唱灵魂乐、有个性的小女生，初见她那甜美、略带腼腆的阳光笑容，和及肩飘逸的金色长发，实在很难让人和她那有力丰富、满萦灵魂乐感的Powerful嗓音联想在一起。向来上节目只谈电影的汤姆克鲁斯，日前应邀上美国福斯电视台“艾伦脱口秀Ellen Show”节目，一开场便主动向全场观众询问：“你们听过乔丝史东吗？那张“片刻心灵”专辑，我最近一直在听这张！” ；向来以提携晚辈不遗余力着称的艾尔顿强，在与BLUE对唱过“抱歉太难”、受杂志之邀专访过酷玩乐团主唱克里斯马汀之后，居然在一次接受《Interview》杂志专访时，点名一定要与乔丝史东搭档一块儿受访；史汀也曾在伦敦皇家亚伯厅的演唱会上，邀请乔丝史东一块儿开场……我们不断在新世代的歌手中找到延烧传统派灵魂乐精神的火力与活力，其中一个闪亮的名字就叫做Joss Stone，芳龄17的她把老派的灵魂乐唱得是那么的泰然自若、神气活现，同时也懂得放进流行乐、节奏蓝调、爵士、雷鬼摇摆乐等类型音乐元素来丰富灵魂乐的情感，让灵魂乐显得更加多元、奔放与即兴。在全球传媒的热烈口碑回响热潮中，Joss Stone的首张专辑《The Soul Sessions》热卖超过一年，缔造全球超过200万张的销售，2004年初，专辑强势跃登Billboard热门潜力榜的冠军后座，晋升英国专辑金榜TOP 4，并在全球13个国家打进TOP 10，专辑中的单曲Fell In Love With A Boy、Super Duper Love双双抢进英国单曲金榜TOP 20，歌曲更陆续出现在《白宫风云》、《急诊室的春天》、《危急最前线》(Third Watch)等热门影集中。从2003年到2004年，Joss Stone的歌声响彻英、美大小场子，从曼哈顿的Joe's Pub红到英国的Glastonbury音乐节，再到2004年VH1频道的年度音乐盛事VH1 Divas演唱会上与 Jessica Simpson、Gladys Knight、Deborah Harry等不同世代的女歌手的飙歌竞唱，Joss在面对忙碌的巡回行程与自我要求的压力下，也试着陶醉其中，慢慢的领略到歌唱的趣味、快感与神奇的力量。
也许说来让人觉得不可思议，这张被喻为”可能是21世纪最好的old-school、roof-raising、南方风情的灵魂乐作品”的“The Soul Sessions片刻心灵”，竟是来自Joss Stone乔丝史东这个来自英国的16岁小女生的首张专辑。乔丝史东1987年4月11日出生于英格兰的Dover，她在四个兄弟姊妹中排行老三。2001年，乔丝14岁，她参加了BBC电视台选秀节目Star for A Night的试演。丰富的活力嗓音和混然天成的有力音感，立即获得了曾发掘Hanson “Mmm Bop”及Baha Men “Who Let the Dogs Out”专辑的S-Curve唱片的股东兼执行长Steve Greenberg的青睐。“乔丝不止拥有天生的好嗓音，同时她也拥有为传统曲目注入个人风格的能力。不止是模仿，她更能投注所有的热情和感情，改变并诠释这些歌。这个14岁女孩所带来的震撼，那种感觉很微妙。” 在这张专辑中，乔丝特色独具的演出了包括Dirty Man、Super Duper Love等8首复古灵魂的全新作品，及All The King’s Horses、For The Love Of You等两耳熟能详的经典之作；其中还包括了由John Sebastian重新演绎的I Had a Dream及White Stripes的成员Jack White跨刀的Fell in Love With a Boy。另外，来自The Roots的乐器演奏及Angie Stone和传奇人物Betty Wright的完美合声，则使得专辑的人声表现地更加丰富。乔丝用燃烧般的热情与天赋的好音感来诠释这些音符，她愠而不火，将十首歌曲时而中规中矩、时而假音拔高地完美呈现出来。聆听乔丝史东，你听到的是她用心演唱的曲子，而不是造作”制造”出来的声音。专辑中的十首歌曲，其中有六首是在迈阿密的录音室中以两天的时间现场录制完成的。同时来自70年代最早演变和形成的The Miami Sound团体、长久以来却被忽略的美国黑人音乐家们，亦在乔丝史东的“心灵片刻”闪着无与伦比的光彩。
British singer Joss Stone was only 16 years old when she appeared on the universal radar in 2003, armed with powerful vocals and a vintage, soul-based sound that belied her young age. Smartly aligning herself with a number of soul legends on her early records, Stone soon garnered a devoted audience at home and abroad, first for her reinterpretations of classic soul gems (The Soul Sessions) and, on future albums, for her songwriting chops and powerful delivery.
Born Joscelyn Eve Stoker in 1987, Stone grew up mimicking the sounds of American soul and R&B icons, particularly the throaty stylings of Aretha Franklin. Her voice developed quickly, a maturation that earned her a first-place finish at a BBC singing competition in 2001. Stone was only 14 at the time, but a pair of local producers recognized her talent and contacted S-Curve CEO Steve Greenberg, who flew her to New York City for an audition. Stone wowed Greenberg with her rendition of Donna Summer's "On the Radio," and a record deal was quickly inked between both parties. With her parents' permission, she dropped out of school, changed her original last name, and primed herself for a career in entertainment.
R&B/soul pioneer Betty Wright joined Stone for her first recording, becoming an instant mentor to the young singer while also serving as her co-producer and backup vocalist. Little Beaver, Timmy Thomas, Angie Stone, and the Roots also assisted Stone during those studio sessions, creating material that would soon comprise the track list for her 2003 debut album, The Soul Sessions. A tuneful set of soul classics by the likes of Laura Lee, Bettye Swann, Betty Wright, and Aretha Franklin, The Soul Sessions was crafted in just four days, hurried along by an eager label that couldn't wait to tell the world about its neo-soul starlet. The album was ultimately a resounding success, selling over 500,000 copies in America and nearly doubling that figure in the U.K., where it became one of the best-selling albums of 2004. The Soul Sessions also introduced Stone to the MTV generation with the funky strut of "Fell in Love with a Boy," a rework of the White Stripes' modern rock hit "Fell in Love with a Girl."
Stone's second album, Mind, Body & Soul, focused more heavily on original content than its predecessor. Of its 14 tracks, 12 were written or co-written by Stone, who became the youngest female to top the U.K. charts upon the album’s release in 2004. Mind, Body & Soul eventually reached platinum status in multiple countries and brought Stone both commercial success and critical acclaim, as well as three Grammy nominations and two BRIT Awards. After performances at London's Live 8, Bonnaroo 2005, and Superbowl XL, the singer relocated to the Bahamas to record her next album, Introducing Joss Stone, which found her experimenting with more modern R&B sounds. Produced by Raphael Saadiq and released in March 2007, the album didn’t fare quite as well as Stone’s two previous releases, although it still sold in excess of one million copies worldwide.
Following two North American tours and an appearance at the 2007 Grammy Awards, Stone launched a publicized battle with her record label, offering to forfeit two million pounds in order to terminate her contract with EMI. The label fought back, demanding that she deliver the master tapes to her next album, and the resulting feud prolonged the release of Stone’s fourth record, Colour Me Free! Eventually released in late 2009 by EMI (who had refused to relinquish Stone from her four-album deal), the album revisited the soulful sounds of her early work, representing a marked change from the R&B modernity of Introducing Joss Stone.
01. Free Me
02. Could Have Been You
03. Parallel Lines
05. 4 and 20
06. Big 'Ol Game
09. You Got the Love
10. I Believe It to My Soul
12. Girlfriend On Demand