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Music has the power to inspire, influence and impress. Now, the Influences series gives you the chance to listen to songs that have done just that for some of their favorite artists. Joss Stone has handpicked an album worth of songs that she has a strong connection to. Each CD contains liner notes written by the artist about why she chose her particular selections and gives personal insights into the song’s impact on her development as a musician.

Even at 20 years old Joss Stone admires the who’s who of vintage soul, 70’s R&B and Motown Pop including Al Green, Aretha Franklin, James Brown and Natalie Cole.

“I like real singers, not just a pretty girl dancing around or a bunch of good-looking boys,” Stone remarked. “For me, it’s all about the voice. That’s why I go back to these kinds of artists. The classic soul singers and the people working today who’ve taken to heart what they did – I feel their energy so deeply, and they inspire me to be real.”


1. "Please, Please, Please" - James Brown
2. "I Can't Stand the Rain" - Ann Peebles
3. "Never Too Much" - Luther Vandross
4. "No Diggity" - Blackstreet featuring Dr. Dre
5. "Devil's Pie" - D'Angelo
6. "Lovin' You" - Minnie Ripperton
7. "I've Got Love on my Mind" - Natalie Cole
8. "Put Your Records On" - Corinne Bailey Rae
9. "Me and Mrs. Jones" - Billy Paul
10. "Let's Stay Together" - Al Green
11. "I Only Want to be With You" - Dusty Springfield
12. "Ain't No Way" - Aretha Franklin