My Town: Barbados
Soul Princess Joss Stone’s Favorite Isle
At just 19-years-old, Joss Stone has already accomplished what most musicians aspire to achieve in a lifetime. Fast at work on her third album (her last, Mind Body & Soul, was released in 2004), Stone has recorded with a long list of luminaries: Chris Martin of Coldplay, Santana, Blondie, and Bono of U2 included. The pint-sized, Grammy-nominated soul prodigy has even performed live with the Godfather himself, James Brown. Not to mention her upcoming December debut in 20th Century Fox’s Eragon, alongside Jeremy Irons and John Malkovich.
Considering the Devon, England native often performs barefoot, it seems only fitting that Stone would choose Barbados to work on her upcoming album for Virgin records, set to be released next spring. So, we caught up with Stone to find out more about the former British Isle she temporarily calls home. In her own words:
What brought you to Barbados?
I began writing my album here in May 2006. I’ve been in Barbados for the better part of six months…
Why is Barbados special to you?
The Caribbean, and the people. And there is a lot of British food here as well, which makes it more like home. It is a relaxing, beautiful place to be. Also, both my dogs have been here with me. It is great to be with them and feel like I’m home for a bit.
What do you find particularly inspiring about Barbados?
The spirit of the people, the sea, gorgeous sunsets and stars.
Where do you…
I like so many places, including home. But, a restaurant I like a lot is Mango’s By The Sea [overlooking the water with great seafood. There’s also an art gallery next door].
Groots, [a graffiti-covered bar and eatery].
By the pool or at Manny’s on Mullins beach!
Warren’s Supermarket, Baxters Rd, St M, (246) 427-5580, Barbados
Mango’s By the Sea, Queen St, Speightstown, St. Peter, (246) 422-0704, Barbados
Groots Bar and Restaurant, St. James, (246) 432-7435, Barbados
Mannys Suga Suga Beach Club, Mullins Beach, St. Peter, Barbados
Where to stay:
House (doubles from $550, Paynes Bay, St. James, (246) 432-5525, www.eleganthotels.com): a 31-room hotel, whose structure was built in the 1960s, with no front desk and a personal “ambassador” for each room.
Little Arches (doubles from $163, Enterprise Beach Rd, Christ Church, (246) 420-4689, www.littlearches.com): a stucco boutique hotel known to offer extras for its guests (i.e. two-weeks in an ocean-view suite will earn you a free Cliffside wedding ceremony).
For more on Joss Stone: www.jossstone.com