MASKED SINGER WINNER JOSS STONE’S FIRST SOLO SINGLE IN OVER 3 YEARS
Written by Gavin on 19th February 2021
Following her incredible turn as a singing sausage on the hit show The Masked Singer, which garnered over 10 million viewers, making it the highest rated non news/sport broadcast of the year, focus now returns to Grammy and Brit award-winning British soul sensation Joss Stone’s first solo single in over three years, ’Walk With Me’, out now. on S-Curve Records/BMG. The new single, first released in December, and impacting on April 2nd, was co-written and produced by long-time collaborator Jonathan Shorten.Returning to the label that helped launch her career, (president Steve Greenberg together with Betty Wright and Michael Mangini, worked with Stone on the release of her monumental debut album ‘The Soul Sessions’), Stone’s stand-alone single addresses the importance of unity and walking together in times of difficulty. Stone’s distinctive vocal takes centre stage on the uplifting track, through searing arcs of intensity and virtuosic runs, while interplaying with the rich gospel voices of Legato Vocal Ensemble.
Stone states “This song started out as a romantic song asking someone to walk through life with you. When we got to working on it so much had happened with the pandemic, and the doctors and nurses who have given so much of their lives to helping others, as well as what happened with George Floyd, so I rewrote the song. Everyone needs to come together in order to survive this life in peace….Let’s walk together. Through it all.”
After The Masked Singer final was broadcast on ITV earlier this month , with Stone crowned the winner, online searches for Joss leapt by over half a million in 24 hours and socials followers also jumped, with Instagram’s increasing by 100,000 in the same period. Since recording the show last Autumn Joss has given birth to a baby daughter, Violet. Of her experience on the show, which featured worldwide artists such as Neyo and Mel B, amongst others, Stone says:
“It’s the funniest most hilarious job I’ve ever had. We need some joy more than ever right now, music can give that and this show gives it too. It doesn’t take itself too seriously and it’s about positivity and fun, which has ti be a good thing. I had such a laugh doing it and I’m glad people enjoyed it.”
Stone’s last solo project, the 2015 album ‘Water for Your Soul’ achieved number-one reggae album on release and was voted best reggae album by Billboard. At just 33, Stone has already enjoyed a long career. She signed to a major label at 15, and rose to international success with her critically acclaimed debut album, ‘The Soul Sessions’, aged 16. She has released 7 studio albums and sold over15 million albums worldwide, won many awards including Grammys and Brit Awards, and had over 1 billion streams in the US alone.
Stone has kept the company of musical royalty from the outset. Performing alongside legendary artists such as James Brown, Herbie Hancock, Stevie Wonder, Gladys Knight, Sting, Van Morrison and Melissa Etheridge amongst many others. Additionally, she has collaborated with, and contributed to albums for many of the world’s finest musicians, including Jeff Beck, Sting, Mick Jagger and Damien Marley.
Stone has completed her most audacious project to date, The Total World Tour, in which she has performed a gig and collaborated with local artists in over 200 countries around the world. Recently, Stone has launched a weekly podcast ‘A Cuppa Happy’ and an online cooking show ‘Cooking with Joss’ that airs every Sunday on Facebook and garners an average of over 70k viewers each time.
JOSS STONE’S NEW SINGLE ‘WALK WITH ME’ IS OUT NOW ON S-CURVE/BMG
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