If you haven’t heard of Allen Stone yet, then get ready because he’s on an upward trajectory with one of the most soulful voices in all of music!  His last album, which was independently released last year rocketed to #2 on the I-Tunes Charts, with media all over the country singing his praises, including USA Today calling him a “pitch-perfect powerhouse” – all without any support of a label, publisher, or publicist. and landing him an appearance on Conan, and now he will be on Jimmy Kimmel in a few weeks to showcase his talents.  Even cooler is that he just announced that he will opening for the iconic Dave Matthews Band on their tour this year (Does it get any better then that?), so like I said, 2012 is going to be a very special year for this ultra talented young man.  Here are some of the things being said about him:

MTV: “Allow me to be blunt: Allen Stone has the best effing voice I’ve ever heard, and there’s no two ways about it. Perhaps it’s because Allen is literally the son of a preacher man or because he was raised on gospel music, but Stone seems to possess one of the most powerful set of pipes we’ve heard in a hot sec. And the public agrees: Allen’s new self-titled album hasn’t even been out a measly 48 hours, and it’s already No. 2 on iTunes’ R&B/Soul Charts. Oh, and did we mention he’s still unsigned? Baller status.”

The NY Times: “Allen Stone, a 24-year-old Seattle songwriter, was an unabashed throwback when he performed at a packed S.O.B.’s on Wednesday night. He talked about cellphones and social networks and sang about, among other things, the clout of the Christian right and a culture of greed. But his music reached back four decades to the late 1960s and early ’70s, when songwriters like Stevie Wonder, Marvin Gaye, Donny Hathaway and Bill Withers brought introspection and social commentary to soul music.”

Billboard:  “Buzz is forming around rising soul singer Allen Stone. He’s drawn the inevitable comparisons to Stevie Wonder and Justin Timberlake. With his unconventional look — long, curly hairy and glasses — and smooth falsetto, he reminds us more of a pre-“Evolution” Robin Thicke.”

CNN:  “…his voice and energy reminds listeners of music legends like Stevie Wonder and Prince.”

Los Angeles Times:   “There is so much music at the forefront that really drops the ball”, Stone said. “R&B and soul music has the power to change minds and affect people emotionally and spiritually. It has the power to ignite change. And that’s where I get passionate. I miss music that stimulated like ‘What’s Going On’ … songs about social change, what are we doing, what’s our government doing, what are we doing as a country? I like music that says stuff besides I want to [expletive] you.”