Joss Stone Chooses Artistic Freedom Over Money: Her Legend on 'Genuine Biz With Rebecca Jarvis'

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Source:   —  April 13, 2016, at 10:55 PM

From the moment she enters a room, it’s love you’ve known each other for years. Stone, twenty-nine, is a woman totally comfortable in her own skin, who knows herself and what she stands for, and who isn’t afraid to declare what’s on her mind.

Joss Stone Chooses Artistic Freedom Over Money: Her Legend on 'Genuine Biz With Rebecca Jarvis'

Joss Stone could be your best friend. From the moment she enters a room, it’s love you’ve known each other for years. Stone, twenty-nine, is a woman totally comfortable in her own skin, who knows herself and what she stands for, and who isn’t afraid to declare what’s on her mind.

The singer-songwriter had a shot, early on, at mega-pop-stardom. She won a singing contest in the U. K., similar to “American Idol,” called "Star for a Night" when she was thirteen.

By age fifteen, she'd signed with EMI Records and recorded her debut album, “The Soul Sessions.” The album reached the top five on the U. K. Albums Chart and the top forty on the U. S. Billboard two hundred chart.

To the exterior eye, the Devon, England, native, was well on her way. But, for Stone, something wasn’t right.

“I didn’t love it. I just didn’t love what I was doing. I didn’t love the feeling that I was in,” Stone told ABC News’ Chief Business, Economics and Technology Correspondent Rebecca Jarvis. “You have to decide, when you're in a sticky spot in your life. Why am I not pleased right now? What parts do I not like? What can I obtain rid of and what can I keep? “

So Stone made a choice, one that'd authorize her complete artistic freedom over her craft: She slice ties with EMI Records in two thousand-eleventh by buying out of her contract. The catch? She'd to shell out an estimated $9 million to the label in order to leave.

“I realized, ‘You two wish totally different things. So just give it to each other.’ They gave me my musical freedom and I gave them their money,” Stone says.

While her bold move invited some backlash at the time, Stone says she's precisely where she wants to be today. Stone believes in success on her own terms, which means making music that’s true to her mission, making the world a better space and inspiring those around her.

She doesn’t necessity or even wish the rest of so-called population stardom success, she says.

“I thought to myself how much [money] do I actually necessity to do what I love,” she says. “Because it's expensive, making an album with orchestras and wonderful musicians on it, having a grand mixer. That costs thousands and thousands of pounds [dollars] to do. It really does. But it’s not millions and millions of pounds.”

By staying focused on her main and true objective of making music, Stone found success through her own happiness. She's on an ambitious Total World Tour, playing music from her latest album, “Water for Your Soul,” with the goal of performing a indicate in every country.

Along the way, she's collaborating with local musicians and visiting charities, while learning about the humanitarian and environmental issues affecting each space she travels.

“Success is happiness. This is my way of being happy. I obtain a tiny bit of everything,” she says. “You know. It’s not everybody’s way, so it’s tough for some people to understand.”

Stone constantly finds herself explaining her perspective to managers, agents and record labels who insist she'd be more “successful” by pursuing a record with a large corporate label. But she sticks to her guns and utilizes the lessons, she says, she learned at an early age:

- Don’t forget why you began and what you're there to do.

- Let go of the outcome and live in the moment.

- You can only affect your own actions.

- Play to your strengths.

- You've a choice, you don’t have to do anything, in any situation, ever.

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