stone-richest-uk-teens-0.html |title=Harry Potter and Joss Stone richest UK teens |accessdate=2008-02-02 |date=8 December 2006 |work=Yahoo! Movies UK] [cite web |url=http://www.socialbc.com/en/node/7831 |title=The Sunday Times Rich List 2006 |accessdate=2008-02-02 |date=21 April 2006 |work=Social Business Club] —an annual list of the UK's wealthiest people—with £6 million, and was also ranked number seventy-eight on "Maxim"'s 2007 Hot 100. [cite web |url=http://www.maximonline.com/articles/index.aspx?a_id=7564 |title=Maxim's 2007 Hot 100 |accessdate=2007-07-01 |month=May | year=2007 |work=Maxim]

Discography

Albums

*2003: "The Soul Sessions"
*2004: "Mind, Body & Soul"
*2007: "Introducing Joss Stone"

DVDs

*2004: ""

ingles

References

External links

* [http://www.jossstone.co.uk Official UK website]
* [http://www.jossstone.com Official U.S. website]
* [http://www.jossstone.de Official German website]
* [http://www.jossstone.fi Official Finnish website]
* [http://www.jossstone-fanclub.com Official fanclub]
*allmusicguide|id=11:tcex97eskrrt
*MySpace|jossstone
*imdb name|1510184
* [http://groups.imeem.com/t-7fUB9v,joss_stone_group Joss Stone] at imeem

Persondata
NAME = Stone, Joss
ALTERNATIVE NAMES = Stoker, Jocelyn Eve
SHORT DESCRIPTION = English singer-songwriter and actress
DATE OF BIRTH = 11 April 1987
PLACE OF BIRTH = Dover, Kent, England
DATE OF DEATH =
PLACE OF DEATH =


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