British soul singer and songwriter Joss Stone first emerged on the music scene as a preternaturally gifted 16-year-old with a "rich, deep, soulful belt," as the New York Post put it. In 2003, she released The Soul Sessions, an album of covers of obscure soul tracks and hit the road for a year. It was at the end of this tour that she recorded Mind, Body & Soul, her first album of original material, which garnered her three Grammy Awards nominations in 2005, including Best New Artist. Over the course of her career, she appeared onstage with the likes of James Brown, The Rolling Stones, John Mayer and performed at the 2005 Live 8 concert in London. In a matter of three years, she sold over 7.5 million albums worldwide.
Now comes her new album Introducing Joss Stone, an electrifying mix of warm vintage soul, 70s-style R&B, Motown girl-group harmonies and hip-hop grooves. Produced by Raphael Saadiq (of Tony! Toni! Toné! and Lucy Pearl fame and known for his work with D'Angelo, The Roots, and Macy Gray as a producer), every note on the album is infused with Stone's love for the gift of song. Choice cuts include, "Music", a track, originally inspired by a Fugees song, which also features a rap by Lauryn Hill, the Supremes-esque "Girl, They Won't Believe It," which is about finding happiness through music and the superfunky, playful first single "Tell Me 'Bout It." As any soul album worth its salt must, Introducing Joss Stone features its share of relationship songs, from the blissed-out "I'm Falling," with a shuffling groove and string arrangement that would make Marvin Gaye proud, to the sweet, dreamy "Tell Me What We're Going To Do Now" featuring guest rapper Common. Stone describes the album as "truly me. That's why I'm calling it Introducing Joss Stone," she says. "These are my words and this is who I am as an artist."
Tell Me 'Bout It
Tell Me What We're Gonna Do Now feat. Common
Put Your Hands On Me