After a kidnap scare and hanging with Mick Jagger, soul chanteuse Joss Stone revisits her biggest success, writes Sam Kelton
UK songstress bares her soul
Q: It has been nine years since Soul Sessions. Why wait so long? A: Really, I was just asked to do it and I thought it sounded fun so I did it. I wish there was a deeper reason but there isn’t. Steve ( Greenberg, record producer) had been asking me for a while and I never had the time because I was doing other projects.
Q: How did you choose the songs for The Soul Sessions:
Volume 2? Was it different compared with the 2003 album process? A: At the start we tried to do it like we did the first one, where we listened to a lot of music and just picked them and went into the studio with the songs in mind. So I said, ‘‘ Let’s just go in there and pick the songs as we did them.’’ I would pick the songs right before I sang them. Q: You cover The Rolling Stones’ I Got The Blues. Having worked with Mick Jagger in SuperHeavy, did you tell him you were covering the track? A: Did Mick do that song? The funny thing is, I didn’t know half of these songs before Steve played them to me. Q: Has Joss Stone got her mojo back with Volume 2? A:I feel like I never lost it just that people never bothered to listen to it. I didn’t get anything back – people are just starting to listen to me again. I mean, my voice has grown. There are songs on this album I could never have sung when I was 15. Q: A year ago, two men were arrested in a plot to kidnap you. Can you talk about that? A: The reason they don’t want me to talk about it is because it’s a court case and if I say the wrong thing it could put things in jeopardy. It’s OK, though, I’ve got more dogs now! Q: Well, how do you cope with the fame that comes along with success? A: It’s nice to have thousands of fans come to your shows and sing all the words. That is really lovely, that people care for what you do, but I would prefer not to have that on my doorstep because I like living my life. Q: You’re a veteran at the age of 25. That must feel weird? A: A lot of it has been a blur but it doesn’t feel like it’s been 10 years – it feels like a lifetime, to be honest. The only other thing I’ve done other than music is school and even that I can’t really remember because I left when I was 14 or 15. Q: Is there anything you would do differently looking back on the past 10 years? A: Ooh yes. I’ve experienced a lot of s--- really. But the wise person learns from someone who has already lived it.
Q: Are there plans to bring
The Soul Sessions: Volume 2
Down Under? A: Next year is when I’m hoping to come back. I’m pretty jampacked at the moment with America and Europe, and I’m not very good at geography but I’m pretty sure those places are nowhere near Australia. Hopefully soon. Q: You’re on the same label as Birdy, the 15- year- old singer who is the toast of the town in the UK. What’s it like seeing someone receive so much success at a young age, like you did? A: I love Birdy. She is amazing. I suppose if you look at it like that, it’s right: she is very young and very talented. What it makes me think, though, is ‘‘ Oh s---, the poor thing!’’ But she’s got an amazing voice and she’s still going to school. The weirdest thing is my next- door neighbour came in one day with her CD and said listen to this. It turns out she’s a daughter of one of her friends, so I got to hear Birdy before it came out. I’m so excited to see what she is going to be because she has much more control than I ever did at 15, and she plays the piano like nobody’s business.
Q: You’ve starred in The Tudors, American
Dreams and even voiced a hooker in American Dad. Are there any more screen roles on the horizon? A: You know, I wish there was. I’ve been making so much music I haven’t had the chance to go and do something like that again. It is so much fun, honestly you just dress up and pretend to be someone else.