He dresses kinda goofy, and he's been an "American Idol" contestant, so I was halfway ready to write him off. Then Allen Stone opened his mouth and the soul poured out. I opened my mouth and "holy shit" came out. This man's voice is incredible — no, I mean it, incredible. Born in 1987 outside Spokane, Washington, Stone got his start — you guessed it — singing in his father's church. He discovered soul in his teens and followed it down a more secular path that can be heard today. Stone will make you believe.