Damian Marley-produced Album “Water for Your Soul” by Joss Stone Hits #1 Billboard Reggae Charts
Joss Stone’s new album, “Water for Your Soul,” is a departure for the big-voiced English soul singer. She and Damian Marley produced the 14-song collection, which has a pronounced reggae flavor with hip-hop accents.
Stone worked with Marley in SuperHeavy, a supergroup that also included Mick Jagger, Dave Stewart of the Eurythmics and Indian composer A.R. Rahman (“Slumdog Millionaire”).
Such projects have helped expand Stone’s musical horizons.
“Water for Your Soul” was an album years in the making, starting five or six years ago when Stone wrote the deep-groove reggae song “Wake Up,” which features toasting from Marley.
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Along with a new album, Stone has launched what she’s calling the Total World Tour, in which she hopes to perform in every country on the planet.
So far, she says, Swaziland in southern Africa has been her favorite gig.
“Water for Your Soul” is Stone’s seventh solo album. She was just 16 when she released her 2003 debut, “The Soul Sessions,” which included the White Stripes cover “Fell in Love With a Boy.” She mined soul and funk sounds on her subsequent releases, showcasing a voice that can be powerful and robust, or sweetly tender, sometimes from one line to the next.
“Water for Your Soul” was released on July 31 on Stone’d Records/Kobalt Label Services.
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