By Gavin Godfrey, CNN
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(CNN) – Towards the end of last year we sat down with Seattle-based singer, Allen Stone. Now, this was before we launched CNN Radio Music Notes, but we felt like Allen's story and music was still fresh in our ears.
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.
[2:25] "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:
[6:35] "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."