Allen Stone is a 25-year-old soul singer who got his start singing gospel at church picnics in small-town Chewelah, Washington. His father was a preacher who shielded him from secular music until he was a teen. That’s when Stone started collecting classic soul albums from the ‘60s and ‘70s. "Soul music from that time wasn't just about bumpin' and grindin' at the club—it was a huge part of a cultural movement. That's where my inspiration comes from," says Stone, who was also schooled by folk records of the period.