Joss Stone (born Jocelyn Eve Stoker on 11th of April 1987) is an English soul and R&B singer-songwriter and actress.
Stone emerged to fame in late 2003 with her multi-platinum debut album, The Soul Sessions making the 2004 Mercury Prize shortlist. Her second album, the also-multi-platinum Mind, Body & Soul, topped the UK Albums Chart and featured the UK top ten hit "You Had Me."
Stone's latest album, Introducing Joss Stone, released in March 2007, has achieved gold status by the RIAA.
Throughout her career, Stone has sold over ten million albums worldwide and has won two BRIT Awards and one Grammy Award. She also made her acting debut in late 2006 with the fantasy adventure film Eragon, as the witch Angela.
In 2002, Stone decided to back her ability by flying out from England for an audition in New York City with S-Curve Records CEO Steve Greenberg. She performed Donna Summer's 1979 "On the Radio" and the gamble paid off, with Stone signing to the label.
The Soul Sessions (2003)
Released in late 2003 the album consisted of little-known soul tracks, rather than Stone's own material.
It reached the top five on the UK Albums Chart, and also made the top forty of the U.S. Billboard 200 chart.
The lead single, "Fell in Love with a Boy" a reworking of The White Stripes' 2001 "Fell in Love with a Girl," reached the top twenty of the UK Singles Chart, as did the second single, a cover version of Sugar Billy's 1974 song "Super Duper Love (Are You Diggin' on Me)."
The album eventually went triple platinum by the BPI in mid-April 2005 and gold by the RIAA in late March 2004.
Mind, Body & Soul (2004)
Released in 2004 the album proved to be an even bigger success than her first.
Containing new material, it debuted at number one in the UK and just missed the top ten of the U.S. Billboard 200, after peaking at number eleven.
The lead single, "You Had Me" became her biggest hit to date when it rose to number nine in the UK. Follow-up singles "Right to Be Wrong" and "Spoiled" both made the top forty, and "Don't Cha Wanna Ride" the top twenty.
In early September 2005, Mind, Body & Soul was certified triple platinum by the BPI and platinum by the RIAA.
At the 2005 BRIT Awards, Stone was nominated for British Breakthrough Act, and won British Female Solo Artist and British Urban Act, entering the Guinness World Records for being the youngest BRIT Award solo winner at age seventeen.
Introducing Joss Stone (2007)
Released in 2007 the album debuted and peaked at number twelve on the UK Albums Chart, not managing to match the success of Stone's two previous albums.
It nevertheless debuted at number two on the Billboard 200 selling 118,000 copies in its first week, then the highest debut for a British solo female artist on the U.S. chart.
"Tell Me 'bout It" the album's lead single, debuted and peaked at number twenty-eight on the UK Singles Chart and peaked at number eighty-three on the U.S Billboard Hot 100.
Stone made her film debut in the fantasy adventure film Eragon in 2006, playing the witch Angela.
In March 2008, Stone signed up for the role of a lesbian named Stephanie in the upcoming British romantic comedy Snappers.
Stone made her first public appearance at school with a cover of Jackie Wilson's 1957 song "Reet Petite."
Stone was the youngest woman on the 2006 Sunday Times Rich List an annual list of the UK's wealthiest people with £6 million.
She was also ranked number seventy-eight on Maxim's 2007 Hot 100.
Stone was named the World's Best Celebrity Dog Owner of 2005 in an online poll conducted by readers of The New York Dog Magazine and The Hollywood Dog Magazine. She owns two female dogs: Missy, a Rottweiler (named after rapper Missy Elliott) and Dusty, a Poodle (named for Dusty Springfield, one of her major influences).
In 2005 she was voted the World's Sexiest Vegetarian by peta2.
Having broken through with her 2003 debut album, it can be easy to forget that the artist also known as Joscelyn Eve Stoker had barely finished school at the time - she's only turned 28 this year. Success on both sides of the Atlantic led to multi-platinum sales, yet recent years saw Joss Stone make headlines for more personal reasons. She'll be glad to get the focus back on her music.
There's no hesitation from Stone in catapulting her audience into the reggae direction that characterises 'Water For Your Soul' - though opening track 'Love Me' feels very much like an extended intro. On a positive note, her voice remains as soulfully strong as the teen that impressed so many over a decade ago, but the Caribbean flavours present do not compliment her style. Worst of all is the Placebo and Inner Circle sampling 'Harry's Symphony', where she throws in a few lines of 'Bad Boys' in a Jamaican accent - the infamous Brit Awards incident seemingly teaching her nothing. It's far from the only stinker though, 'Cut The Line' and 'Way Oh' amongst others tread a similar path.
Perhaps predictably it is when Stone returns to more familiar territory that this record brings some enjoyment - but these moments are rare in this collection. 'This Ain't Love' is the perfect reminder of why she was heralded as such a talent, while the Latin touch on 'Let Me Breathe' would have been a more suitable influence to pack this release with. Unfortunately, these are closer to token gestures while Stone indulges her reggae experimentation - a decision that won't see her return to former glories any time soon.
Continue reading: Joss Stone - Water For Your Soul Album Review
The soul singer held a picture of her great-great-grandfather, who served in World War I, at the start of this year's Royal British Legion appeal
Soul singer Joss Stone has pledged her support for this year’s Poppy Appeal after she joined soldiers in a sunrise to sunset vigil to mark the start of the Royal British Legion’s annual campaign.
Joss Stone held a picture of her great-great-grandfather who has served in World War I as she began her watch shift
With her own personal commemoration as she held a picture of her great-great-grandfather, Private Alfred Ernest Stenning, who fought in World War I, she was joined by 29-year-old ex-Royal Marine Commando Pete Dunning, who lost both of his legs in Afghanistan.
Continue reading: Joss Stone Helps To Launch Poppy Appeal With Cenotaph Vigil
Which singers have tried their hand at acting recently?
It seems if you can sing, you should be able to act with a whole host of super singers putting down their microphones and picking up a script instead. Justin Timberlake has made one of the most impressive transferences from stage to screen with exciting supporting roles in hits including The Social Network and the Coen brothers' Inside Llewyn Davis and taking the lead role opposite Mila Kunis in Friends With Benefits.
Beyoncé successfully combined both singing and acting in the musical drama, Dreamgirls, and also tried her hand at pure acting in everyone's favourite detective film, The Pink Panther and in American thriller, Obsessed.
Of course, there are some popstars that are unlikely to ever find themselves in Oscar contention, such as Justin Bieber following his role in two episodes of CSI: Crime Scene Investigation back in 2010, and Joss Stone's slightly more substantial TV role as Anne of Cleves in The Tudors. But which serious fan of The Spice Girls didn't love their whirlwind musical comedy Spice World? And who didn't enjoy Britney Spears' turn in the girls on tour comedy Crossroads?
Sandra Bullock isn’t the first celeb to have crazed fans sneaking around her house
Oscar-winning Hollywood actress Sandra Bullock has just recently discovered how far some fans will go to come into contact with their idols as a man broke into her Beverly Hills home in the early hours on Tuesday. Since being arrested, the man who has been identified as Joshua Corbett who is aged 39 and resides in the San Fernando valley, Los Angeles.
A man broke into Bullock's Beverly Hills home while she was inside.
Despite the apparent exclusivity and subsequent security that Beverly Hills affords inhabitants, Bullock’s run-in with the obsessive fan proves that they will often go to ridiculous measures in order to gain recognition from the subject of their adoration. It also presents a worrying security concern as a lapse in mental health often fuels these celebrity obsessions. Most famously, John Hinckley Jr’s assassination attempt on then President, Ronald Raegan, was seen by Hinckley as a way of courting the attention of actress Jodie Foster. But to have a fan invade one’s personal space and most intimate of dwellings is a unsettling notion for most people, never mind those of the celebrity calibre. Here are a selection of unfortunate celebs who’ve been subject to break-ins, robberies and warped fans who got a little too close for comfort.
A man who plotted to murder and rob British soul-singer Joss Stone in June 2011 was sentenced yesterday (9th July 2013) to 18 years in prison. The man in question, Junior Bradshaw, was sentenced following extensive psychiatric analysis. His accomplice Kevin Liverpool was sentenced to life in prison in April 2013.
In 2011, Joss Stone was the target of two men who intended to rob and kill her at her home in county Devon, UK. Kevin Liverpool was sentenced in April 2013, whilst the sentencing for Joe Bradshaw was delayed until yesterday (9th July 2013)
Joss Stone at The Global Angels Awards, London 2012.
The pair was noticed by locals close to Stone's house in Ashill, near Hemyock in Devon. When searched by police they were carrying a body bag and a number of weapons including two samurai swords. They intended to rob and kill Stone.
Continue reading: Joss Stone Plot Perpetrator Jailed For 18 Years
Bristol six-piece Yes Sir Boss are set to release their brand new single featuring Joss Stone 'Mrs #1' on April 15th 2013. It's the second single from their 2012 debut album 'Desperation State' released on Stoned Records.
The accompanying music video is a home-movie style collection of footage of the band generally messing around and having a laugh with their Grammy winning new collaborator both on and off the stage. It's a wonderful touch that adds to the upbeat mood on this brilliant funk-rock track. Joss Stone's legendary soul voice adds an infectious pop flair to the track and contrasts beautifully with lead singer Matt Sellors's throaty vocals. Matt has admitted that he was pleased with the results despite not initially writing the track as a duet. 'The addition of female vocals seemed to add clarity to the lyrics, and in a way, make the song complete', he said.
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Man accused of plotting to kill singer Joss Stone kept macabre diary
One of the two men accused of plotting to kill the singer Joss Stone reportedly wrote a diary that included notes with the words “death,” “rob,” and “injure” in. Junior Bradshaw, 32 and Kevin Liverpool, 35, were arrested a few miles from Stone’s house in Devon, back in June 2011.
Liverpool was the accused man alleged to have kept the sadistic diary, which included reminder lists for himself, to buy items such as a semi-automatic gun, a silencer, a “ninja sword” and infrared equipment, according to a BBC report. He also left himself notes in the diary as a reminder to buy a hooded top, car insurance, a safe and to open a bank account. He had also included details of Joss Stone’s place of birth, a biography of her career in the music industry and referred to her as “princess.” They took a dislike to Stone in particular because of her connections to the Royal Family. In the diary, there were references made to the harm that they allegedly intended to do to Joss, with urban slang terms such as “wet” (meaning to repeatedly stab someone until their clothes are soaked with blood) and “popo” which is a reference to police.
The pair are on trial at Exeter Crown Court, where the jury are hearing the evidence. Both men have denied the charges of conspiracy to murder, rob and cause grievous bodily harm.
Continue reading: Murder Accused Man In Joss Stone Trial Kept Death Notes Diary
Singer Joss Stone was at the centre of a plot to kill and decapitate her, two accused men are on trial
The trail of two men accused of plotting to behead the singer Joss Stone continues. Yesterday, Kevin Liverpool, 35 and Junior Bradshaw, 32 appeared in Exeter Crown Court, facing the charges and evidence presented against the pair included a series of notes, with details of their plans and the fact that they were eventually stopped near her house, with a Samurai sword, hammers and knife.
Prosecutors explained that “macabre” notes were found, threatening to decapitate her and dump her body in a river. They reportedly dubbed the 25 year-old singer a “she-devil in the flesh.” According to The Sun’s report the two accused men took a dislike to Joss because of her apparent connection with the royal family, as she has had royal attendees at her concerts and has sung at a number of royal charity gigs. Stone was also a guest at William and Kate’s wedding in 2011. “The documents appear to express disapproval of the Royal family and the Queen,” said Simon Morgan QC, prosecuting. He added “Joss Stone associates with members of the Royal family — her concerts have been attended by members of it and she was invited to the Royal wedding. The defendants didn’t like that and made remarks about the Queen. Hence she becomes a target. The documents express their hatred of her. With this arsenal of weapons it is obvious they were intent upon serious violence. The intended target is Joss Stone — their intention was to rob and kill her.”
The two flatmates, from Longsight, Manchester, had discovered details of Stone’s previous residence from an episode of MTV’s Cribs programme. They were spotted outside her home around a month before the arrests were made. Once in Devon, on the day of the arrest, the pair used a photo of Joss to try and get directions to her home, from a postman. They ended up in Collumpton, seven miles away. Suspicious local residents phoned the police, subsequently resulting in their arrest, after a number of incriminating items were found in the car, including a lock-knife, a balaclava, a map, a metal spike, a hammer, black bags and gaffer tape.
Continue reading: Accused Men In Court Over Joss Stone Samurai Decapitation Plot
Joss Stone could have been decapitated if the police hadn't stepped in, a court has heard
Joss Stone – or the “corrupt she-devil,” should the defendants be believed – was subject to plans of decapitation-via Samurai sword and dumping in the river, it has been reported by The Independent.
Junior Bradshaw and Kevin Liverpool - according to prosecutor Simon Morgan - researched the singer online before choosing her as their intended target. They then set off for mid-Devon, to Stone’s address, armed with a Samurai sword, knives, bags and in a Fiat Punto. They allegedly targeted the soul singer because of her wealth, and what they perceived to be a link to the royal family, after she was a guest at Prince William and Kate Middleton’s wedding. Opening the case at Exeter Crown Court, Morgan QC told the jury: “This case is about a decision by a group of individuals, of which these defendants are two, to rob and kill Joss Stone. They got a car, they collected their weapons of choice, and they made their way from Manchester to a short distance from Joss Stone’s house."
Lucky escape - Joss Stone
The trial of two men accused of planning to murder Joss Stone has begun in Exeter.
Kevin Liverpool, 35, and Junior Bradshaw, 32, the two men were conspired to rob and murder the soul singer Joss Stone, have gone on trial in Exeter. The pair drove from Manchester to the singer's home in Devon in June 2011, though were arrested with weapons before they approached Stone's home. Prosecutor Simon Morgan told the jury at Exeter crown court: "This case is all about a decision by a group of individuals, of whom these defendants are two, to rob and kill Joss Stone."
"That is not a phrase I have plucked from the air. It is used in documents written by Mr Liverpool during the planning stages of this plot. We don't know who the others are but that does not matter. Your concern is whether these two were part of the plot. It doesn't matter what part they took or planned to take," he added.
The pair reportedly made their way from Manchester to within a short distance of Joss Stone's house, though were arrested in Cullompton after locals reported a strange vehicle in the area. "Joss Stone is an extremely wealthy young woman. These defendants drove from Manchester to find her. Fortunately they were not successful, although she was at home. They were reported by eagle-eyed people of small communities surrounding Cullompton," said Morgan.
Continue reading: Men Accused Of Planning To Murder Joss Stone Face Trial In Exeter
Date of birth
11th April, 1977