There are artists out in this world, who could be more credited for their talent. Because they have a powerful voice, a great band on stage, a big variety of styles in one record or live sessions that bring back the smokey, dusty and raw jazz club athmosphere.
I’m talking about Joss Stone, a British soul singer that hit our local charts when she was sixteen, and is now finally touring with her newest baby, “Water for the Soul”. Her voice belongs in my opinion to the best of the past ten years, speaking of soulful music, like Amy Winehouse had. The records are free of any big rearrangements or changes, far away from bubblegum pop industry – the instruments are clearly identifiyable while listening, the drums, the guitars, the background vocals.
I was lucky enough to be present at her album release here in Zurich at the Kaufleuten club, less lucky to not having my camera working (it’s an old lady and she needs the doctor sometimes). Coming out on a stage with a microphone wrapped in a flowery scarf was waiting, with her typical wavy hair and a flowy white dress, Joss Stone seemed more to play for a bunch of friends in a livingroom than in a sold out venue. Her smiling, and dancing to the new record’s tunes, changing from reggae to sould and then to RnB, immediately let you know that she’s very comfortable on stage, just impersonating her laid back self, bringing the relaxed vibes even to the people standing far back in the club.
Her humour and interaction to the Swiss Fans, was far beyond the usual “Hello Zurich, how are you tonight” that can be thrown right there sometimes, it was an actual conversation. Like right before performing her song “Sensimilla” (one of my favourites on the album, close to the reggaeish intro “Love Me”) – an ode to weed, a topic that still divides opinions.
Joss Stone is able to make her live sessions a one of a kind experience: her new album presentation is the actual proof. It has road trip potential, it’s beach bomfire motivating, it’s candle light and blanket material. I was part of this experience and I really hope to enjoy this lovely lady on stage soon again. Water for the Soul – indeed.
Joss Stone – “Water for the Soul” – purchase your album digital or physical here.
A special thank you to Allblues for having me ❤
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