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British teen is next big thing to hit music scene

Nick Eads

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Spit out the bubble gum pop of Britney Spears and Christina Aguilera, there’s a new voice in town.

Joss Stone, Britain’s newest export, has steered clear of the pop clutter and hopped onto the soul train.

Stone, 16, was in the process of recording her first album in England when U.S.-based S-Curve Records snatched her up.

Stone temporarily stopped recording her own original songs and came to the U.S. in pursuit of a music career.

After only four days of recording, Stone finished her debut album “The Soul Sessions.”

The album showcases a sultry, soulful sound that you wouldn’t expect from a teen breaking fresh into the music business.

The release is a collection of cover songs.

Stone chose the songs of artists from whom she draws musical inspiration.

Stone adds a fresh, young vibe to the song “All the Kings Horses,” originally written and performed by Aretha Franklin.

And on the funky John Ellison song “Some Kind of Wonderful,” Stone makes the song her own by putting a fun twist on the classic tune.

In the mix of classic songs, the final track on to Stone’s debut album is the contemporary “Fell in Love with a Boy.”

The song, originally titled “Fell in Love with a Girl,” was recently written and recorded by the White Stripes.

When the record hit the shelves, Stone was sent into a whirlwind press tour.

She appeared on “The Late Show with David Letterman,” “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno,” “Last Call with Carson Daly” and “The Ellen Degeneres Show.”

She has also been the topic of MTV’s special “Music Stars of Tomorrow.”

Most recently, Stone was featured in “Elle” magazine in the “Women of the Verge” section.

The issue is on newsstands now.

Meanwhile, the album continues to climb the charts.

This week the album landed at number 71, up from 121 last week.

The video for Stone’s first single has been added to regular rotation on MTV and VH1.

Stone plans to release her next album, comprised of her own music, sometime this year.

For more information and upcoming appearances, visit www.jossstone.com.

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