The New York Times: If You Like Stevie Wonder…

By: Val Haller

October 23, 2012

According to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, soul is “music that arose out of the black experience in America through the transmutation of gospel and rhythm & blues into a form of funky, secular testifying.” Soul conjures up images of Otis Redding, Marvin Gaye, Sam Cooke, Smokey Robinson, James Brown, Aretha Franklin, Al Green, Ray Charles, Luther Vandross and (my favorite) Stevie Wonder — the Top 10 R&B/Soul singers by Rolling Stone magazine readers. Today I’m throwing a curve ball at the R&B stereotype. Read on to meet Allen Stone, a “Goldilocks” blond-haired, blue-eyed soul singer whose gospel roots and passionate vocal delivery have earned him a spot in this exclusive R&B talent club.

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