Childhood & Early Life
Stone was born Jocelyn Eve Stoker on April 11, 1987 at Buckland Hospital in Dover, Kent, England, to Wendy and Richard Stoker, who owns a fruit and nut import/export business as the third of four children.
She attended Uffculme Comprehensive School in Uffculme, Devon, where she made her first public appearance, and left school at age sixteen with only three GCSE qualifications because she was dyslexic.
She grew up listening to a wide variety of music including American R&B and soul music performed by such artists as Dusty Springfield and Aretha Franklin, and she developed a soulful style of singing.
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At thirteen, Stone auditioned for the BBC Television talent show, Star for a Night in London. She sang Donna Summer’s, On the Radio, for the broadcast, and eventually won the contest.
The London-based producers Andy Dean and Ben Wolfe of the Boilerhouse Boys, her heard her at a charity show, and recommended her to S-Curve Records founder and CEO, Steve Greenberg in December 2001.
She was flown to New York, and in the audition sang classic soul songs of Otis Redding, Gladys Knight and Aretha Franklin’s, and was instantly signed by Greenberg to his label in 2002.
Her debut album, The Soul Sessions, released in 2003, was produced by Steve Greenberg, Mike Mangini and Betty Wright, and consists of little-known soul tracks by Aretha Franklin, Laura Lee, Bettye Swann and others.
Her second album, Mind Body & Soul, was released in 2004. Its singles such as, You Had Me, Right to Be Wrong, Spoiled, and Don’t Cha Wanna Ride, became huge hits.
She joined Band Aid 20 in 2004 in benefit of Sudan’s troubled Darfur region, and with luminaries as Chris Martin and Bono, re-recorded the song, Do They Know It’s Christmas?.
In March 2005, she was named the spokesperson for the Gap clothing company, replacing the actress Sarah Jessica Parker. She has appeared in many commercials for that store since then.
She 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 in July 2005.
Stone collaborated with jazz pianist Herbie Hancock and blues singer-guitarist Jonny Lang on a cover of U2’s song, When Love Comes to Town, for Hancock’s 2005 album, Possibilities.
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She joined Stevie Wonder and others during the Super Bowl XL pre-game ceremonies to perform a medley of Wonder’s hits, and on the night of the 2006 Grammy Awards, she helped perform a medley.
She made her film debut in 2006, in the fantasy adventure film, Eragon, based on Christopher Paolini’s novel of the same name, directed by Stefen Fangmeier, playing the fortune teller Angela.
Her third studio album, Introducing Joss Stone, released in 2007, debuted and peaked at number twelve on the UK Albums Chart, but could not match the success of Stone’s two previous albums.
Stone’s fourth studio album entitled Color Me Free!, was released in 2009. She left EMI over differences regarding the cover picture of the album, and formed her own independent record label, Stone’d Records
In 2010, her voice was used for the Bond girl, in the video game, James Bond 007: Blood Stone, and she also performed and co-wrote with Dave Stewart the game’s theme song.
She made her television debut portraying Henry VIII’s fourth wife Anne of Cleves in the third season of The Tudors. She reprised the role in the show’s final season in 2010.
The Soul Sessions Vol. 2, the sixth studio album by the artist was released in 2012. It consists of eleven cover versions of soul songs, and is a follow-up of her debut album.
Stone’s debut album, The Soul Sessions, reached the top five on the UK Albums Chart and eventually went triple platinum by the British Phonographic Industry and gold by the Recording Industry Association of America.
Her 2004 album, Mind Body & Soul, debuted at number one in Britain making her the youngest female to top the UK Albums Chart, and the album was certified triple platinum by the BPI.
Stone’s album, Joss Stone, earned for her the HUMO’s Pop Poll de Luxe Award for Best International Female Singer, and two Brit Awards in the British Female Solo Artist and British Urban Act categories.