Joss Stone has revealed details of her first album release in almost three years, Water For Your Soul.
Stone’s seventh studio release is set for release in July via Stone’d Records. “This album has been years in the making and I’ve collaborated with some truly amazing people all around the world to make it happen. It’s all about finding your own fulfillment and doing what you really want to do,” Stone says. “For me, that’s music – it feeds my soul, the same way water feeds a flower. It’s also about being brave, letting go and realising that hey, you’re alive today!”
The lead single from Water For Your Soul will be ''The Answer'', which was co-written by reggae musician Dennis Bovell.
Joss Stone: Hip-Hop is ‘The Backbone’ of New Album
By Gary Graff, Detroit | October 14, 2014 4:25 PM EDT
Joss Stone performs on Day 5 of the Ottawa Folk Festival on September 14, 2014 in Ottawa, Canada.
“There's some early reggae elements that find their way in there, but in general it's hip-hop,” says the singer-songwriter.
Amidst her world travels, Joss Stone has found time to make her next album, which she hopes to finish in November for release in the spring of 2015. Stone tells Billboard that she's "towards the end of making" the set, which she's tentatively titled Water For Your Soul.
"It's different," she says. "It's like a mix between reggae, hip-hop, R&B, a bunch of different elements in there, really, even some Indian influence, maybe a little Irish influence. Trying to mix that together is a bit of a challenge, but I like it. It's really strange, but it's a really cool record."
Stone says he's been working on "loads" of songs for the project, including some she's written with Damian Marley, one of her bandmates in the short-lived all-star project SuperHeavy with Mick Jagger, Dave Stewart and A.R. Rahman. "The actual concept of this record was kind of born when I met (Marley)," Stone explains. "When I worked with him on the SuperHeavy record, he said, 'Joss, you got to make a reggae record.' I said, 'Damian, I'm not Jamaican. I can't do that.' Then I thought, 'Yes I can.' You don't have to be from any place to do any kind of style, so I thought, 'OK, I'm gonna do this.' "
Hip-hop, meanwhile, is "the backbone" of the album, according to Stone. "The bass and the drums are more hip-hop than anything else. I'm not rapping, but the backbone and the weight is hip-hop. There's some early reggae elements that find their way in there, but in general it's hip-hop."
Stone has been trying out some of the new songs during her Total World Tour, a three-year endeavor she began during April with a goal of visiting 204 countries, including many that never, or seldom, host concerts.
"I asked a friend once, 'Has anybody done a world tour?' and he said, 'Yeah, they do them all the time,' " says Stone. "So I said, 'Great, we'll play a gig in every country in the world.' And he said, 'No, Joss, people don't do that. People play world tours, but not every country.' And I said, 'Well, hang on a minute. How come this country is more important than that country,' and the answer, of course, is this country pays. I feel like that's wrong, somehow, and I'm lucky enough to get paid to play, and I can use that money to go and play for people that don't ever get played for and make this a proper world tour."
Stone says the venture is "flying by the seat of its pants" but has already played in remote locales such as Lesotho, South Africa, where she played a show for Sentebale, a charity co-founded by Britain's Prince Harry. She's filming frequently during the trek and says a post-tour documentary is definitely possible; she mostly hopes the endeavor allows her to tell a positive story about humanity.
"I'm interested in all the different cultures and how they work," explains Stone. "And I'm very interested in human beings and how a lot of the time I hear people talking trash about human beings and that we're ruining the planet and are horrible to each other and kill each other all day long. My belief is there are 95 percent beautiful people on the planet, and five percent that make the splash that's negative. I think this (tour) will show I'm right about that."
Sade Adu & Eric Benet have performed barefoot too. Some traditional dancers in Africa are barefoot and so were the ones during the Brand New Day part in The Wiz movie.
For 65 years straight, the #1 genre in music, selling wise, was rock n' roll worldwide. Last year (2017) in June, it got de-crowned by hip hop. Hip hop is the #1 genre. It's hip hop - rock - country - pop or pop - country. ~ Pras
While it’s been some time since Joss Stone has performed for a Vegas audience, she’s no stranger to Rock in Rio, having performed multiple times at the global festivals. Saturday night, in her signature barefoot fashion, the soul songstress treated both Rock in Rio and Las Vegas to a whole lot of new music off her upcoming Water for Your Soul album, set for release this summer.
Kicking it off with “You Had Me” off 2004’s Mind Body & Soul, Stone routinely blended new material (“Molly Town,” “Love Me,” “Harry’s Symphony”) with fan favorites (“Right to Be Wrong,” “Super Duper Love”), and Stone was perfectly on-point vocally, belting it all out with her powerhouse pipes. She growled out a cover of Jay Hawkins’ gritty “I Put A Spell On You,” a song perfectly suited for her voice and a standout performance—for both Stone’s set and Rock in Rio’s Pop Weekend at large.
And at 28 years old, the soulful singer also has stage presence beyond her years. In a flowing blue and white dress, she captivated the audience with her charming stage banter and really worked the stage between songs, all while maintaining an obvious chemistry with the solid musicians backing her. Stone’s set was fun and flirty while being musically sound and obviously very rehearsed, which made her return to a Vegas stage such a treat to watch.
My pleasure. This Rio concert really showcased the new music. I'm really liking all the tracks and might be her best album she has done in a while. I really like the latin/salsa sounding track. She should have done it in Argentina. Hey mordang here are some pics for ya.