Allen Stone, definitely impressed American Idol judge, Lionel Richie. He was up on his feet during Stone’s duet performance of “Unaware” with contestant, Dennis Lorenzo. One of our favorite up and coming artists, Stone hit the stage with his long curly blonde hair, funky orange hat, black rimmed glasses, and a folky blues sound that was pitch perfect.
So, who is Allen Stone?
This up and coming R&B singer/songwriter hails from Chewelah, Washington, and is 31 years old. At 3 years of age, he beg
an singing at his father’s church. In his early teens, he started playing the guitar and leading worship services. He developed a passion for 60’s and 70’s classic albums and was blown away when he heard the music of Stevie Wonder. Inspired by a friend that began a musical career at an early age, Stone decided to pursue a career of his own. He moved to Seattle, Washington, and has been making a name for himself ever since.
Stone loves expressing himself and having others listen. His smooth, soulful sound resonates from the influences of legends such as Marvin Gaye, Aretha Franklin, and Stevie Wonder. In 2010, he self-released his first album, “Last to Speak.” He signed with ATO Records, and in 2012 released “Unaware – Allen Stone – Live From His Mother’s Living Room.” This album features songs co-written with Andy Grammer. A live music video for “Unaware” has been viewed almost 7 million times on YouTube. In 2015, Capitol Records released Stone’s third album, “Radius.”
Stone began touring the country, promoting his music. Last summer, he was on the Hall & Oates “Tears for Fears” tour. He has performed on talk shows such as Conan and The Ellen DeGeneres Show. Stone is featured on the song “Neon Cathedral” by Macklemore & Ryan Lewis.
“Brown Eyed Lover” is Stone’s newest single to be released. It is available on Spotify, Apple, and everywhere else. Allen Stone is opening for Andrew McMahon in the Wilderness at the Bing Crosby Theater on May 20. His headline fall tour begins on October 11, 2018, in Portland, Oregon.
Stone returned to the American Idol stage on April 16th and performed Marvin Gaye’s “What’s Going On” with contestant Marcio Donaldson.
If you liked Allen Stone’s performance on American Idol, check out his TEDx talk.
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