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Joss Stone has been obsessed with soul music since she was a little girl. By the time she was in her early teens she had begun to intuitively hone her now trademark gravely-but-lustrous vocals by singing along to Aretha’s Franklin’s Greatest Hits. She began pursuing a singing career at thirteen, securing a record deal at 15, and recording her star-making debut album, The Soul Sessions, which was released in 2003.
Ten years on from those stunning sessions, Joss has decided to bring things full circle and revisit where it all began – with her follow up to that multi million-selling debut, The Soul Sessions Vol 2, a stunning exercise in vocal poise, passion and power, showcasing some great songs and an artist at the peak of her vocal powers.
Following her critically acclaimed arrival on the music scene (which preceded the plethora of soul-inspired female artists that came along in her wake) things took off for Joss in an enormous way. Her second record, 2004’s Mind Body & Soul capitalized on ‘The Soul Sessions’ commercial momentum and critical adoration and earned Stone three Grammy nominations, including one for Best New Artist.
It also spawned a self-penned UK Top 10 single, “You Had Me”, and earned her two Brit Awards that same year. Her third album, 2007’s Introducing Joss Stone, was a more independent, less packaged effort, on which Joss further showcased her songwriting abilities, and revealed the singer had truly been embraced by the American audience when it debuted on the Billboard Top 100 at No.2, marking the highest debut ever for a female British solo artist. With over 11 million album sales to date and a wealth of experience under her belt, 2012 seemed like the right time to return to the Soul Sessions model from a new perspective.