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Joss Stone is a British singer whose powerful voice has been compared to Aretha Franklin. Her debut album – released when she was just 15 – went multi-platinum and launched her international career.


And she has dyslexia.

Stone grew up in Kent and Devon in the United Kingdom. She spent her childhood years listening to her father’s record collection of mostly blues, reggae and soul. School was a challenge for her from an early age. Due to her dyslexia, some of her teachers felt that she was simply lazy. She spent much of her school years singing in her bedroom, which she much preferred over doing homework!


She left at age 16 with only 3 GCSEs due to her burgeoning performance career.

Stone has released 6 albums to date and is still going strong!

Sarah Forrest is a Joss Stone fan and Reading Specialist for the Easyread System. Easyread is an online program for children with highly visual learning styles, dyslexia, auditory processing disorder, and more.

“It wasn’t that I was stupid. I’m just a little bit dyslexicand I wasn’t very academic. I’m more artistic”