Marvelous, magnificent, and mesmerizing could possibly be an understatement to describe Joss Stone’s performance at the Ryman Auditorium this week. The Ryman is a magical place regardless of the artist performing; nonetheless, Joss raised the bar to new heights at the “Mother Church”. Each of the 15 plus songs she sang seemed to flow like a shimmering fog through a meadow of springtime blooms that totally captivated her fans every moment.

The soulful R&B music that Joss and her band played was a perfect match for the wonderfully unique acoustics of The Ryman. For most of the show, she frolicked about in a gorgeous black glittery gown singing with emotional glory. After a quick wardrobe change for her encore, Joss returned wearing a sparkling silver gown to sing a couple more songs ending with a bouquet of sunflowers that she tossed out to her fans one at a time across the length of the stage. The sunflowers were quite an elegant way to end this magical night.

Joss Stone is an English singer, songwriter and actress who rose to fame in 2003 with her multi-platinum debut album, The Soul Sessions. From those early years on, she has won multiple music awards, acted in reoccurring rolls on TV shows, won “The Masked Singer UK” in 2021, and has recorded 8 studio albums. Her latest album Never Forget My Love was released earlier this year. Joss is touring nearly nonstop through 2023.

Opening for Joss Stone was KT Tunstall, a Scottish singer-songwriter and musician, who brought it all to this beautiful evening of music. Performing solo on the hallowed stage, KT engaged the audience with abounding energy for each of the nine songs she played closing the set with her white “Supro” electric guitar and “Suddenly I See” from KT’s debut Eye of the Telescope hit album. I’d have to say that her performance was one of the best opening sets I’ve seen in a very long time.

KT is accompanying Joss for many of her tour stops along with playing several of her own shows this year.

KT Tunstall

Joss Stone

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