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.

 

By: BreeAngela Hamilton

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