This is blog post (#5) is one of two open for comments October 9-12.
One of my favorite artists is British singer/songwriter Joss Stone. As someone who is “Stoned”, a fan of Joss Stone, i believe she is an incredible vocalist who has a very soulful quality to her voice that is incomparable. Born Joscelyn Stoker in 1987, Joss has been involved in music and the arts since she was young. She has released several albums since her debut in 2003. The soulful sound of her voice gives her the unique advantage to not being put into one category of music which allows for more listeners to experience her music. Some of the genres her music falls in include R&B/soul, reggae, and blue-eyed soul. My favorite song by her, Spoiled, is off of her second album, Mind, Body & Soul. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bll9is640ME . If you love music with a soft melody but powerful lyrics like I do, then I think Joss Stone is the perfect artist for you. As a songwriter, Joss is able to express herself in ways that many listeners connect with. Even if her songs are about heartbreak, she makes you feel sad but also comforted in a sense. Her song “Spoiled” especially is one of those songs. I think the rasp of her voice and the way she pronounces and emphasizes words is extremely mesmerizing. She sings about her heart-break but she also sings about being able to put pride aside and maybe things can work out. Pride is a something we all deal with in every aspect of life. Does the pitch or key an artist sings in make a difference in whether you as the listener, pay attention to the lyrics or the instrumentation? I hope that listening to this song will inspire you guys to go listen to more of her music.
P.S., I absolutely love acoustic versions of any genre of music so here is a bonus piece I think you guys will love. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o_AzWsLdLOQ . Enjoy!!