Nite Life Midnight Album Feature: Joss Stone – The Soul Sessions

Joss Stone recording “The Soul Sessions”

Every Friday night at 12 o’clock it’s the “Midnight Album Feature”. DJ Michele brings the tracks and history on an album from her personal collection. Last week’s featured album was Joss Stone‘s The Soul Sessions.

Joss Stone was born and raised in Devon, England, and was 16 when she came to the U.S. to record this 2003 debut release The Soul Sessions. She was coached by the great gospel soul singer Betty Wright who was a semi-famous soul diva in the 60s and 70s. The album is a collection of covers and obscure soul tracks and was produced by Steve Greenberg of S-Curve Records, Mike Mangini, and Betty Wright. Also appearing are soul stars Latimore, veteran soul guitarist Little Beaver and Timmy Thomas.

Stone has sold more than 7.5 million albums worldwide and she’s been nominated for four Grammy Awards. She’s appeared onstage with James Brown, The Rolling Stones, Stevie Wonder, Elton John, Patti Labelle, Mavis Staples, and Smokey Robinson. She’s on tour this month and will be playing Seattle at the Paramount on May 24.

The reason I love Joss Stone so much is 1.) She was a top-notch singer at age 16. 2.) She is world-wise, world-weary and innocent at the same time. and 3.) I love the way that they produced this album. The best way I can describe it is “silvery”. It shimmers, glows. They compressed the hell out of it so it sounds like she’s right next to you.

Here’s Joss Stone performing her hit single “Super Duper Love” from The Soul Sessions, recorded live:

Tune in to Nite Life every Friday night from 9 pm to 1 am. This week Michele features Chicago rockers The Ponys‘ 2007 release Turn The Lights Out.

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