(Bristol, United Kingdom – January 28, 2011) – Multiplatinum-selling soul singer/songwriter Joss Stone proudly announced today the formation of Stone'd Records, a new music company based in Bristol, United Kingdom. Stone'd Records inaugural roster will include Joss Stone as well as ska/rock band Yes Sir Boss. Stone also announced longtime music executive Brian Nelson has been appointed General Manager of Stone'd Records.
"I'm so excited to launch Stone'd Records, this has been a lifetime dream of mine," said Stone. "I'm passionate about music in its most honest form. That's why it was so important to me to create a safe haven where great artists are free to do what they do best, create real music without compromise."
"Stone'd Records is devoted to finding unique artists and helping them develop not based on focus groups or market research," said General Manager Brian Nelson, "But simply because we believe in the art they make."
New releases from Joss Stone and Yes Sir Boss are expected later this year. Additional partnerships will be announced shortly.
About Joss Stone
Stone has sold more than 10 million albums worldwide; been nominated for five Grammy® Awards, including her most recent nomination for "I Put A Spell on You" with Jeff Beck; appeared onstage with James Brown, The Rolling Stones, Stevie Wonder, Elton John, Patti Labelle, Mavis Staples, Donna Summer, and Smokey Robinson; performed for The Who at the 2008 Kennedy Center Honors; sat for an
interview with Oprah Winfrey; starred in major ad campaigns; and performed for more than 200,000 people at the "Live 8 Concert" in London — all before reaching the ripe old age of 23. Stone's most recent album, 2009's "Colour Me Free," was released to critical acclaim including USA Today which
remarked that Stone, "sings with more grit and gusto than a battalion of R&B princesses while taking a sledgehammer to pop conventions" and the New York Post which gushed, "the Brit waif is at her bluesy, soul-singer best... it's in these songs that she finds joy in music that emerges like
laughter at a party."
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