Joss Stone has been obsessed with soul music since she was a little girl. By the time she was in her early teens she had begun to intuitively hone her now trademark gravely-but-lustrous vocals by singing along to Aretha Franklin's greatest hits. She began pursuing a singing career at 13, securing a record deal at 15 and soon recording her star-making debut album, The Soul Sessions (2003). Following this critically-acclaimed arrival on the music scene (which preceded the plethora of soul-inspired female artists that came along in her wake), things took off for Stone in an enormous way. Her second record, 2004's Mind Body & Soul, earned her three Grammy nominations, including one for Best New Artist. It also spawned a self-penned UK Top 10 single, "You Had Me," and earned her two Brit Awards that same year.
Stone's third album, 2007's Introducing Joss Stone, was a more independent, less packaged effort, and it revealed that the singer had truly been embraced by the American audience when it debuted on the Billboard Top 100 at No. 2, marking the highest debut ever for a female British solo artist. Her quest for freedom continued with 2009's Colour Me Free, which she recorded in a week in her mother's club in Devon, England. That was followed in 2011 by LP1, a collaboration with Dave Stewart and Stone's first release on her label Stone'd Records. At the same time, she was also recording songs for an album with SuperHeavy, a side project featuring Mick Jagger, Damian Marley, A.R. Rahman, and Dave Stewart, which came out late last year.
In her short, young life and already long career, Stone has performed onstage with the likes of James Brown, Gladys Knight, Solomon Burke, Blondie, Smokey Robinson, and Melissa Etheridge, among many others. She's contributed to albums by Jeff Beck and Ringo Starr, played the Super Bowl pre-game show, performed on the Grammys, and indeed won a Grammy herself. In her 25 years, she's participated in more moments of absolute musical wonder than most people can hope for in a lifetime. And she's approached it all with a sense of independence and joie de vivre. With over 11 million album sales to date and a wealth of experience under her belt, 2012 seems like the right time to bring a new perspective to the album that first made Stone famous: Soul Sessions. Be on the lookout for her newest effort, Soul Sessions Vol. 2, due out on July 31st – a stunning exercise in vocal poise, passion, and power, showcasing some great songs and an artist at the peak of her vocal powers.