FPSF Artist Spotlight: Allen Stone

Singer Allen Stone self-describes as a “hippie with soul,” but he’s actually more soulful than he lets on.

Stone, who grew up in a small town near Spokane, Washington, began listening to R&B and soul music as a teen. While singing and playing guitar at his father’s church, he collected soul records from the ’60s and ’70s.

At age 19, Stone moved to Seattle to pursue a career in music. Influenced by the works of Stevie Wonder, Marvin Gaye, Aretha Franklin and The Meters, Stone recorded and self-released two albums—Last to Speak and the self-titled Allen Stone—in 2010 and 2011, respectively.

Stone has received co-signs and accolades from USA Today, MTV and VH1—the latter named him a “You Oughta Know” artist in 2013.

Stone’s most recent album, Radius, was released on Capitol Records in 2015. Radius was re-released by ATO Records as a deluxe edition with seven additional tracks earlier this year.

Stone is currently on tour and will be making a stop in Houston for the Free Press Summer Fest.

The festival will run June 4 and 5 in Eleanor Tinsley Park. Purchase passes here.

Follow Allen Stone on Twitter and Instagram. Radius is available for purchase on iTunes. The album can also be streamed on Spotify.

BreeAngela Hamilton is a senior journalism major. She still burns mix-CDs for her car stereo on a desktop computer. Follow her on Twitter and Instagram (@breeelyse_).

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