British soul songstress Joss Stone is an artist of the truest type. With three studio albums and a reputation as one of the music industry’s most brilliant vocalists, Stone has sold over 8 million albums worldwide.
Passionate about soul from a young age, Stone recalls how she asked her mother for an album by Aretha Franklin for Christmas when she was ten. When she was 13, she auditioned for the BBC Television talent show, Star of the Night, singing Franklin’s “(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman”; she would go on to win the contest.
Stone debuted her album when she was 16 with the release of The Soul Sessions, which was shortlisted for the 2004 Mercury Prize.
That same year, she released her second album, Mind, Body and Soul, which featured the hit single “You Had Me.” The song reached the top 10 singles chart in the UK, making Stone the youngest British female artist to top the chart. Stone received Grammy nominations for both the album and the song in 2005, and she was nominated that same year in the “Best New Artist” category.
Stone went on to release five more albums. Her 2012 album The Soul Sessions, Vol. 2 reached the top 10 on the Billboard 200. She also won a Grammy in 2007 for her collaborative performance of “Family Affair” with John Legend and Van Hunt.
Joss Stone has twice served as a Counsellor for One Young World. She spoke at the 2011 Summit in Zurich, and 2012 in Pittsburgh.