Joss Stone – Killing Time
Jocelyn Eve Stoker (born 11 April 1987), better known by her stage name Joss Stone, is an English soul singer-songwriter and actress. Stone rose 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 similarly 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 the album and single received one nomination at the 2005 Grammy Awards, while Stone herself was nominated for Best New Artist, and in an annual BBC poll of music critics, Sound of 2004 was ranked fifth as a predicted breakthrough act of 2004.She became the youngest British female singer whose album topped the UK Albums Chart. Stone’s third album, Introducing Joss Stone, released in March 2007, achieved gold record status by the RIAA and yielded the second-ever highest debut for a British female solo artist on the Billboard 200, and became Stone’s first top five album in the United States and first non-top ten album in the United Kingdom.
Stone released her fourth album, Colour Me Free!, on 20 October 2009, which reached the Top 10 on Billboard. Stone released her fifth album, LP1, on 22 July 2011, which reached the Top 10 on Billboard. Throughout her career, Stone has sold 14 million albums worldwide, establishing herself as one of the best-selling artists of her time, best-selling soul artists of the 2000s and best-selling British artists of her time. Her first three albums have sold over 2,722,000 copies in the United States, while her first two albums have sold over 2,000,000 copies in United Kingdom. She has earned numerous awards and accolades, including two BRIT Awards and one Grammy Award out of five nominations. She also made her film acting debut in 2006 with the fantasy adventure film Eragon, and made her television debut portraying Anne of Cleves in the Showtime series The Tudors in 2009.Stone was the youngest woman on the 2006 Sunday Times Rich List an annual list of the UK’s wealthiest people—with £6 million. In 2012, her net worth was estimated to be £10 million, making her the fifth richest British musician under 30. The Soul Sessions Vol. 2, a sequel to her debut album, was released on 23 July 2012. This is her fourth consecutive album to reach the Top 10 on Billboard 200.
On 14 June 2011, police arrested two men in Cullompton, Devon, near Stone’s home, for plotting to rob and murder her. After a trial at Exeter Crown Court for conspiracy to rob, murder and commit grievous bodily harm against her, they were found guilty and convicted on 3 April 2013.
Stone partnered with Surfdog Records to release LP1 on 26 July 2011, through her own label Stone’d Records. The album was recorded in Nashville, Tennessee in six days, where Stone co-wrote and co-produced the album with Eurythmics co-founder, David Stewart The lead single, “Somehow”, was released on 24 June 2011. Stone also joined the supergroup SuperHeavy which was formed by Mick Jagger of the Rolling Stones, together with Dave Stewart, Damian Marley (the youngest son of Bob Marley) and the Indian musician and producer A.R. Rahman. The album was recorded at Jim Henson Studios in Los Angeles and was released in 20 September 2011[dated info] by A&M Records. The debut single, “Miracle Worker”, was released on 19 July 2011.
Released in July 2012, “The Soul Sessions Vol 2” saw Stone return to her original label, S-Curve Records, who released the album jointly with the artist’s Stone’d Records, and features production from Steve Greenberg (producer of the first “Soul Sessions”). The album finds Stone largely covering lesser-known soul songs from the 1970s and 1980s by acts including the Chi-Lites, the Honey Cone, the Dells, Sylvia, Labi Siffre and Linda Lewis. The album reached the top 10 on the US Billboard 200 and the UK album chart. In the UK it was her first top 10 album since 2004’s Mind Body & Soul. In 2013 she performed live shows including Indonesia and the Philippines. She also made an appearance on UK series Top Gear.
Stone announced to newspaper La Vanguardia back in July, 2012 that she would work on a reggae album. She stated that it would be recorded and produced by herself and Damian Marley, who previously worked in SuperHeavy. In March 2014, she elaborated that the new album would be a little bit different and “more eclectic” with a “little bit more hip-hop and reggae”. In September 2014, she said that new album will be called Water For Your Soul which she expects will be released next March 2015. In addition to releasing the new album, she plans to embark on a true “world tour” by playing a gig in every country on the planet. The Total World Tour, which started in April 2014 should take two-and-a-half to three years and visit 204 countries.
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