Joss Stone

Joss Stone

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For Joss Stone, it’s entirely possible to live a normal life.

“You know what? It’s a real mystery to a lot of people,” said Stone during a phone interview. “How can somebody find a way to be normal with my job? To me, it’s like how can somebody not?”

It hasn’t been difficult for the English soul singer to stay a normal person after coming into prominence nearly 14 years ago with the release of her debut album “The Soul Sessions.” She relates her job to that of a theater actor.

“If you’re an actor and you go on the stage, you’re performing and you’re telling a story and you’re creating an experience for the people who are watching,” she said. “When you come off stage -- unless of course you’re a method actor -- you just kind of go home. Well, that’s my job.

“I helped these people feel good today -- that's great, that made me feel good. Cool. Now I’m going to go to the pub, have a pint. It’s only songs, you know.”

It’s a freedom the 30-year-old singer continues to enjoy. Freedom is something Stone has more of these days. When she first began her career, she lacked the ability to choose. She felt like she was being “dragged about.”

But that’s all changed.

“Now I’m walking about with my own two feet,” she said. “Being dragged around is overwhelming. I didn’t know where I was going to go next unless someone told me. But when you decide for yourself, you can go at your own pace.”

Being able to choose, she added, is a much more calm way to live. Even if she chooses to “go crazy,” she can rest easy knowing it’s her choice. If she wants to remain busy and sing a few weeks’ worth of shows, she now has the choice to do that.

“Every few weeks, I go away and I travel from country to country. And I’ll probably cover seven to nine countries in three weeks. To someone that doesn’t travel, that’s like, ‘Oh my god! What are you, crazy?’ Actually, no. It’s cool.”

When the time came for Stone to call the shots and make career decisions for herself, she was all for it. Did she struggle to adapt to the new change? Hell no. Quite the opposite.

“It was actually more of a struggle to adapt to them telling me what to do,” said Stone. “And it was so much of a struggle that I did not manage to do it.”

It’s just the way she is and always has been. Her sister, who had the same upbringing as Stone, is the complete opposite in attitude. Stone’s sister loves the rules and being told what to do.

Stone said she’s never been like that. She can’t stand being told what to do. If someone were to ask her to do something, however, she would happily oblige.

“The way I see it is, you are who you are when you’re born. Of course, you learn all sorts of information in life that will then change that, but the soul of a person is [what’s important]. And I think whatever it was that I got given, I still got.”


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