Stone remodels the song by applying her spiritual, earthy soul voice to produce a startling and soulful makeover.
Her version received praise from the band, whose lead singer Marvin Junior passed away last month.
The Grammy-winning songwriter - who has produced songs...
Veteran hip-hop stars DE LA SOUL are heading back to college - as speakers on black culture.
The soul/blues-flavoured Stone Rollin’ is his wildest, most beat-driven and vocally expressive album yet. The seductive groove of Good Man, his forthcoming single, frames a tale of domestic disharmony in the first person, while The Answer pays tribute to the personal and professional mentors who helped raise him, the youngest boy among 14 siblings.
More recently, he has juggled life as an acclaimed solo artist with a parallel career as a sought-after producer for the likes of Joss Stone and Snoop Dogg. ” he says, between bites of a steak sandwich in a London café. And I’m building up to it again.” Dressed in leather military boots, cropped trench coat and thick, Fifties-style, tortoiseshell specs, he is a disarmingly low-key shadow of his on-stage persona.
Popular among stars, he once famously got Stevie Wonder to come to his New York studio within an hour of requesting him to collaborate, “just because I felt the song needed a harmonica solo”. But he exudes the quiet assurance of a man carefully cultivating his career’s autumn bloom. “When I come to London now it’s like being in LA, because they know me like I’m at home.” Explosive live performances certainly help.
He may as well be saying: “This is my time.” The man born Charles Ray Wiggins in Oakland, California, 45 years ago has paid his dues.
At 19 he toured the world with Prince, in his twenties he led the Nineties r&b titans Tony Toni Toné, before forming the urban supergroup Lucy Pearl in 1999.