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Joss Stone - Mind, Body & Soul
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Read anything about this young talent, and you’ll inevitably find the phrase “old soul.”  No wonder, for how else to describe the phenomena of a voice so seasoned and sophisticated coming from a giggly, blond teenager.  Joscelyn Eve Stokes first introduced the world to that voice at the age of 14 on the popular BBC show Star for a Night, to the surprise and delight of the audience. 

Sensing imminent success, Joss’s mom Wendy quickly changed her daughter’s name to the more album cover friendly Joss Stone and whisked her off  to New York to meet with S-Curve CEO Steve Greenberg.  The entranced Mr. Greenberg signed her immediately and turned her over to Miami soul legend Betty Wright for fine-tuning.  Wright teamed Stone with Guitarist Little Beaver, organist Timmy Thomas and keyboardist Benny Latimore.  In a mere four days the group recorded several soul favorites and covered the White Stripes Fell in Love with a Girl (now Boy) with help from The Roots.  The result was the debut of Soul Sessions in September 2003. 

Joss’s mother manages her shows and her tours, which have included venues such as Joe’s Pub in NYC and The Troubadour in LA.  Joss has appeared on the Late Late Show with Craig Kilborn, Ellen, and has been featured in People magazine.  She toured with Simply Red as the opener.  Almost a year after her debut release, Joss released an album of originals called Mind, Body & Soul.  With her exposure at the 2005 Grammy’s from three nominations, including one for Best New Artist, Joss was chosen to replace Sarah Jessica Parker as the Gap girl for the company’s 2005 summer line.

Joss was born April 11, 1987 in Dover , England .  Her teenage years were spent in rural Devon (hometown of Coldplay’s Chris Martin).  It was in Devon that Joss purchased her first album, Aretha Franklin’s Greatest Hits, which she credits as her inspiration for becoming a singer.

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