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The world is Joss Stone's musical oyster

By Gary Graff
Digital First Media/@GraffonMusic

Posted: Thursday, September 11, 2014

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Joss Stone is on a world tour.

A REAL world tour.

The British singer, who was nominated for a Grammy Award for Best New Artist in 2005, plans to spend the next two to three years hitting more than 200 countries around the world, including many that never, or seldom, host concerts.

"I asked a friend once, 'Has anybody done a world tour?' and he said, 'Yeah, they do them all the time,' " says Stone (nee Stoker), 27. "So I said, 'Great, we'll play a gig in every country in the world.' And he said, 'No, Joss, people don't do that. People play world tours, but not every country.'

"And I said, 'Well, hang on a minute. How come this country is more important than that country,' and the answer, of course, is this country pays. I feel like that's wrong, somehow, and I'm lucky enough to get paid to play, and I can use that money to go and play for people that don't ever get played for and make this a proper world tour."

Stone says the venture is "flying by the seat of its pants" but has already played in 31 countries, including remote locales such as Lesotho, South Africa, where she played a show for Sentebale, a charity co-founded by Britain's Prince Harry. She's filming frequently during the trek and says a post-tour documentary is definitely possible, and Stone says she mostly hopes the endeavor allows her to tell a positive story about humanity.

"I'm interested in all the different cultures and how they work," explains Stone, who's nearly finished with her next album, an eclectic set tentatively titled "Water For Your Soul" that she hopes to have out in March. "And I'm very interested in human beings and how a lot of the time I hear people talking trash about human beings and that we're ruining the planet and are horrible to each other and kill each other all day long.

"My belief is there are 95 percent beautiful people on the planet, and five percent that make the splash that's negative. I think this (tour) will show I'm right about that."

Joss Stone

8 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 11

Soundboard at Motor City Casino, 2901 Grand River Ave., Detroit

Tickets are $41-$50

Call 313-309-4700 or visit www.motorcitycasino.com

Web Site: www.motorcitycasino.com

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