Allen Stone

The Cosmopolitan’s Book & Stage, Dec. 23

The 24-year-old was captivating, energetic and—most importantly—a passionate entertainer with a golden voice. He may look like just another young 20-something, but he sounds much more mature. Stone channeled soul legends Marvin Gaye and Stevie Wonder, both of whom he covered during his hourlong set. He also performed original tracks off his self-titled album and a handful of songs by acclaimed musicians, including Bob Marley’s “Is This Love.” From the elegant “Celebrate Tonight” to the happy-go-lucky “Say So,” Stone staked his claim as a worthy new voice in the music industry, one with magical vocals and an lively stage presence. While Stone’s most acclaimed track to date, “Unaware,” brought the house down, his crowning moment was the closing “Satisfaction,” best described as a fireworks show building and building before unleashing a storm of explosions for the grand finale. A new year is here, and so is Allen Stone.

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