When you see Allen Stone you’ll likely ask, “Who in the world is this guy?!” But, when you hear Allen Stone sing you’ll say, “Holy cow (for lack of a better word)!” The Chewelah, Washington, native is taking the music world by storm, and there’s no slowing him down. If this is your introduction to Allen Stone — get used to hearing his name, because his music isn’t going away anytime soon.
I’m not the only one who shares this opinion either. The New York Times says Allen Stone’s music “reaches back four decades to the late 1960s and early ’70s, when songwriters like Stevie Wonder, Marvin Gaye, Donny Hathaway and Bill Withers brought introspection and social commentary to soul music.” While MTV bluntly says ”Allen Stone has the best effing voice I’ve ever heard, and there’s no two ways about it.” And that’s just scratching the surface. NPR, USA Today, Billboard and many others have also given Allen Stone rave reviews. Oh, yeah…he’s also performed on the Late Show with David Letterman, Jimmy Kimmel Live!, and Conan.
Up until now, Allen Stone has created this success on his own. He released three albums by the time he was 24-years-old. His third album wasn’t out for more than 48 hours before it launched to No. 2 on the iTunes R&B/Soul chart. That was before he signed with a label — which is a different story now. Allen Stone recently signed with Dave Matthews’ label ATO Records. They’ve since taken Allen Stone’s song ‘Sleep‘ to the radio, and they’re re-releasing his already popular self-titled album on July 31st. Instead of just being on iTunes though, Allen Stone’s music will now be available in physical locations for the first time.
Even if you don’t like R&B or soul music; you have to listen to this. I hope you appreciate Allen Stone’s music as much as I do. Like I said before — it’s a very unique look with a very unique voice. Enjoy!
Pretty impressive, huh?!
Often credited for being from Seattle, Allen Stone was actually born in Chewelah (pronounced chew-EE-lah), a small town of about 1,500 people located in Eastern Washington (about 45 minutes north of Spokane). He began singing in his dad’s church, leading worship by the time he was 14. I actually learned about Allen Stone through a friend of mine that grew up with him in Chewelah. To say that there’s hometown pride is an understatement: I mentioned to a friend on Twitter the other day that Allen Stone is from Chewelah. Stone noticed the tweet and responded by simply saying, “CHEWELAHHHHHH”.
No matter where he’s from — it’s all about where Allen Stone is going. His music is ready for lift off, and we should all feel fortunate we’re along for the ride.
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