The sweetest thing about Mick Jagger.
IT WAS a case of leaving their egos at the door when supergroup SuperHeavy came together.
Consisting of Mick Jagger, A. R. Rahman, Dave Stewart, Damian Marley and Joss Stone ( pictured), it was no easy task to get this bunch of heavyweights to coordinate schedules to be in the studio at the same time. When they did come together, the studio was jam-packed.
‘‘ Everyone else came with their people, not me though,’’ Stone says. ‘‘ I just turned up with my handbag and a pencil.’’
Stone is talking from New York, where she has performed at a Tommy Hilfiger fashion show.
She has lots going on. As well as SuperHeavy’s debut album, Stone’s fifth solo effort, LP1, is out now and she’s heading to Australia next month.
At 24, Stone has sold more than 11 million albums since starting a decade ago, enjoying international success with hits
TellMe ’ Bout It and You Had Me. She has also tried her hand at acting, appearing in the film
Eragon, as Angela, and as Anne of Cleaves in TV drama The Tudors.
Success aside, fame is not something Stone has chased.
‘‘ When I began my life in this, I hoped to be credible, not to be just big for being big,’’ she says.
‘‘ The point is to make really good music and to move people and if I do that, and only 100 people hear it, then I’ve succeeded. I love music and I never want to disrespect it and do it for fame’s sake. Fame is not all it’s cracked up to be. It’s a crock . . . It’s a pain but it is wonderful to walk out on stage.’’
Stone’s worst brush with fame came this year when two men were arrested and charged after a foiled attempt at kidnapping her. They were found near her home in Devon, in England’s southwest, carrying swords, rope and a body bag. ‘‘ They can rot in jail,’’ she says. ‘‘ Those idiots don’t deserve a second thought.’’
The SuperHeavy project came out of left-field and Stone admits she was surprised to be asked to contribute. Dave Stewart, of Eurythmics fame, invited her to be part of the project.
With her enchanting pop-soul voice, her task was to simply inject her style into the album.
‘‘ I didn’t feel too intimidated,’’ she says. ‘‘ We all do something that is different. The idea of the project is that we all do our own thing and be ourselves as much as we can be and then mash them together to make this new sound.
‘‘ It certainly doesn’t sound like anything else at the moment because it’s a mix between five different genres.’’
The common thread for this band is music. It is music that brought them together and the bond that makes SuperHeavy work.
‘‘ My favourite part of this was when we were making the music, which is pretty much my favourite part of any project,’’ she says.
And working with Jagger? Well, he’s just ‘‘ so sweet’’.
‘‘ Mick’s not a scary guy. He’s a really loving and giving character when you are writing with him. He’s a very intelligent chap, really interesting to be around. He’s got a lot to give, which I find really lovely,’’ Stone says.
SuperHeavy came together first in 2009 with its self-titled album finally released this month. The next step, hopefully, will be touring.
‘‘ I don’t know how likely it is but I think it is possible,’’ she says. ‘‘ I think people should get online and start making a petition.’’
Stone is due to arrive in Australia next month, joining Ricki-Lee Jones on stage for the closing night of the Melbourne Festival.
She’ll also spend some time in Sydney but has no plans to perform there. ‘‘ I’m actually going to take some time to see Australia,’’ she says. ‘‘ I just want to come and enjoy it.’’
SUPERHEAVY is out now. LP1, ( Joss Stone’s solo album), is in stores now.