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Joss Stone "Introduces" Herself With Third Album

Of the Oakland Press

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American ears were apparently pleased to “meet” Joss Stone this year.

The British soul singer’s third album, “Introducing Joss Stone,” bowed at No. 2 on the Billboard 200 chart when it was released in March — the highest debut ever for a British female solo artist and a showing that still blows away the 20-year-old Stone.

“It was shocking,” says Stone, whose 2003 debut album, a covers set called “The Soul Sessions,” featured a languid version of the White Stripes’ “Fell in Love with a Boy.”

“I’m very happy — I don’t know what else to say about that, really. It was a nice thing to hear ... and very strange, not something you’d expect to hear.”

Then again, an album title like “Introducing ...” isn’t what you’d expect from an artist’s third album, either. But Stone, who worked on the set with producer and former Tony! Toni! Tone!/Lucy Pearl leader Raphael Saadiq, says that she had more creative input — and did significantly more writing — on “Introducing ...” than she did on “The Soul Sessions” and 2004’s “Mind, Body & Soul.”

“People get confused by (the title) — understandably,” Stone says. “They’re like, ‘Hang on, were we hearing, like, a fake Joss before?’ And I’m like, ‘No, no, no ... You just weren’t hearing my vision. It was somebody else’s vision that I just happened to be singing on.’

“So when I say ‘Introducing Joss Stone,’ it’s like finally, now they’ve given me the chance to actually create a piece of art, to create an album that has a start, a middle and a finish and is an actual piece of art that I can say is a whole.”

Joss Stone, Ryan Shaw and Javier perform at 7 p.m. Tuesday (Oct. 2)at the Fillmore Detroit, 2115 Woodward Ave., Detroit. Tickets are $45 and $30. Call (313) 961-5450 or visit www.livenation.com.

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