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Joss Stone's new song and more, 5 Things to Know

By Gary Graff
ggraff@medianewsgroup.com, @GraffonMusic on Twitte

Posted: Wednesday, January 13, 2021

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When Joss Stone invites you to "Walk With Me," you better have comfy shoes on, 'cause the British singer is not one for standing still.

The soulful and socially conscious track is Stone's first new releases since a pair of singles during 2017 and is a stand-alone in front of a new album she plans to release this summer. It comes amidst a weekly podcast, "A Cuppa Happy," as well as her "Cooking With Joss" show, also weekly, on Facebook.

And, oh yeah, she's expecting her first child in February.

So Stone isn't letting much, including a pandemic, slow her down. Fortunately she can talk as well as "Walk"...

• Stone, 33, says from Nashville, where she now resides, that "Walk With Me" came about early in 2020 as she was gathering material for her next albums. Co-writer Jonathan Shorten initially composed it as "a romantic song, a wedding song in a way," but it grew into a more socially conscious track, with lines such as "united we stand" and referencing the George Floyd murder in Minneapolis. "(Shorten) said, 'I want you to kind of make the lyric more your own' and then it just turned into something more universal and more unifying, hopefully."

• "Walk With Me" also reunites Stone with Steve Greenberg and his S-Curve Records, which released her first two albums. "It's a bit of coming back together for us, because last year we lost (singer) Betty Wright, who was my mentor and my link to Steve. I just felt like it was appropriate, and (Wright) really lives through that. It's a unique thing to that song, and to this moment."

• Stone has recorded the new album, her eighth, with Dave Stewart in Nashville, and she hopes to have it out during July. "We recorded it in a matter of two weeks, 'cause that's the way they do it here. They're quick. It's very, like, emotional. Some of it's quite dramatic. And it's very song-y rather than groove-based. A lot of the music I've done in the past has been very groove-based, R&B and blues. This stuff is very...we tried to go more Burt Bacharach-style. We thought about Dusty Springfield a lot while we were making it."

• Stone's podcast and cooking show have allowed her to maintain a public profile at a time she can't tour or perform live. "I just get bored. My job got taken away from me...so you've got two options. You ca sit there and be (very angry) or you come up with other ways to do your job. There's so many different things that you can do. As long as I'm affecting people in a positive way, I feel like it's good I'm here."

• Stone is even more excited, of course, about her other pending "new release," though she's chosen not to know the baby's sex before it's born. "I have lots of different girls’ clothes and boys’ clothes -- my brother's having a girl, so if mine's not a girl I know where to send the other stuff. It's so fun; I've wanted to be a mum for a long time. I've never been, like, 'Oh God, I couldn't possibly have a child. I have a career!' I get that, but I've always wanted to have children and...I'll learn how to have both. I just think it will be the most beautiful thing in the world."

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