Lucky to be Joss Stone – interview before the concert in Hanover

He’s back on tour. Are you happy?

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It’s exciting. We have already covered a short distance, now comes the next one. I’m a bit tired because I’m seven months pregnant.

You were busy during the Corona period …

Yes, we made man. This is what I do between concerts (laughs). I’m very busy.

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You first became a mother a year and a half ago. Is your daughter going on tour with you?

yes I never want to leave her alone. I don’t want her ever to go to school. One day I’ll have to let her go, but I don’t want to.

Terrible, right? And it doesn’t get any better.

Yes, it’s awful. You want to hold her in your arms all the time.

The dream of your own child

Has your daughter changed the way you see the world – and your work?

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Not so much for my job. But she made my life what it was always meant to be. I always wanted children, even when I was a child myself. Now it’s finally here; it’s not just an idea anymore. But I don’t know if it will change what music I create, what lyrics I write. Maybe I am doing less because I have more to do. There is so much joy in children.

You once said you dreamed about her years before she existed.

I have it. I had a recurring dream, at the age of 15, about my baby. I haven’t seen her face in that dream, but I have seen her curly hair and the color of her skin which is darker than mine, like caramel. And she is that baby.

And you didn’t know your current partner then?

no He is the reason why she is so beautiful and has the color of her skin.

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Now it’s catching up on compliments.

No, trust me: if you could see Cody, my partner, you would know. He is the greatest creature in the world. Anyway, in this dream, I give the baby to my mother, and she will lose it. Maybe that’s why I’m leaving my baby with me and Cody today.

Friend in all cases

Has all this changed your relationship with your mother?

No, it’s fantastic. My mother taught me how to be a mother. So I don’t know what this dream is about.

Is “You’re My Girl” a song about your daughter Violet?

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This song was originally addressed to my friend Celine, who traveled with me on my world tour. We were in very dangerous places and Celine always said; “Joss, I’ll go with you, no matter where.” She was always there, even as a friend. I wrote this song for her when I was five months pregnant with Violet. Many of the words in it sound like words my mother would say to me. I sing this Violet song a lot and she loves it and she always smiles.

Is that your lullaby too?

No, I have one more.

Which?

A song I made especially for her, but it won’t be released.

To the person

* 11. April 1987 in Dover, UK as Joscelyn Eve Stoker. Joss Stone is considered one of the great voices of the soul. She already had a breakthrough in her debut “Soul Sessions”which she released as a teenager in 2003. Now she has has sold over 4.6 million records, was part of the supergroup with Mick Jagger, AR Rahman and Damian Marley and their longtime songwriting partner David Stewart Super heavy and active as an actress in films and series such as “Eragon” and “The Tudors”. The stone is there Mother of a one-year-old daughter.

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I still sing “Twinkle, twinkle, little Star” to my daughter who is now ten …

I love it. The music is soothing. And guess what: when your daughter is 25, 35, she will still remember it and sing to her daughter. When she is a teenager, she will leave you briefly, but will come back to you. My dad would always say to me after reading or telling me a story in the evening, “Okay, good night, T-shirt.” And I was like, “Pajamas, pajamas.” And he said, “See you in the morning. I said, “And we’ll have some Cornys.” And today when I say to him, “Nighty, Nighty,” he replies accordingly.

Sound like Burt Bacharach

Let’s talk a little bit about your newest album, Never Forget My Love. They wrote it in the Bahamas and recorded it in Nashville. But it has the charm of Las Vegas and Studio 54. How did that come about?

Thank you! I wanted it to sound effective, really elegant and dramatic. And I am proud that we have succeeded. The inspiration was the music of Burt Bacharach. I once had the opportunity to sing five or six of his songs with him in London. And I had to concentrate hard. Because the way he wrote these songs is very well thought out down to the last detail. I have never made such music. But I did tell Dave Stewart, who I have worked with for years. And he said, “So let’s record your next album like this.” And I said, “I don’t know how.” And he replied, “Don’t worry, I know” chords from breaking each other’s hearts. And I knew: this is it!

SuperHeavy: (from left) reggae musician Damian Marley, Eurythmics guitarist Dave Stewart, Rolling Stones frontman Mick Jagger, film composer AR Rahman and American singer Joss Stone.

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Is it true that at this stage of songwriting you sang to the horns and strings all over your lungs?

You have to! If you’ve got it in your head, you gotta get it out of there somehow.

People of my generation have known Dave Stewart since his work at Eurythmics. How is working with him?

Excellent. He is the sweetest guy; makes everyone laugh. He’s so funny and fun. When we are together, we turn into ten-year-olds. It’s very liberating. He is such a lovely man. I will be working with him for a very long time.

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What was your first musical love?

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My parents listened to a lot of soul and reggae. When I was five, I loved Whitney Houston. They have always been great voices, such as Anita Baker, “365 Days of the Year” or Melissa Etheridge.

How will you bring the album’s sound to the stage?

This is difficult. There are many orchestral ones. Of course we have a normal band: guitar, bass, drums, keyboards, backing vocals. In Europe, we’re going to have brass, which is great. And: We’ll bring the strings with us – but not personally. They come in cans, but only for a few songs. I don’t like being constrained by clicks.

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You said about the album: “Think long gloves and a dress” – will you wear long gloves and a dress on stage?

You know, before I was house fat – and now I am – I was wearing amazing clothes. And it was great because I usually wear dresses on stage. But now I’m huge. nothing suits me so I wear what I can, no fancy clothes, more bedding.

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Another thing you did in the past two years was starting the A Cuppy Happy podcast. You talk to other people about happiness. And since you seem to be a happy person, do you have a secret recipe?

There are many tips on how to bring happiness to the world. One of the most important: you can’t be happy all the time, because if you were, happiness would be worthless. The people I talk to are professionals, many of them are psychologists, and they know a lot more about it than I do – I’m a singer. But if I had one clue it would be this: Life is about other people. When I get sad, I realize that I am just circling myself and it all depends on my feelings. But if you do something for other people and make them a little happier, you feel better yourself. And if I can do it with my music, I’m happy.

On August 18, Joss Stone will play with his band at Gilde-Parkbühne in Hanover. Start is at 20:00. Tickets (EUR 55.50) are available at HAZ / NP ticket shops.

Stefan Gohlisch

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