R&B artist Allen Stone begins his first New Zealand Tour
Plays a SOLD-OUT show at
Auckland's Bruce Mason Centre
He performs a special ANZAC day matinee (5pm),
followed by a SOLD-OUT evening show
at Meow, Wellington.
A full-length album is set to be released on
ATO records later this year.
Soul/R&B artist Allen Stone begins his first ever New Zealand tour tonight at Bruce Mason Centre in Auckland, with support from New Zealand's own Louis Baker.
Allen Stone's vocal timbre and melodic style echos the influence of classic R&B and soul of the '60s and '70s, his lyrics tell stories with the same depth of passion of folk artists from the same bygone era, while concurrently surpassing all pop conventions.
The New York Times recently said, his lyrics “promise honest sentiments, grooves built with physical instruments and a gospel-rooted determination to uplift ... glimmers of Al Green, Bill Withers, Curtis Mayfield, George Clinton, Prince and a bit of Sting."
2018 was a banner year for Stone which included the release of three new singles and an appearance as a guest mentor on American Idol in April. His performance of the song 'Unaware' on American Idol led to more than 15,000 sales of the digital single and more than 5,000 album downloads in the weeks following, while 'Brown Eyed Lover' broke into the Spotify Viral Charts and made it to #11 in the U.S. Stone's songs currently have over 50 million plays on Spotify.
Stone followed the release of 'Brown Eyed Lover' with the Lidell produced single, 'Warriors' in June 2018, performing the song during ABC’s broadcast of the Special Olympicsopening ceremony in Seattle, backed by a 2000 member choir [watch here]. In October, he released his third single of 2018, 'Taste Of You' ft. Jamie Lidell, which was inspired byAretha Franklin's 'Say A Little Prayer'.
His latest single,
'Naturally' , was written with the
impending birth of his first child in mind, Stone explains,
"The inspiration to release this song comes from
having my first child. In this journey that is about to
commence we are choosing not to find out the sex of the
child until the day of. Whichever bits this kiddo comes out
with, we want he or she to arrive into a world where women
are celebrated. Judged not by their physical attributes but
rather the fiber of their traits. I hope the world of the
future nourishes and cherishes all
All of this new music is leading up to a new full-length album from Stone due later this year.
Watch / listen / learn the
to 'Naturally' (Live at Studio X) here: