Aretha Franklin, Marvin Gaye and James Brown are synonymous with soul. Joss Stone, a young and talented artist, certainly has some major soul of her own. Anyone who disagrees is absolutely senseless. Stone, an English soul and R&B singer-songwriter and actress, came into the industry in late 2003 with The Soul Sessions, her multi-platinum debut album. Mind, Body & Soul, her second album, topped the UK Albums Chart and included her hit “You Had Me.”

In her latest comeback, she brings her fourth album, Colour Me Free. Stone goes back in time honoring the sounds of good old retro soul and lyrics that reflect her life.

Colour Me Free is a project that not only is powerfully relatable, but it showcases Stone’s talent as a singer and songwriter. Her first hit track from the album is “Free” and it’s an anthem for the young and old. “Don’t tell me that I won’t/I will/Don’t tell me how to think/I feel/Don’t tell me ’cause I know what’s real/What I can do … ” – this track is one of those emotionally charged songs that isn’t lost on listeners simply because it has a message.

Overall, Colour Me Free is an amazing album that features songs that hit home to many listeners. Stone’s powerful, soulful voice matched up with her insightful lyrics makes this album one of my favorites. Joss Stone fans will be delighted with her latest effort.