At Hollywood's Hotel Café, a venue where up-and-coming singers put on small shows for their fans, an artist with a powerful voice is on stage.
With his red glasses, pale skin and long, curly blond hair, he doesn't have the stereotypical look of an R&B soul singer. But his voice and energy reminds listeners of music legends like Stevie Wonder and Prince.
Meet Allen Stone, a 24-year-old who grew up singing in his father's church in Chewelah, Washington. His childhood music playlist included African American gospel singers like Mary Mary, Kirk Franklin and Fred Hammond. He used gospel and R&B music to teach himself how to sing. FULL POST
It sounds like Thomas Jane might've had a few personal experiences to draw from for his role as "Hung's" high school coach-turned-prostitute Ray Drecker.
The actor tells the Los Angeles Times that growing up as "an artist in a big city, as James Dean said, you're going to have one arm tied behind your back if you don't accept people's sexual favors."
Jane continues, "You know, when I was a kid out here in L.A., I was homeless, I didn't have any money and I was living in my car. I was 18. I wasn't averse to going down to Santa Monica Boulevard and letting a guy buy me a sandwich. Know what I mean?"
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