Kris Allen
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Kris Allen
Kristopher Neil "Kris" Allen is an American musician and singer-songwriter from Conway, Arkansas, and the winner of the eighth season of American Idol. Prior to Idol, he self-released a 2007 album entitled Brand New Shoes. Allen's Idol coronation song, "No Boundaries" and his version of "Heartless" both charted within the Top 20 of the Billboard Hot 100. Allen's post-Idol self-titled album was released on November 17, 2009, through 19 Recordings and Jive Records.
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Kris Allen performs 'Waves'
Fox News - 9 months
Former 'Idol' winner stops by Fox News
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Past 'American Idol' Winners Pay Tribute To David Bowie With Touching Performance
Huffington Post - 11 months
There were so many amazing performances during the "American Idol" series finale on Thursday, but one in particular paid tribute to the late and great David Bowie. Former "Idol" winners Phillip Phillips, Lee Dewyze, Nick Fradiani, David Cook and Kris Allen performed a fun mashup of Bowie hits "Starman," "Rebel Rebel" and "The Jean Genie" during the show, and it was definitely a memorable moment. They might have been dubbed the "white guys with guitars," but man, these boys can sing.  -- This feed and its contents are the property of The Huffington Post, and use is subject to our terms. It may be used for personal consumption, but may not be distributed on a website.
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Kris Allen's New Song Will Inspire You To Do Something
Huffington Post - 12 months
While writing songs for his new album, Kris Allen allowed both his personal life and the world around him to seep into the lyrics and music, probably more so than ever before.  The Season 8 "American Idol" winner didn't hold back with "Letting You In," his upcoming studio album (due March 18) -- and his most personal effort to date. It comes three years after New Year’s Day 2013 when he and his then-pregnant wife, Katy, were involved in a head-on collision that left Allen with a career-threatening shattered wrist. Over the next two years, Allen underwent three surgeries and eventually recovered, going on to tour and record new music.  For the new set, Allen drew from that experience as well as some poignant current events.  “If We Keep Doing Nothing," one of the tracks on "Letting You In" was inspired by the 2015 high school shooting in which a gunman killed eight students and an assistant professor at Umpqua Community College in Roseburg, Oregon. "I was writing with K.S. ...
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American Idol Recap: Hollywood... or Home!
The Hollywood Gossip - about 3 years
American Idol settled in Hollywood last night, where 212 Golden Ticket recipients touched down at LAX… and were immediately whisked to an airport hanger to perform. Of those selected for this round, 52 were considered the weakest and forced to sing for their Season 13 lives in front of Keith, J. Lo and Harry. Talk about pressure! Kenzie Hall American Idol Audition Spencer Lloyd - "Say Something" Who crumbled from it? Who rose to the occasion? Majesty Rose impressed with a Feist cover. Briana Oakley came through with a version of "Mama Do." Spencer Lloyd likely made this kid cry with a rendition of "Say Something." Kenzie Hall’s put an acoustic spin on Macklemore’s "Can’t Hold Us." Tiquila Wilson and Jena Asciuto also performed admirably. Following the Solo auditions, though, it was on to the Group round, an exercise in forced drama and editing that never produces quality music. In this case, Jessica Meuse was made to look like a drama queen for want ...
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Kris Allen recording new album in Nashville
USA Today - about 3 years
The 2009 "American Idol" champ is working with Civil Wars producer Charlie Peacock.
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Kris Allen & Wife Welcome Baby Boy
Access Hollywood - over 3 years
Do Kris Allen and wife Katy have another future musician in the family?
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Kris Allen, Wife Katy O'Connell Welcome Baby Boy Oliver Neil! » (Allison Takeda/Us Weekly)
Wesmirch.com - over 3 years
Allison Takeda / Us Weekly: Kris Allen, Wife Katy O'Connell Welcome Baby Boy Oliver Neil!  »  —  Kris Allen and his wife, Katy O'Connell, welcomed their first child, a baby boy named Oliver Neil  —  Kris Allen is a dad!  The season eight American Idol winner, 28, welcomed a baby boy with his wife, Katy O'Connell …
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Kelly Clarkson's 'Thankful' 10th Anniversary
Huffington Post - almost 4 years
I wanted Justin Guarini to win "American Idol." Week after week, I'd follow the brand-new Fox reality show, which pitted wannabe pop stars against each other in a fan-voted singing competition.Then hosted by Ryan Seacrest and Brian Dunkleman (remember him?) and judged by Simon Cowell, Paula Abdul and Randy Jackson, 'Idol' became an instant television and pop culture hit with its simple premise, witty and refreshingly harsh critiques and, of course, talent. Runner-up Guarini charmed viewers at the time with his curly locks and winning smile, but admittedly, I don't remember his voice at all. Heartthrob culture: it's a legitimately blinding phenomenon among impressionable young girls. Although I actively campaigned against winner Kelly Clarkson — I distinctly remember yelling at my sister to cheer for Guarini or keep quiet as I watched the finale — her voice was undeniably memorable. She might have slid through the preliminary rounds of the show, as Cowell pointed out that ...
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Kris Allen & Wife Expecting A Boy; Idol Champ ‘Really Excited’
Access Hollywood - almost 4 years
Kris Allen has revealed the gender of his soon-to-arrive baby! The “American Idol” Season 8 champ and wife Katy are expecting a boy.
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Celebrity Week In Review: Kim K Is Pregnant And Much More
Huffington Post - about 4 years
Leave it up to Kim Kardashian to announce her pregnancy news over the holidays ... The reality star, 32, and her boyfriend Kanye West, 35, revealed they're expecting their first child before heading to Las Vegas to ring in the new year on Monday. The couple, who have been dating for eight months, "feel so blessed and lucky." Speaking of baby news, "American Idol" winner Kris Allen announced his wife Katy is pregnant after getting into a serious car accident on New Year's Day. Thankfully, the whole family is OK, with Allen suffering a broken arm. In other news, Hugh Hefner finally tied the knot with his former runaway bride Crystal Harris on New Year's Eve at the Playboy mansion. Plus, "Friday Night Lights" star Zach Gilford wed his fiancee Kiele Sanchez on Dec. 29. Also tragic news came this week, as a paparazzo was killed after trying to capture a shot of Justin Bieber. The 29-year-old photographer was struck by a car while darting across a street after taking p ...
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Kris Allen Posts Gnarly Car Crash Photo, Preps For Wrist Surgery
MTV News - about 4 years
'Gonna get this hand back to 100% no matter what it takes,' Allen promises. By Gil Kaufman Kris Allen Photo: Getty Images
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After wreck, Kris Allen tweets big news
CNN - about 4 years
Kris Allen was in a car accident on New Year's Day, but though he's bruised a bit, 2013 is already shaping up to be a wonderful year for the former "American Idol" champion.
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Kris Allen banged up in accident, announces baby
CNN - about 4 years
Kris Allen was in a car accident on New Year's Day, but though he's bruised a bit, 2013 is already shaping up to be a wonderful year for the former "American Idol" champion.
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Kris Allen
    THIRTIES
  • 2016
    Age 30
    They welcomed their second child, a daughter, Rose Elizabeth Allen on June 18, 2016
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    In March 2016, Allen toured for three months in support of the album.
    More Details Hide Details Prior to appearing on American Idol, Allen participated in missionary work in several countries around the world, including Burma, Thailand, Mozambique, Morocco, Spain, and South Africa with the University of Central Arkansas' Chi Alpha campus ministry. In Morocco, during his first mission trip, Allen contracted a rare form of hepatitis that left him sick for an entire year after returning home. Allen credits this near-death experience with giving him the ability to write songs as he was finally able to compose his first original song while recuperating from his illness. A couple of years later, while on a mission trip in Thailand, Allen became moved when he saw a worship leader struggling with poor music and sound equipment during a church service at a refugee camp. He chose to leave behind a brand new guitar for the church to use even though that was the only guitar he owned at the time. His experiences in Thailand inspired the song "Land of Smiles" from his pre-Idol album Brand New Shoes.
    Letting You In is Allen's fifth studio and was released on March 18, 2016.
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    Allen released his fifth studio album, Letting You In, on March 18, 2016.
    More Details Hide Details Allen was born in Jacksonville, Arkansas, to Kimberly (née Wood) and Neil Allen. He is the elder of two sons; his younger brother, Daniel, is a college cheerleading coach. Allen's interest in music began very early. He began playing the viola in elementary school and went on to play the instrument in the Mills University Studies High School orchestra, eventually winning a spot in the Arkansas all-state orchestra. Additionally, he taught himself to play the guitar at age 13, and also plays the piano. His musical influences, as stated in his Idol confessionals, include the Beatles, Jamie Cullum, Jason Mraz, Pat Monahan, John Mayer and Michael Jackson. Allen played publicly for several years before trying out for Idol, even opening for earlier Idol contestant Sean Michel on multiple occasions. He has described his decision to audition for American Idol as a "last hurrah" before giving up his pursuit of a music career.
  • TWENTIES
  • 2015
    Age 29
    He has stated that he plans to begin recording his fourth post-Idol album in the fall of 2015.
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    Allen has continued to tour in early 2015, including performing at U.S. military bases in Italy and Portugal.
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  • 2014
    Age 28
    Allen did a tour of the U.S. and Canada with the group Boyce Avenue in the fall of 2014.
    More Details Hide Details Meanwhile, one of his songs off Horizons, "Lost" was used on the CW shows Arrow (in episode titled "The Secret Origin of Felicity Smoak") and The Vampire Diaries (episode titled "Alone").
    On August 12, 2014, Allen released Horizons.
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    On January 8, 2014, Allen entered the recording studio with producer Charlie Peacock to begin recording his third post Idol album at Peacock's studio in Nashville. "Prove It to You" was announced as the lead single on July 1, 2014, debuted at Yahoo Music on July 7, 2014 and released on iTunes on July 8, 2014.
    More Details Hide Details He performed multiple tracks from the album live acoustically on Yahoo.
  • 2013
    Age 27
    From January 8 to May 3, 2013, Allen toured the United States on his second solo tour Out Alive.
    More Details Hide Details The tour consisted of 40 dates with bandmates, Cale Mills and Chris Torres, and newcomer Andrew St. Marie on the piano. The opening act for most of the dates was Jillette Johnson. The tour ended in a sold-out Rams Head in Hanover, Maryland.
  • 2012
    Age 26
    On December 20, 2012, during an online concert, Allen debuted a new song called "Where Are You Amy?" that he dedicated to those affected by the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting.
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    On September 4, 2012, Allen revealed that he parted ways with 19 Management when his contract expired in May 2012 and has signed with new management, Pearl Group Entertainment.
    More Details Hide Details In the same month he left RCA. On November 7, 2012, the cover of an EP entitled Waiting for Christmas was revealed via Twitter. The five song EP includes "Holly Jolly Christmas", "White Christmas", "O Holy Night", "Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas", "The Christmas Song". The EP was released on December 10, 2012.
    Allen auditioned for the lead role in the 2012 musical film Rock of Ages, but lost the role to Diego Boneta.
    More Details Hide Details Although Allen was considered to be a better singer than anyone else who had tried out for the role up to that point, he had never auditioned for a film before and has said that he did not feel confident in his acting abilities. In an interview with OK Magazine, Allen said he does not feel that he would have been a good fit for role and currently does not have any further plans to pursue acting.
    It was announced March 29, 2012, that Allen's second album titled, Thank You Camellia, would be released on May 22, 2012.
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    "The Vision of Love" was officially announced as the lead single from Allen's second album on March 6, 2012.
    More Details Hide Details The song was co-written by Allen, Nasri, and Adam Messinger, and it is available for download on iTunes and an exclusive version consisting the remix from the Finnish duo Maison and Dragen on Walmart since March 26, 2012. The remix of the track leaked onto the internet on January 25, 2012.
    Allen debuted several new songs at an acoustic concert at The Mint in Los Angeles on February 9, 2012.
    More Details Hide Details The new tracks he performed were called "Monster," "Out Alive," "Better with You," "The Vision of Love" and "Teach Me How Love Goes". He also performed "Leave You Alone", "You Got a Way", and "Keep that Devil Out", which he had debuted at earlier concerts.
  • 2011
    Age 25
    On December 4, 2011, Allen performed John Lennon's Imagine at Trevor Live, a star-studded benefit for The Trevor Project.
    More Details Hide Details On October 7, 2011, RCA Music Group announced it was disbanding Jive Records along with Arista Records and J Records. With the shutdown, Allen (and all other artists previously signed to these three labels) will release his future material on the 19 Recordings and RCA Records brands.
    On December 3, 2011, Allen along with Grammy-winning singer/songwriter and producer, David Hodges and Andy Davis, founder of Music Empowers Foundation were celebrity judges for The Alchemy Songwriting Competition in Conway, AR.
    More Details Hide Details The proceeds of the contest to benefit Blackbird Academy, an arts and music school in Conway, Arkansas.
    Allen co-wrote a song, "Raise Your Hand", with Andrew Frampton and Kevin Hughes that appears on The Voice season one winner Javier Colon's debut album Come Through For You released November 21, 2011.
    More Details Hide Details Javier sang the song as part of his Walmart Soundcheck performance series.
    Allen co-wrote a song, "Blindfolded" with Lindy Robbins and Toby Gad that appeared on the Season One South African Idol winner, Heinz Winckler's album "24/7/365" released July 8, 2011. The song was released as Winckler's English debut single & performed at the finale of the 2011 edition of South African Idol.
    More Details Hide Details The song was later recorded by Allen himself, who included it on his second album.
    Allen co-wrote a song, "Still Got Tonight", with Andrew Frampton and Steve Kipner that appeared as the second single on Glee's Matthew Morrison's self-titled debut album released May 10, 2011. "Still Got Tonight" was also featured in the season 2 finale of Glee sung by Matthew Morrison himself.
    More Details Hide Details On May 29, 2011 Kris sang "God Bless the USA" at the National Memorial Day Concert in Washington, DC; aired live by PBS.
    "Before We Come Undone", a song that Allen had co-written for his debut album, was covered by season six South African Idol runner-up Lloyd Cele for his debut album One" released April 24, 2011.
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  • 2010
    Age 24
    On November 18, 2010, he posted an unofficial music video for the song on his official website to thank his fans for their support.
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    Allen officially revealed that the third single off his album would be "Alright with Me" on October 6, 2010.
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    He then opened for Lifehouse during October and November 2010.
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    He then went on to join a few major tours over the rest of the summer, opening for Barenaked Ladies, Maroon 5, and Keith Urban between July and September 2010.
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    Allen hit the road for his first solo tour during June and July 2010 with Green River Ordinance and Justin Gaston as opening acts.
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    The second single released from the album was "The Truth" featuring Pat Monahan, the lead singer of the Grammy award-winning rock band Train, who co-wrote the song. Allen performed the song live at the American Idol Season 9 finale on May 26, 2010.
    More Details Hide Details That same night, Allen joined the other Idol winners to sing "Together We Are One" to honor Simon Cowell.
    On February 19, 2010, Allen traveled to Haiti with the United Nations Foundation in order to raise awareness for the disaster relief efforts there as the UN and other groups continue to rebuild after the earthquake.
    More Details Hide Details Allen made his return to the Idol stage during the February 25th American Idol results show to share footage of his experiences in Haiti and to perform "Let It Be". This performance was made available for download as a charity single on iTunes after the show.
  • 2009
    Age 23
    Kris Allen was released on November 17, 2009.
    More Details Hide Details Allen wrote or co-wrote 9 of 12 tracks on the album. In a break with Idol tradition, Allen chose not to include his coronation single "No Boundaries" on his debut album, choosing instead to record a new version of his cover of "Heartless" as a bonus track. After its first week of sales, the album debuted at 11 on the Billboard 200 after selling just over 80,000 copies. Allen's first-week album sales were the weakest that had yet been seen by an Idol champion's post-show debut, although observers attributed this partly to weak album sales throughout the industry at the time. As of December 2011, Kris Allen has sold approximately 329,000 copies.
    On November 6, 2009, his music video for "Live Like We're Dying" premiered on AOL's PopEater.com. "Live Like We're Dying" would go on to peak at number 18 on the Billboard Hot 100 and achieve platinum status with over 1.7 million in combined sales.
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    Allen's debut single, "Live Like We're Dying" was released via Z100 in New York on September 21, 2009.
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    His major label debut was quickly scheduled for a Fall 2009 release.
    More Details Hide Details On his self-titled debut album, Allen collaborated with Claude Kelly, David Hodges, Jon Foreman of Switchfoot, Salaam Remi and Joe King of The Fray. He also worked with Toby Gad, Alex Band of The Calling, Dan Wilson of Semisonic, Chris Daughtry and Mat Kearney for the album.
    On June 7, 2009, Allen performed the National Anthem at Game 2 of the 2009 NBA Finals to a packed house including Adam Levine, Jack Nicholson, Rihanna, Paula Abdul and Leonardo DiCaprio.
    More Details Hide Details Following the performance, which was described as "executed to perfection," the announcement was made that Allen had signed a record deal with Jive Records (along with fellow finalist Allison Iraheta).
    On May 20, 2009, Kris Allen was declared the winner of the eighth season of American Idol, becoming the first married contestant to claim the title, as well as the sixth winner from the Southern United States (only Jordin Sparks, raised in Glendale, Arizona; David Cook, from Blue Springs, Missouri; and Lee DeWyze, from Chicago, Illinois, were from outside the South).
    More Details Hide Details Allen also became the first winner to accept a trophy shaped like a microphone. Nearly 100 million votes were cast during the finale, setting a new world record for a televised singing competition. Unlike the previous season, the winning margin was undisclosed. Numerous sources, including the Associated Press, claimed that the margin "wasn't even close". Allen has admitted that the alleged disparity in votes was a "total surprise" to him. Certain commentators labeled the win as an "upset" since runner-up Adam Lambert had received a significant amount of media attention throughout the season and was widely perceived to be the show's front-runner. Allen's victory was seen as highly controversial as viewers and the media speculated about the details of the result. However, during the Top 3 results show, host Ryan Seacrest had revealed that the margin between Allen and Lambert was fewer than a million votes. Fox and AT&T have stated that they "stand by the outcome" and are "absolutely certain" that "Kris Allen is the American Idol".
  • 2008
    Age 22
    Allen married his high school sweetheart Katy O'Connell on September 26, 2008.
    More Details Hide Details The two began dating back in Allen's junior year of high school. Their son, Oliver Neil Allen, was born on July 30, 2013.
  • 2007
    Age 21
    In 2007, Allen wrote and self-produced an album entitled Brand New Shoes with college friends and bandmates Michael Holmes (drums) and Chase Erwin (bass).
    More Details Hide Details The album's title makes reference to Allen's days as a shoe salesman, and only 600 copies of the album were produced, most of which were given to family and friends. Allen auditioned for the eighth season of American Idol in Louisville, Kentucky, with his brother Daniel, who did not make it to Hollywood. In the early stages of the season, he was among the finalists (along with Allison Iraheta) that received the least amount of screen time. Only several seconds of his first audition (and neither of his Hollywood Week solo performances) were shown, although his group performance with White Chocolate (including fellow finalist Matt Giraud) was aired in its entirety. The judges also asked him to participate in an un-aired sing-off with another contestant before they allowed him to enter the semifinals round. Throughout the competition, Allen received many compliments for his folk-inspired interpretations of modern pop songs. He played several instruments during his performances, including the acoustic guitar, the electric guitar, the keyboard, and the piano. His performance of "To Make You Feel My Love" as part of the Top 11 earned praise from the judges, with Simon Cowell commenting, "I am genuinely beginning to think you have a shot of doing well in this competition." In the finals, he performed his own arrangement of "Ain't No Sunshine" on a keyboard, with a few musicians on stage, which earned praise from the judges.
    Prior to Idol, he self-released a 2007 album entitled Brand New Shoes.
    More Details Hide Details Allen's Idol coronation song, "No Boundaries" and his version of "Heartless" both charted within the Top 20 of the Billboard Hot 100. Allen's post-Idol self-titled album was released on November 17, 2009, by Jive Records. The album debuted at number eleven on the U.S. Billboard 200. The album's lead single, "Live Like We're Dying", was released on September 21, 2009, and peaked at number eighteen in the U.S. with combined sales of over 1.7 million. Allen's second major-label album Thank You Camellia was released on May 22, 2012, and the lead single "The Vision of Love" was released March 26, 2012.
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1985
    Born
    Born on June 21, 1985.
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