JOSS STONE

The sweet­est thing about Mick Jag­ger.

Sunday Tasmanian - Tassie Living - - Front Page -

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.

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