Joss Stone first landed on the music radar nine years ago with "The Soul Sessions," taking on songs originally done by Aretha Franklin, the Isley Brothers, Waylon Jennings and the White Stripes at just 16 years old.
This year, at 25 and with four more albums behind her -- as well as involvement in the all-star band SuperHeavy with Mick Jagger and others and an acting role in Showtime's "The Tudors" -- Stone has released "The Soul Sessions Volume 2" and didn't give a second thought to repeating herself.
"That chap that signed me (Steve Greenberg of S-Curve Records) was like, 'Do you want to do another one?' and I said, Yeah, alright.' I thought it would be fun," explains Stone, who's the fifth richest British musician under 30 according to the country's Sunday Times.
"It's interesting to me how the rest of the world sees it. Most people see it as a round circle, a new beginning. It's going back to my roots, whatever they are. For me, I just thought it would be fun, and it was fun."
"Soul Sessions Volume 2" finds Stone tackling songs by the Chi-Lites, Sylvia and Eddie Floyd, with Broken Bells' "The High Road," as the token contemporary track. And, she says, hunkering down in Nashville to make the sequel was, not surprisingly, a considerably different experience than making the first "Soul Sessions" set.
"I started recording 'Soul Sessions' when I was 15," recalls Stone, who's planning a major world tour in 2013. "I had a tutor out we me. We were in Miami, and I would stand outside the hotel room and touch the air because it was so thick, like nothing I'd ever felt. And I'd never recorded before, so I was very nervous a lot of the time.
"And this time I was comfortable. I was happy. Now when I get in the studio I feel like it's where I should be. It's where I'm safe from everything in the world. So it was a completely different vibe."
Joss Stone performs Saturday, Oct. 6, at the Royal Oak Music Theatre, 318 W. Fourth St. Door open at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $49.50 reserved, $27.50 general admission advance ($30 day of show). Call 248-399-2980 or visit www.royaloakmusictheatre.com.
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