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Joss Stone was born Joscelyn Eve Stoker in Dover in Kent, in 1987. She grew up listening to American R&B and soul music such as Aretha Franklin and developed a throaty style of singing like her idols. At 14, she appeared on Star for a Night on BBC Television singing Franklin's (You Make Me Feel Like a) Natural Woman. She told MTV News "I kind of clicked into soul music more than anything else because of the vocals. You've got to have good vocals to sing soul music and I always I liked it ever since I was little."

In 2002, she decided to back her ability by flying out from Devon in England for an audition in New York City with S-Curve CEO Steve Greenberg. She secured a record deal with a soulful version of On the Radio by Donna Summer

She then flew to Miami to start work on the Soul Sessions. She worked with people with solid credentials in the Miami soul scene such as Betty Wright, Benny Latimore, Timmy Thomas and Little Beaver. As well, she worked with conremporary acts Angie Stone and the Roots.

The album consists of classic soul tracks by Wright, Franklin, Laura Lee and Bettye Swann. The first single Fell in Love with a Boy was a reworking of The White Stripes' song Fell in Love with a Girl.

Article text released under CC-BY-SA. It uses material from the Wikipedia article "Joss Stone" (20-Jun-2004)


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