Interview: Joss Stone
Fri, 22 May 2015 11:08:50
The singer reveals how an attempted hit on her life didn't ruin her day.
Joss Stone has had her coffee and she is ready to talk!
Never underestimate the importance of a singer or an artist having his or her caffeine before diving deep in an interview.
Stone, a consummate soul diva who burst onto the scene in the '00s with her big, bold and beautiful voice, is back with her new album Water For Your Soul, which is out July 17. Of course we got an advance listen to the album (it slays) and some time with Stone (she's a real treat to chat with!)
It's not a shock that Stone's new album has the word "soul" in the title, since that is the genre in which she made her name and built her rep, since she showed up with a gorge mane of blonde hair and a lived-in, smoky voice that drew comparisons to Aretha Franklin.
While Stone pre-dates her fellow Brit Adele, she has the same power and range. But with Water For Your Soul, Stone has not given us a straight neo soul record. Stone has a monster, room-filling voice, but overall, it's a sonic departure. It's chill and there's a distinct reggae flavor. < br>
So that's what we wanted to talk to her about. She also was open about the attempted hit on her life, which never made it to her front door but did grab plenty of headlines.
The new album has a bit less soul and a bit more reggae influence. Why did you change directions a little?
Joss Stone: I get bored quickly. That is part of my personality. If I do the same thing over and over, I would be like 'Ugh! Damn this. I want to do something else.' That is my life in every area, from decorating my house to the food I cook to dog walking, I get bored with walking down one road. I like to change it up, with my music, too. I met different people along the way. Who doesn't love reggae? I didn't know a lot about it before, but I loved it.
We have been doing this world tour, which is including every country in the world, and we're not that far in. We're a quarter of the way in. In each place, I collaborate with an artist from that region. That helps me understand different styles and rhythms. You involve yourself and it's an education.
Will the people you meet now on this tour factor into your next album?
Hopefully. I went to Uruguay and heard a new rhythm. It's a national rhythm, everyone in the country knows. Ruben Rada is the king of it. He doesn't know why it has gotten further than Uruguay, since you can sing anything over it. Maybe if I find an opportunity, I can involve this rhythm in my next piece of music.
You can be the bridge for that rhythm!
Why not! It keeps life interesting.
Did the crazy drama that surrounded you... did that factor into the music?
Oh, do you mean the people who tried to kill me? Is that what you mean?