As a result,
"He had the whole crowd moving. His music just made you feel good," Warriner says. "His music is very upbeat, and it's refreshing to hear an artist whose songs don't all sound the same. He went from sappy, sad love songs to happy pop songs and everything in between."
Interview magazine described Stone, who lives in
And, like many soul singers, he started his singing career in church, where he says he "learned to connect emotionally with songs through that."
"I think that's what I'm able to go back to now when I sing live," he told Interview. "It's a very therapeutic, emotional and spiritual experience for me, getting to sing. I sing all day, every day. It's probably loosely based in my connection growing up with it like I did."
Still, while church was where he got his start, he acknowledges that the soul and R&B singers of the '60s and '70s also touched his spirit.
"Soul music from that time wasn't just about bumpin' and grindin' at the club -- it was a huge part of a cultural movement. That's where my inspiration comes from," Stone says.
"I first saw him at Nightfall and couldn't stand still. The entire crowd moved and grooved all night to his soulful voice and rhythm," she says, noting that she also watches his concerts on cable TV.
Former Chattanoogan Stacey McCray, now of
"He seems to have such passion for his music, and the fact that he's a hippie kid from
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