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  British teen wows US music scene
Updated 06 November 2003, 18.35
Picture: Roger Moenks
A 16-year-old from a Devon village is taking the US music scene by storm - even though hardly anyone has heard of her in her home country.

Joss Stone's debut album The Soul Sessions has received rave reviews in the US, where it's broken into the prestigious Billboard Top 200 chart.

She's performed gigs at posh venues in Los Angeles and New York and US talk shows are lining up to book her.

Her career took off after she won the BBC's Junior Star For A Night aged 13.

A US record executive was amazed by her voice and signed her up.

Joss - whose real last name is Stoker - comes from Ashill, near Cullompton. Her album is made up of cover versions of songs mainly from the 1970s Miami soul scene.

Her husky voice and willowy looks have led some music critics to say "she looks like Britney and sounds like Whitney".

Legendary music producer Nile Rodgers reckons she has the same "gift" as superstars Michael Jackson and Stevie Wonder.

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