“Hey, neighbors,” soul singer Allen Stone said as he sat down, warmly kicking off his performance for the Artists Den Spotlight series. Backed by guitarist Trevor Larkin, he launched into an incredible acoustic performance that included toe-tapping songs such as “Contact High,” the hit single “Sleep,” and the Recession-minded anthem “Unaware.” Displaying a powerful, impeccably smooth voice reminiscent of the great soul singers of the 60′s and 70′s, Allen Stone’s is a voice the Artists Den won’t soon forget.
Allen Stone grew up singing in the church in small town Chewelah, Washington where his father was a preacher. Raised on gospel music, he was exposed to soul and R&B music for the first time as a teenager. He soon began writing and recording his own material, influenced by socially conscious artists, such as Stevie Wonder and Marvin Gaye. Stone self-released his first two albums, 2010′s Last To Speak and 2011′s self-titled follow-up, but it was the latter that launched him into the national spotlight. Without the help of a record label, the album reached in the Top 10 of the Billboard Heatseekers Chart and landed Stone on artist to watch lists from Esquire, CNN, and Billboard. Stone has since signed with ATO Records.
To learn more about Allen Stone, visit http://allenstone.com.