INTRO
CAT DEELEY
HUGH LAURIE
JOSS STONE
SIMON COWELL
GORDON RAMSAY
PHOTO GALLERY
JOSS STONE
Songs by the flaxen-haired teen have appeared on top US series such as The West Wing and ER, she's hung out with Tom Cruise and sung for the President. There's no denying America has fallen for soul singer Joss Stone. Unusually, the Devon-born chanteuse made her name in the States rather than in her own country. "I would love to be big at home," she says. "But most English artists don't make it big in America, so I definitely prefer it this way round."

A winning appearance on the BBC talent show Star For A Night in 2002, when she was just 13, brought her to the attention of American record exec Steve Greenberg. The music mogul flew her out to New York and the rest, as they say, is showbiz history. "She just floored me," he remembered. "At one point I was doubled over laughing, it was so unbelievable she could sing like that." By summer 2004 her debut album Soul Sessions had turned gold in the US, and the following year Joss' celebrity status was confirmed when she stepped into Sarah Jessica Parker's shoes as the face of Gap.

PROMOTION