By Gavin Godfrey, CNN
(CNN) - Allen Stone isn't your typical R&B and soul music star, but armed with an amazing voice and conscious lyrics, the Chewelah, Washington native has made a name for himself touring and performing for over a year.
The son of a pastor, 25-year-old Stone grew up singing in the church choir in a town of just over 2,000 people, and when he got his hands on secular music, his life changed forever.
[2:14] "I wasn't allowed any secular music in the house - through the grace of the universe we'll call it, somebody gave me a Stevie Wonder record, 'Innervisions,' and that sparked just this revelation inside of my spirit of this is the music I have to make. I fell in love with soul music at this point."
Having left the church and now calling himself a, "hippie with soul," Stone is currently on tour promoting his latest album, "Allen Stone," and sharing his message with the masses. Even if that means getting people to see past his quirky looks and shift their attention to his amazing voice:
[6:12] "I want people to focus on my music. I don't want girls to come to my show because I poured a gallon of milk over my naked body in a music video. I don't want people who are coming to see me because I'm dating who knows who, cute hot pants from Hollywood."
Stone says he believes he's spreading a "new gospel" of R&B and soul music and hopes that the other artists in his generation would strive to do the same.
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