Kris Allen

Singer 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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Birthday
21 June 1985
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Kris Allen performs 'Waves'
Fox News - over 1 year
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 - almost 2 years
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 - almost 2 years
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 4 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 wan...
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Kris Allen recording new album in Nashville
USA Today - about 4 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 4 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 4 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 5 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 tha...
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Kris Allen & Wife Expecting A Boy; Idol Champ ‘Really Excited’
Access Hollywood - almost 5 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 5 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 ...
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Kris Allen Posts Gnarly Car Crash Photo, Preps For Wrist Surgery
MTV News - about 5 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 5 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 5 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.
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    Letting You In is Allen's fifth studio and was released on March 18, 2016.
    Allen released his fifth studio album, Letting You In, on March 18, 2016.
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  • TWENTIES
  • 2015
    Age 29
    He has stated that he plans to begin recording his fourth post-Idol album in the fall of 2015.
    Allen has continued to tour in early 2015, including performing at U.S. military bases in Italy and Portugal.
  • 2014
    Age 28
    Allen did a tour of the U.S. and Canada with the group Boyce Avenue in the fall of 2014.
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    On August 12, 2014, Allen released Horizons.
    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.
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  • 2013
    Age 27
    From January 8 to May 3, 2013, Allen toured the United States on his second solo tour Out Alive.
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  • 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.
    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.
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    Allen auditioned for the lead role in the 2012 musical film Rock of Ages, but lost the role to Diego Boneta.
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    It was announced March 29, 2012, that Allen's second album titled, Thank You Camellia, would be released on May 22, 2012.
    "The Vision of Love" was officially announced as the lead single from Allen's second album on March 6, 2012.
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    Allen debuted several new songs at an acoustic concert at The Mint in Los Angeles on February 9, 2012.
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  • 2011
    Age 25
    On December 4, 2011, Allen performed John Lennon's Imagine at Trevor Live, a star-studded benefit for The Trevor Project.
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    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.
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    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.
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    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.
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    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.
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    "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.
  • 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.
    Allen officially revealed that the third single off his album would be "Alright with Me" on October 6, 2010.
    He then opened for Lifehouse during October and November 2010.
    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.
    Allen hit the road for his first solo tour during June and July 2010 with Green River Ordinance and Justin Gaston as opening acts.
    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.
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    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.
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  • 2009
    Age 23
    Kris Allen was released on November 17, 2009.
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    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.
    Allen's debut single, "Live Like We're Dying" was released via Z100 in New York on September 21, 2009.
    His major label debut was quickly scheduled for a Fall 2009 release.
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    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.
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    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).
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  • 2008
    Age 22
    Allen married his high school sweetheart Katy O'Connell on September 26, 2008.
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  • 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).
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    Prior to Idol, he self-released a 2007 album entitled Brand New Shoes.
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  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1985
    Born
    Born on June 21, 1985.
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