British Songstress Joss Stone Readies New Album

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LOS ANGELES (January 17, 2007) — Tom Cruise has a new reason to celebrate — one of his favorite young artists, British neo-soul songstress Joss Stone will return with her third album March 20th.

Though the celebrated chanteuse has already released two album?s ? 2003s The Soul Sessions and ?04s Mind Body & Soul, Stone has titled her third effort Introducing Joss Stone because it is “truly me,” the former Grammy nominee said in a release. “These are my words and this is who I am as an artist.”

Fugee Lauryn Hill is one of several guests lined up for effort. Hill appears rapping on Stone?s new track “Music.” Other collaborators on the effort include rapper Common, multi-talented producer Novel, and producer Beau Dozier who worked on Mind Body & Soul.

After a spell writing lyrics on her own in Barbados, Stone also hooked up with super producer Raphael Saadiq, whose previous credits include work with Kelis, Mary J. Blige and Snoop Dogg.

Stone will first introduce American audiences to her new material via two sold out shows, beginning January 31st at Los Angeles? House of Blues. She will also hit New York City?s famed Bowery Ballroom, February 8th.

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