I am still on a huge Joss Stone kick. I’ve been listening to her albums, and man, they are good! I’m really feeling Colour Me Free – the more I listen to it, the more it grows on me. And Introducing Joss Stone is brilliant. It is great from beginning to end. I think it is her best album, not one song is bad or feels out of place.
Here is the performance of “Stalemate” from Monday night’s episode of The Tonight Show with Jay Leno. I was really impressed by the performance, much more than the CBS Early Show performance.
On Thursday I’m going to see Justin Nozuka play a set at The Hotel Cafe in Hollywood. I was introduced to Justin’s music by watching his televised SXSWset last year [Check out the awesome performance of "Save Him" from that show below]. I unfortunately was not at SXSW, but watched it on tv and was still captivated. It is difficult for me to watch an unfamiliar band’s whole set – after a few songs, most the songs start to sound the same. I like to familiarize myself with a band’s music before I see them. But that was not the case with Justin’s first set. I had heard great reviews and buzz about him, but hadn’t heard his music, and was very captivated by his performance. He has a lot of soul for his age, and it is genuine. Justin’s lyrics are honest and beautifully describe delicate and serious subject matters.
His debut album, Holly, was released in 2007. The album was named after Justin’s mother, who supported his musical aspirations. The album has 12 songs, all of which were written by Justin. One of the tracks, “After Tonight” got some airtime on music channels and radio stations. There are some standout tracks on the album including, “After Tonight”, “Don’t Listen to a Word”, “Criminal”, “Save Him”,“Supposed To Grow Old”, “Golden Train” and “Mr. Therapy Man”.Ã‚Â And I’m stopping the list there, but really, all the songs are great. They are all different and have different subjects, which makes them stand out and distinguishable.
His sophomore album is called, You I Wind Land And Sea and is set to be released on the 12th of April. The lead single from the album is a song called “My Heart Is Yours”. I enjoy “My Heart Is Yours” and hope the rest of the new album sounds like it and Holly.
Amazing things happens when you combine two talented UK songwriters and vocalists. Case in point: Joss Stone + Jamie Hartman of Ben’s Brother = “Stalemate”.
Joss Stone and Jamie Hartman have several things in common:
Joss and Jamie have amazing voices, very soulful and powerful
Joss and Jamie have worked with many artists. Joss has worked with: Lauryn Hill, Common, Robbie Williams, Smokey Robinson, Rod Stewart, Rob Thomas, Gladys Knight, James Brown, Blondie, Patti LaBelle, LiAnne Rimes, and Ringo Starr. Jamie has worked with: Jason Mraz, Jack MacManus (it’s a start).
Both Joss and Jamie have had issues with their record companies.
Joss Stoneis phenomenal. She is one of the best female vocalists, and a genuine artists. And she is only 22! She has sold over 10 million copies of her albums, including my favorite, the amazing Introducing Joss Stone which had stunningly beautiful duets with Lauryn Hill and Common. Her latest album, Colour Me Free, was released in October of 2009 after many delays and resistance from her record label. The album was recorded in a span of time, and it is evident in the album, most of the songs are raw and have little production, which works on some songs, but not on others. Overall, it’s a great album, but I absolutely love all the track on Introducing Joss Stone.
Ben’s Brother is a great indie rock band from the UK, and Jamie Hartman is the founder and lead singer. The band hasÂ released two albums,Â Battling Giants, was their sophomore releaseÂ last year.
The amazing song “Stalemate” appears on both Colour Me Free and Battling Giants. Unfortunately, Joss’ record label is not allowing her vocals to be released as a single, and she was replaced with Anastacia in the official single cut of the song… boooo!
Fortunately for us, Joss and Jamie have been performing the duet on several live television programs. I was just blown away by their performance on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno. And here is a clip of the two doing the song on CBS Early Show which is equally intense and amazing.
(Edit… the video was taken down… so here is the performance from Late Show with Craig Ferguson!)
Their voices are so amazing and blend beautifully. I appreciate Jamie Hartman and Ben’s Brother, butÂ I’m aÂ HUGE fan of Joss Stone. As evident in this performance, Joss isÂ naturally talented andÂ really feels the music. I have seen many of her performances (sadly, never live), and have never seen her just go through the motions – she always pours her heart and feelings into each note, and it is amazing to watch and listen to. I love the harmonies. It is always magical when you have two talented singer-songwriters feeling a song together, getting lost in the moment.
I enjoyed the song before this performance, but now I’m madly in love with it, and more importantly, for the umpteenth time,Â I’m madly in love with Joss Stone.