Joss Stone
English singer%E2%80%93songwriter and actress
Joss Stone
Jocelyn Eve Stoker, 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 equally 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.
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16 Feminist Songs To Get You Hyped For The Women's March
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The Women’s March is almost here. Whether you’re road-tripping to Washington, D.C., or joining one of the other 370 (!!) “sister marches” planned for the day after Donald Trump’s inauguration, you’re going to need a killer playlist to get you there. Here are some rousing lady anthems to blast while you’re en route to fight for women’s rights. 1. Grimes, “Kill V. Maim” For when you’re weighing your options on how to take down the patriarchy. 2. M.I.A, “Bad Girls” Perfect for a road trip when you’re, “lookin’ in the rear view, swaggin’ goin’ swell / Leavin’ boys behind ‘cause it’s illegal just to kill.” 3. 4 Non Blondes, “What’s Up” Because “what’s going on” is particularly apropos at the moment. 4. Beyoncé ft. Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, “***Flawless” Name a more iconic duo. We’ll wait. 5. Lily Allen, “F**k You” Presented without comment. 6. Rihanna ft. Drake, “ ...
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LA Fashion Week's Bold, Seductive, Sexy Start
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Sue Wong's Alchemy & Masquerade 2016 line Los Angeles Fashion Week launched on Monday, October 5th, with Arts Hearts Fashion showcasing over 30 designers at the runway at Taglyan Complex in Hollywood. It was a week of sexy artistry and provocative showmanship, showcasing new lines from established as well as break-out designers. Sue Wong, Nicole Miller, Amato Haute Couture, Gregorio Sanchez, Mister Triple X, Koco Blaq, Isabella Couture, Amren Tulano, House of Li-Jon, Michael Ngo Couture and many more. Sue Wong design 2016 Opening night designer Sue Wong dazzled the invitation-only standing-room crowd with a breathtaking 79 look show of her 2016 Alchemy & Masquerade runway collection of intricately adorned gowns topped with soaring headpieces. The provocative, bold styles rocked the runway shifting between elegant and outrageous, in classical Sue Wong style, straddling the line between couture and wearables, all with dramatic red carpet panache. Sta ...
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Actress Ashley Bell Takes a Stand Against the Horror of Animal Testing for Cosmetics
Huffington Post - over 3 years
Ashely Bell who enchanted -- and terrified -- audiences with her performance as "Nell" in The Last Exorcism and The Last Exorcism Part II has joined forces with Cruelty Free International to stand against the real-life horror of animal testing for cosmetics. Ashley says, In this day and age, it's unconscionable that animals are forced to suffer for beauty products here in the U.S. I make the right choice, the humane choice, and only use cosmetics that are not tested on animals. I'm happy to support the great work of Cruelty Free International; the organization committed to ending cosmetic animal testing in the U.S. Europe has already established a groundbreaking change for animals by banning these cruel tests. It is now time for the U.S. to do the same. It has been estimated that the average woman will spend $15,000 on makeup in her lifetime. The reasons women purchase one brand over another is of huge interest in the cosmetics industry -- they go to great lengths to influen ...
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New Indie Music Gems From L.A.'s Underground
Huffington Post - over 3 years
From Nat King Cole to Concrete Blonde, from La Bamba to Boom Boom Pow, from beach pop to Laurel Canyon folk to West Coast rap to Sunset Strip Rock and beyond, the City of Angels has always been a hotbed of musical revolutions. Happily, L.A.'s locally grown music scene is as vibrant and diverse as ever with a slew of recent independent E.P.s and L.P.s so fresh and creative, they deserve your love and attention -- and airplay (KCRW and KCSN are you listening?). Yonatan Monster (E.P.) A singer/songwriter who can rock an upright bass like nobody's business, Yonatan's debut E.P. Monster is a sexy, gravelly, eclectic treasure (think The The meets Tom Waits) that just gets better with each listen. The title cut is a great big alternative rock hit waiting to happen. The Boat Keeps Rockin' and This Day churn with spooky atmospheric blues, and the best part, you can experience it all live every Monday night at 10pm at downtown L.A's most underrated music venue, The Escondite. Mons ...
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'Walking Dead' Star Gets Behind Animal Rights Cause
Huffington Post - over 3 years
From Mother Nature Network's Michael d'Estries: Joining other celebs such as Sir Paul McCartney, Joss Stone, Ricky Gervais and Peter Dinklage, "The Walking Dead's" Norman Reedus is urging the U.S. to adopt a ban on animal tests for cosmetics. "Scores of countries around the world are beating the U.S. to become cruelty-free by banning cosmetics tests on animals," he writes. "Nobody wants rabbits or guinea-pigs to suffer for our vanity, least of all the animals. Let's stop their suffering right here, right now. Join me in supporting the Cruelty Free International call to Congress and the FDA to bring an end to animal testing for cosmetics in the U.S." Back in March, after decades of campaigning by Cruelty Free International’s founding organization, the BUAV, animal tests were banned for new cosmetics sold in all 28 countries in the European Union. Unfortunately, CFI states that over 80% of countries around the world still allow animal tests for cosmetics, including the U ...
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Monica Engebretson: Walking Dead Star Takes a Stand for Animals
Huffington Post - over 3 years
Fans of the hit show, The Walking Dead, grew to love character Daryl Dixon -- the hardened rough and tumble survivalist who, it turns out, has a heart of gold beneath his tough exterior. Few fans of the show can claim they didn't swoon or bawl their eyes out when Daryl brings a "Cherokee rose" to Carol and tells her he believes it is a sign that her daughter is alive, and discloses, "I'm not fool enough to think there's any flowers blooming for my brother. But I believe this one bloomed for your little girl." There is just something swoon-worthy about a tough guy who seeks to protect the innocent from harm. Well, Walking Dead fans prepare to fall in love again; actor Norman Reedus, it turns out, is not so different from his on-screen persona when it comes to defending the helpless. Norman Reedus is the latest celebrity ambassador for Cruelty Free International -- the global organization dedicated to ending cosmetics testing on animals. Norman joins celebrity Cruelty ...
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Peter Dreier: Justin Timberlake, Taylor Swift, Alicia Keys and Elton John Should Get a Divorce -- From Walmart
The Huffington Post - over 3 years
Every year Walmart holds a combination shareholder meeting and pep rally to whip up enthusiasm and promote its image as a good investment and a good corporate citizen. These huge events have the quality of a religious revival meeting, including testimonials and music to keep its stockholders and employees (whom Walmart calls "associates") enthralled. Women's Wear Daily called last month's event, with 14,000 shareholders and employees, "a high-octane, entertainment-filled spectacle with moments devoted to business." The company always invites celebrities to entertain and mingle. At last month's gathering in Bentonville, Arkansas -- the company's headquarters --- singers Kelly Clarkson, Jennifer Hudson, John Legend, and Prince Royce performed, Hugh Jackman emceed, and Tom Cruise cruised the crowd, then mounted the stage and said: "I've wanted to come here for quite some time, actually because the culture you have here is like no other. I truly admire your company. [It's] ...
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Mike Ragogna: Chatting With Booker T. Jones and Anton Fig, The Young Presidents Perform Alzheimer's Benefit, and Leerone's Exclusive Video
Huffington Post - over 3 years
THE YOUNG PRESIDENTS & FRIENDS PERFORM AT ALZHEIMER'S BENEFIT Artists Ivan Neville, Anton Fig, Blondie Chaplin, Corey Glover, Adam Ezra and others will perform with The Young Presidents on July 25th at New York's The Cutting Room. The performance is associated with The Kaneff Foundation's 1st Annual Music Cures Fundraiser for the Alzheimer's Drug Discovery Foundation, and the evening will also focus on the life of Glen Campbell, who recently announced his battle with Alzheimer's. Anton Fig talks about the event and more in the below interview. A Conversation with Anton Fig Mike Ragogna: So what's all this about you and The Young Presidents playing at The Cutting Room. Anton Fig: I met them a few months ago and was asked to play on the album, and then they were doing this gig in New York. It's a benefit for Alzheimer's as well as a sort of release party for the album, or maybe an unofficial release party for the album, I'm not exactly sure. They're gettin ...
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2 Men Found Guilty Of Joss Stone Murder Plot
Huffington Post - almost 4 years
LONDON -- A British jury convicted two men on Wednesday of plotting to rob and kill soul singer Joss Stone. Junior Bradshaw, 32, and Kevin Liverpool, 35, were found guilty at Exeter Crown Court on charges of conspiracy to murder, to cause grievous bodily harm and to rob. They had denied the charges. Liverpool was given a life sentence and ordered to serve a minimum of 10 years and eight months. Bradshaw will be sentenced at a later date. "You intended to rob her and kill her and dump her body in the river, according to your words, and then leave the country with your accomplice Junior Bradshaw," said Judge Francis Gilbert in sentencing Liverpool. After the verdict, Grammy award-winner Stone expressed gratitude for support and kind wishes during the ordeal. "I am relieved the trial is now over and that these men are no longer in a position to cause harm to anyone," she said in a statement. Bradshaw and Liverpool were arrested in June 2011 close to Stone ...
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Two men convicted in plot to kill Joss Stone
Fox News - almost 4 years
After the verdict, Grammy award-winner Stone expressed gratitude for support and kind wishes during the ordeal.
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A Plot To Murder Beyonce?!
Huffington Post - almost 4 years
Scary stuff: Days after news was released that the two men on trial for plotting against singer Joss Stone planned to decapitate her and dump her body in a river, new information came out that indicates Stone might not have been their only target. The suspects, Junior Bradshaw, 32, and Kevin Liverpool, 35, were arrested in June 2011 by Stone's home with a samurai sword, a lock knife and a hammer in their possession. Though they deny all charges, a detective who testified in their trial yesterday told of a diary the police had found in Liverpool's home. In it, according to the BBC, Liverpool mentioned his need for a semi-automatic gun, a silencer, infrared equipment and a "ninja sword." Liverpool also noted Stone's date and place of birth in his diary, and included a biography of her musical career. He reportedly made a list numbered 1, 2 and 3, for "rob," "wet/injure" and "death," per BBC ("wet" is street slang for stab). Allegedly, the two conspired to harm the singer b ...
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Joss Stone 'Beheading' Trial
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Two Men Accused Of Plotting To Kill Joss Stone
Huffington Post - almost 4 years
LONDON — Prosecutors say two men accused of plotting to rob and kill soul singer Joss Stone planned to decapitate her, then dump her body in a river. The suspects, Junior Bradshaw and Kevin Liverpool, were arrested in June 2011, close to the singer's house after suspicious neighbors reported them to police. They never reached her house. Opening the case at Exeter Crown Court, prosecutor Simon Morgan told a jury the pair, aged 32 and 35, set off from their home in Manchester with a samurai sword, knives, a hammer, black bags and gloves for Stone's house in Devon. Morgan said that handwritten notes found in the suspects' car indicated they planned to decapitate the singer before finding a river to dispose of her body. The defendants deny all charges.
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WATCH: Joss Stone Debuts Video For 'Mrs #1' With Record Label First Signing Yes Sir Boss (VIDEO)
The Huffington Post - almost 4 years
Joss Stone, with four albums to her name, more than 13 million copies sold, a fortune included in the Sunday Times Rich List, has just added music mogul to her name, with her record label's first signing Yes Sir Boss debuting the single from the debut album, and.... yes, there's something familiar about their collaborator. More...
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Happy Birthday, Janis Joplin!
Huffington Post - about 4 years
Today is the birthday of psychedelic goddess and raucous rock icon, Janis Joplin. The front woman of groups like the Full Tilt Boogie Band and Big Brother and the Holding Company would turn 70 years old if she were still magically alive today. The Texas-born legend has managed to remain an influential force in music over the last four decades since her death, with some of the best songwriters in the business citing Ms. Joplin as an icon, including Stevie Nicks, Florence Welch and Joss Stone. But it's not just the actual music that's fallen under her spell. No, from Ke$ha's whiskey-drinking ways to Fiona Apple's onstage freak-outs, the legacy of Janis Joplin can be seen in trends across the music world and popular culture in general. So in celebration of Joplin' birthday, we've put together a slideshow of 10 pop culture trends inspired by Joplin herself. Scroll through the list below and let us know what you think about the soulful singer's ubiquitous presence in the co ...
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Joss Stone balanced in bare feet
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Joss Stone prefers to keep her feet on the ground. In more ways than one.
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Joss Stone Concert Pictures
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Joss Stone
    TWENTIES
  • 2016
    Age 28
    As of 2016, she is in a relationship with music promoter SiChai (Si).
    More Details Hide Details She has been with him for 3 years. During her career, Stone won eight awards, including one Grammy Award and two BRIT Awards.
  • 2014
    Age 26
    In April 2014 she began a true world tour by playing a gig in every country on the planet.
    More Details Hide Details The Total World Tour, should take two-and-a-half to three years and visit 204 countries. Stone possesses the vocal range of a mezzo-soprano and contralto. She is also known for her barefoot performances.
    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".
    More Details Hide Details In July 31, 2015 her album Water For Your Soul was released, and was the number-one Reggae album the week it came out.
  • 2012
    Age 24
    Stone announced to newspaper La Vanguardia back in July 2012 that she would work on a reggae album.
    More Details Hide Details She stated that it would be recorded and produced by herself and Damian Marley, who previously worked in SuperHeavy.
    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").
    More Details Hide Details 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.
  • 2011
    Age 23
    The debut single, "Miracle Worker", was released on 19 July 2011.
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    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.
    More Details Hide Details Stone also joined the supergroup SuperHeavy which was formed by Mick Jagger of the Rolling Stones, together with Dave Stewart (credited by Mick with the original idea of SuperHeavy), 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 on 20 September 2011 by A&M Records.
    Stone partnered with Surfdog Records to release LP1 on 26 July 2011, through her own label Stone'd Records.
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    On 14 June 2011, police arrested two men in Cullompton, Devon, near Stone's home, for plotting to rob and murder her.
    More Details Hide Details 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.
  • 2010
    Age 22
    In 2010, She collaborated with Puerto Rican recording artist Ricky Martin for "The Best Thing About Me Is You", and peaked at No. 74 on the U.S Billboard Hot 100 and which topped the Hot Latin Songs and Latin Pop Songs chart, this was Stone's first number-one on all two charts, which also made her the first Briton of non-Hispanic origin to reach No. 1 on the Hot Latin Tracks and Latin Pop Songs chart.
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    In late August 2010, it was reported that Stone had left EMI and formed her own independent record label, Stone'd Records.
    More Details Hide Details EMI announced in late December that they would be releasing a greatest hits album, The Best of Joss Stone 2003–2009. The compilation was released on 30 September 2011.
    In 2010, Joss Stone provided vocals on two songs for the charity-focused audio drama production, 'A Voyage For Soldier Miles'.
    More Details Hide Details The songs are Lover Earth written by Dave Stewart and Mark Warford and Never Gonna Be The Same written and performed by Mark Warford and Niels Lan Doky. Stone's fourth studio album was written and recorded in about a week in Devon in early 2008. "I kind of woke up one morning and wanted to make an album", she says. "It's very, very raw. It's a bunch of musicians, writers and myself, and we're just jamming, basically." In promotion of the album, entitled Colour Me Free! Stone played concerts throughout the United Kingdom in February and March. Originally scheduled for release in April 2009, Colour Me Free! was finally released on 20 October 2009, after EMI delayed the album's release. Joss revealed that her record company also fought her about the original cover of her new album, calling it "offensive". It was changed to simple text and no picture of the singer on the American edition, the original cover was used on the other editions worldwide.
    In late 2010, Stone's voice and likeness were used for the "Bond girl" character of Nicole Hunter, a jewellery designer and MI6 agent, in the video game James Bond 007: Blood Stone.
    More Details Hide Details In addition to portraying the character, she also performed the game's theme song, "I'll Take It All", which was co-written and performed with Dave Stewart.
    In 2010, Stone also appeared on Ringo Starr's album, Y Not on the song "Who's Your Daddy" in which she sang and co-wrote with the ex-Beatle; appeared on Jeff Beck's album, Emotion and Commotion on the songs "There's No Other Me" and "I Put A Spell on You", being the last one nominated for the Grammy Award for Best Rock Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal at 53rd Grammy Awards.
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  • 2008
    Age 20
    On 7 December 2008, Stone performed the Who's 1965 song "My Generation" on CBS's Kennedy Center Honors TV special at the Kennedy Center, Washington, D.C., honouring Pete Townshend and Roger Daltrey.
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    On 26 October 2008, Stone sang the British national anthem, God Save the Queen, before the NFL match between the San Diego Chargers and the New Orleans Saints, held at Wembley Stadium, London.
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    She also performed "Right to Be Wrong" at the LA PRIDE 2008—produced by Christopher Street West, a non-profit organisation—in West Hollywood, California, on 7 June 2008.
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    Stone performed at the 19th Annual GLAAD Media Awards at the Kodak Theatre in Hollywood, Los Angeles on 26 April 2008.
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    Stone launched a legal battle in a bid to leave her record label, EMI, and free her of her current three-album deal with the record label in April 2008.
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    In March 2008, Stone signed for the role of a lesbian named Stephanie in the British romantic comedy Snappers.
    More Details Hide Details In addition to acting, she produced the film's soundtrack. The film, also starring Chloe Howman, Caroline Quentin and Bruce Jones, premiered at the English Riviera Comedy Film Festival in September 2008. Stone made her television debut portraying Henry VIII's fourth wife Anne of Cleves in the third season of Showtime's series The Tudors. She reprised the role in the show's final season in 2010, appearing in two episodes.
  • TEENAGE
  • 2007
    Age 19
    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 US.
    More Details Hide Details She 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 US, while her first two albums have sold over 2,000,000 copies in the UK.
    In mid-December 2007, Stone was named the new Flake girl to star in a series of television adverts for the Cadbury Schweppes product in the spring of 2008.
    More Details Hide Details According to the company, she is the first non-model to take the role.
    To raise the awareness of AIDS, Annie Lennox joined forces with twenty-three female acts (including Stone) and recorded the song "Sing", which was released on World AIDS Day on 1 December 2007, when Lennox performed at one of Nelson Mandela's 46664 concerts at Johannesburg's Ellis Park Stadium.
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    On 29 November 2007, Stone joined Jeff Beck on a duet of the Impressions's 1965 song "People Get Ready" as part of his series of concerts at London's Ronnie Scott's Jazz Club, documented on the DVD Performing This Week: Live at Ronnie Scott's.
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    On 7 July 2007, Stone performed at the South African leg of the Live Earth concerts at the Coca Cola Dome in Johannesburg, to promote awareness of global warming.
    More Details Hide Details She sang the Introducing Joss Stone tracks "Girl They Won't Believe It", "Headturner", "Tell Me What We're Gonna Do Now", "Music", and "Tell Me 'bout It", as well as Mind, Body & Souls "Right to Be Wrong" and "Gimme Shelter", the latter with Angélique Kidjo. Stone covered Nat King Cole's 1965 classic "L-O-V-E" for an advertising campaign for Chanel's Coco Mademoiselle fragrance.
    Stone is the first Product Red artist to do so. "Baby Baby Baby" was released digitally in December 2007 and physically in January 2008 as the third single.
    More Details Hide Details In support of the album, Stone embarked on a North American tour which began on 27 April at Foxwoods Resort Casino in Ledyard, Connecticut and ended on 13 June at the Filene Center in Vienna, Virginia, visiting sixteen cities in total including Philadelphia, San Francisco, Vancouver, Chicago, Toronto, New York and Boston. Two months later, she went on a North American late-summer tour which kicked off on 27 August at the Greek Theatre in Los Angeles and ended on 29 September at the Crossroads in Kansas City, Missouri, covering twelve cities—this time including Mexico City. Stone was photographed by Canadian singer-guitarist and photographer Bryan Adams for Phonak's Hear the World initiative, whose main goal is to raise global awareness for the topic of hearing and hearing loss. "Being able to hear means that you can enjoy all the sounds of the world", she said.
    Stone caused controversy at the 2007 BRIT Awards ceremony on 14 February 2007 while presenting the award for British Male Solo Artist (won by James Morrison).
    More Details Hide Details Speaking in an American accent, she circled the podium and gave a speech about Robbie Williams, who had been the target of earlier jokes made by host Russell Brand. Williams had been reported as going into rehabilitation that same week. As her speech continued, she made remarks about Brand, implying that he was heading for rehabilitation himself (while singing a passage of Amy Winehouse's hit "Rehab"). In response to the British media's reaction, Stone responded, "At the end of the day, I don't give a fuck if people have a problem with my accent. That's all I can say about it. The words I say do not change. If the way that it sounds is skew-wiff and you don't like it, don't listen. I'm not being a cruel person by sounding a different way. And I can't help it. I've been America working since I was, like, 14." Stone later claimed that her record label cancelled all her upcoming press appearances to publicise her upcoming third album as a result of the backlash.
    At the 2007 Grammy Awards, Stone shared the award for Best R&B Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocals for her collaboration with John Legend and Van Hunt on their 2005 cover of Sly & the Family Stone's 1971 chart-topper "Family Affair".
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  • 2006
    Age 18
    Stone made her film debut in the fantasy adventure film Eragon (based on the 2003 novel of the same name by Christopher Paolini), directed by Stefen Fangmeier and released on 15 December 2006, playing the fortune teller Angela.
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    Three days later, on 8 February, on the night of the 2006 Grammy Awards, she helped perform a medley of Sly & the Family Stone's hits alongside Legend, Ciara, Maroon 5, will.i.am, Robert Randolph, Steven Tyler and Joe Perry.
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    On 5 February 2006, Stone joined Stevie Wonder, India.Arie, and John Legend during the Super Bowl XL pre-game ceremonies to perform a medley of Wonder's hits.
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    She also collaborated with Lemar in 2006 on his third studio album, The Truth About Love, on the track "Anniversary".
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    Stone has earned numerous 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.
    More Details Hide Details 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 (2012) is her fourth consecutive album to reach the top 10 on the Billboard 200. Stone was born at Buckland Hospital in Dover, Kent and spent her teenage years in Ashill, a small village near Cullompton in Devon. She is the third of four children born to Wendy (née Skillin) and Richard Stoker. Her father owns a fruit and nut import/export business; her mother worked as Stone's manager until October 2004. Stone made her first public appearance at the Uffculme Comprehensive School—which she attended—in Uffculme, Devon, with a cover version of Jackie Wilson's 1957 song "Reet Petite". Stone blames her dyslexia for the fact that she left school at age sixteen with only three GCSE qualifications. "It wasn't that I was stupid. I'm just a little bit dyslexic and I wasn't very academic. I'm more artistic", she says.
  • 2005
    Age 17
    Stone performed a medley of "It's a Man's World" and "Papa's Got a Brand New Bag" with funk legend James Brown on BBC One's chat show Friday Night with Jonathan Ross on 1 July 2005.
    More Details Hide Details Stone collaborated with jazz pianist Herbie Hancock and blues singer-guitarist Jonny Lang on a cover of U2's 1988 song "When Love Comes to Town" for Hancock's 2005 album Possibilities. That same year, Stone was featured along with Sean Paul on Santana's "Cry Baby Cry", and worked on a remake of Patti LaBelle's 1985 song "Stir It Up" for the soundtrack to the Disney animated film Chicken Little.
    Three months later, on 2 July 2005, Stone performed "Super Duper Love", "I Had a Dream", and "Some Kind of Wonderful" at the Live 8 concert at Hyde Park, London.
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    On 11 April 2005, Stone performed "Spoiled", Rufus' 1974 song "Tell Me Something Good" with John Legend, Otis Redding's 1966 song "Try a Little Tenderness" with Donna Summer, and 1977's "Hot Legs" with Rod Stewart at "Save the Music: A Concert to Benefit the VH1 Save the Music Foundation", in benefit of VH1's Save the Music Foundation.
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    Stone also appeared in one of Gap's Fall 2005 "Favorites" commercials, singing the Beach Boys' 1966 song "God Only Knows".
    More Details Hide Details By that time, rumours circulated about her being dropped from the campaign because she was living with then-25-year-old songwriter and producer Beau Dozier (son of Motown producer and composer Lamont Dozier) in Los Angeles while she was only 17. However, Gap later denied the rumours, stating that they were very happy with Stone and telling BBC Radio 1 that the claims were "absolute tosh" and "a complete fabrication".
    In March 2005, Stone was named the spokesperson for the Gap clothing company, replacing the actress Sarah Jessica Parker.
    More Details Hide Details She appeared in a television advertisement for that store chain singing a cover of Ray Charles's 1958 song "Night Time Is the Right Time" (retitled "The Right Time").
    Their performance of "Cry Baby/Piece of My Heart" was released as a single, and through the aid of strong digital download sales, became Stone's first single to enter the US Billboard Hot 100, when it debuted and peaked at No. 32 the week of 2 April 2005.
    More Details Hide Details That same year, she was voted the World's Sexiest Vegetarian by peta2, alongside Chris Martin.
    She also received a nomination for Best UK Act of the Year at the 2005 MOBO Awards, as well as three nominations for 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 with rock performer Melissa Etheridge, in tribute to blues-rock singer Janis Joplin.
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    At the 2005 BRIT Awards, Stone won for British Female Solo Artist and British Urban Act—entering the Guinness World Records as the youngest BRIT Award solo winner at age seventeen, and was nominated for British Breakthrough Act.
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    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.
    More Details Hide Details She became the youngest British female singer to top the UK Albums Chart.
  • 2004
    Age 16
    In 2004, Stone began dating Beau Dozier, with whom she co-wrote the song "Spoiled". Dozier is the son of Motown producer Lamont Dozier, who is best known as part of Holland-Dozier-Holland. The two split up in November 2005.
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    After achieving critical acclaim with The Soul Sessions, Stone worked on new material, and recorded her second album, Mind Body & Soul, which was released on 28 September 2004, produced by the same team as her first album.
    More Details Hide Details She called the album her real debut. It debuted at No. one in the UK, breaking the record for the youngest female ever to top the UK Albums Chart, and just missed the top ten of the US Billboard 200 after peaking at No. 11. The lead single, "You Had Me", became her biggest hit to date when it rose to No. 9 in the UK. Follow-up singles "Right to Be Wrong" and "Spoiled" both made the top 40, and "Don't Cha Wanna Ride", the top 20. "Spoiled" landed just outside the top 50 of US Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs, peaking at No. 54. In early September 2005, Mind, Body & Soul was certified triple platinum by the BPI and platinum by the RIAA.
    Stone joined Band Aid 20 on 14 November 2004 in benefit of Sudan's troubled Darfur region.
    More Details Hide Details 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. Stone, who was born two years after the release of the original single, was not initially aware of who Bob Geldof was. The media gleefully reported that she repeatedly referred to him as Bob Gandalf. Despite some criticism, the single became the UK's biggest-selling single of 2004 as well as the 2004 Christmas number-one single.
    In April 2004, Stone performed during the VH1's benefit concert Divas Live 2004 alongside Ashanti, Cyndi Lauper, Gladys Knight, Jessica Simpson and Patti LaBelle, in support of the Save the Music Foundation.
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  • 2003
    Age 15
    After being signed by S-Curve Records, her US market album was released by the label S-Curve Records and in the international market her album was released by the label EMI Music. Stone flew to Miami and Philadelphia to start work on her debut album, The Soul Sessions, released on 16 September 2003.
    More Details Hide Details She collaborated with people with solid credentials in the Miami soul scene such as Betty Wright, Benny Latimore, Timmy Thomas and Little Beaver as well as contemporary acts Angie Stone and the Roots. The album, produced by Steve Greenberg, Mike Mangini and Betty Wright, consists of little-known soul tracks by Franklin, Laura Lee, Bettye Swann and others. Released in late 2003, it reached the top five on the UK Albums Chart as well as the top forty of the US Billboard 200 chart. The lead single, "Fell in Love with a Boy", a reworking of the White Stripes' 2001 "Fell in Love with a Girl", reached the top 20 of the UK Singles Chart, as did the second single, a cover version of Sugar Billy's 1974 song "Super Duper Love (Are You Diggin' on Me)". The album eventually went triple platinum by the British Phonographic Industry in mid-April 2005 and gold by the Recording Industry Association of America in late March 2004.
    She rose to fame in late 2003 with her multi-platinum debut album, The Soul Sessions, which made the 2004 Mercury Prize shortlist.
    More Details Hide Details 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.
  • 2002
    Age 14
    In early 2002, Greenberg flew Stone to New York for an audition, in which she sang to backing tracks of classic soul songs: Otis Redding's 1968 "(Sittin' On) The Dock of the Bay", Gladys Knight & the Pips' 1973 "Midnight Train to Georgia", and Franklin's "(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman"; Greenberg instantly signed her to his label.
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  • 2001
    Age 13
    Stone then performed on a charity show, where she drew the attention of the Boilerhouse Boys, composed of London-based producers Andy Dean and Ben Wolfe, who contacted S-Curve Records founder and CEO, Steve Greenberg in December 2001 telling him that "they had just heard the greatest singer they'd ever heard from their country."
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    In 2001, at the age of thirteen, Stone auditioned for the BBC Television talent show, Star for a Night in London, singing Franklin's 1968 Goffin-King hit "(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman" and Whitney Houston's 1999 single, "It's Not Right but It's Okay".
    More Details Hide Details After passing her audition, she sang Donna Summer's "On the Radio" for the broadcast, and eventually won the contest. She also appeared on and won Steps to the Stars (a TV programme hosted by H & Claire of the group Steps).
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1987
    Born
    Born on April 11, 1987.
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