Personal Playlist: Joss Stone: A lot of ‘Blue,’ a little Birdy
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Personal Playlist is a Pop & Hiss series in which personalities in and out of the pop world share their recent music picks.
Joss Stone chilled after a recent media event/listening session at Henson Recording Studios in Hollywood, where she shared the stage with Mick Jagger, Dave Stewart, A.R. Rahman and Damian Marley — all fellow members of SuperHeavy, a new supergroup in which she shares the microphone with Jagger.
The British singer, 24, has had a busy summer. In addition to prepping for SuperHeavy’s September release, she’s also just dropped her fifth solo album, “LP1.” Co-produced with Stewart, it was recorded in Nashville, and features Stone’s confident voice above country-soul instrumentation.
What’s she listening to? “I’m obsessed with Joni Mitchell’s ‘Blue’ album at the moment,” says Stone, curled up on a couch. “I guess I’m late to it, but I listen to it all the time at home. “As far as new stuff,” Stone adds. “I’ve just recently discovered this lady … she’s very, very young, and my next door neighbor last week came around for a glass of wine, and she goes, ‘Oh, Joss, I met this girl up in the north of London.’ Her name is Birdy, and she’s covered “Skinny Love” (by Bon Iver). I love her voice. It’s a very little voice, thin, but very pretty. And I think she’s like 14 or something.”