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Joscelyn Eve Stoker - or popular by her stage-name Joss Stone, was born on 11 April 1987 in Dover, Kent, England,. A BRIT Award- and Grammy Award-winning English soul, R&B, and blues singer-cum-lyricist-cum-actress is everyones sweetheart and has successfully sold over nine million albums worldwide.
Stone, the third among the four children born to Richard and Wendy Stoker, grew up listening to a wide range of music including American R&B and soul music by Dusty Springfield and Aretha Franklin; resultantly, developed a soulful style of singing like her idols. At 14, she made an appearance on the BBC Television's talent show Star for a Night singing Donna Summer's 1979 On the Radio.
In 2002, she moved to New York City for an audition in with S-Curve CEO Steve Greenberg. She also signed a global music publishing deal with BMG Music Publishing in the UK. Since then, she has performed with artists such as Blondie and Gladys Knight.
After being signed by S-Curve Records, Stone flew to Miami, Florida to start working 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 and has also worked with contemporary acts Angie Stone and The Roots.
The album, released in late 2003, comprises of soul tracks by Wright, Franklin, Laura Lee, and Bettye Swann and reached the top 5 in the UK Albums Chart, and also the top forty of the U.S. Billboard 200 chart. The lead single, Fell in Love with a Boy, which was 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, Super Duper Love.
After acquiring critical approbation, Stone recorded her second album Mind, Body & Soul, which got released on 28 September 2004. It earned twice success compared to her first album, as it hit #1 slot in the UK 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 first top ten hit 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. The fifth single is Less Is More in Latin America and Australia and Security in Europe, both released as airplay only.
Stone caused controversy at the 2007 BRIT Awards ceremony when presenting the award for British Male Solo Artist (won by James Morrison). Speaking with a ersatz American accent and walking around the stage, she gave a speech in which she asked the audience to send big love to Robbie Williams, who had been the butt of earlier jokes made by host Russell Brand. Williams had been reported as going into rehab that same week. As her speech continued, she made remarks about Brand, implying that he was heading for rehab himself. The BRIT Awards appearance was the beginning of a series of incidents as examples of Stone's increasingly inconsistent behavior.
In 2004 Stone joined Band Aid 20 to benefit Sudan's distressed 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. Despite some criticism, the single became the UK's biggest seller of 2004 as well as the Christmas number one.
In 2005, Stone was nominated for three BRIT Awards, of which she won two British Female Solo Artist and British Urban Act. She performed Angels with Robbie Williams during the ceremony. She also received three nominations at the 2005 Grammy Awards Best New Artist, Best Female Pop Vocal Performance for You Had Me, and Best Pop Vocal Album for Mind, Body & Soul, where she sang barefoot on stage with rock performer Melissa Etheridge, in tribute to the late 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 downloads, became Stone's first single to enter the U.S. Billboard Hot 100, when it debuted and peaked at number thirty-two.
In July 2005, she sang the soundtrack for The Fantastic Four -- What Ever Happened to the Heroes, written by Pink, Billymann, and Christopher Rojas.
On 2 July 2005, Stone performed at the Live 8 concert at Hyde Park (London) and performed Papa's Got a Brand New Bag with funk legend James Brown on the British chat show Friday Night with Jonathan Ross. On 5 February 2006, she joined Stevie Wonder, India.Arie, and John Legend at the Super Bowl XL pre-game show in performing a medley of Wonder's hits. On the 2006 Grammy Awards, she helped perform a medley of hits by the reclusive singer Sly Stone - the frontman of Sly & the Family Stone
She teamed up with jazz pianist Herbie Hancock and blues singer-guitarist Jonny Lang on a cover of U2's 1988 song When Love Comes to Town, from Hancock's 2005 album Possibilities. She has also recently collaborated with Lemar on the track Anniversary of his latest album The Truth About Love.
Stone made her debut film in the fantasy epic Eragon, released on 15 December 2006. In the film, Stone plays the witch Angela.
At the 2007 Grammy Awards, Stone shared a win of 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.
She was voted the World's Sexiest Vegetarian in 2005 by PETA.. Canadian singer-guitarist and photographer Bryan Adams recently photographed Stone for the ?Hear the World magazine, a quarterly culture and lifestyle publication dedicated to the topic of hearing.
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