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Kris Allen

Although not the first contestant to play his own instrument on American Idol, Kris Allen benefitted more than most from the experience, and his coffeehouse singer/songwriter vibe earned him a first place finish in 2009. Pitted against powerhouse vocalist Adam Lambert during the show's finale, Allen emphasized his wide-ranging abilities as a musician, playing piano during a cover of "Ain't No Sunshine" and strumming the guitar for an acoustic take on Kanye West's "Heartless." The instrumental accompaniment paid off, as Allen won the competition on May 20, 2009.

Born in 1985 in Jacksonville, Arkansas, Kristopher Neil Allen embraced music at an early age. He took up the viola during middle school, earning a spot in Arkansas' all-state orchestra before teaching himself to play guitar several years later. While studying business at the University of Central Arkansas, he also focused on songwriting and recorded an EP, Brand New Shoes, with the help of two classmates. The EP's material showed traces of Jason Mraz's folk-pop. Moreover, it gave Allen enough confidence to audition for American Idol in mid-2008, and he returned early the following year as part of the show's cast.

Hailed as the competition's dark horse, Allen slowly amassed a TV following with performances of the Swell Season's "Falling Slowly," Michael Jackson's "Remember the Time," and Donna Summer's "She Works Hard for the Money." Although he shared a room with Adam Lambert throughout the season, Allen proved to be the stylistic opposite of his contender, whose theatrical performances often contrasted with Allen's unassuming demeanor and laid-back, guitar-driven arrangements. Such differences contributed to Allen's first-place victory, and the singer hit the road shortly thereafter on the annual American Idol tour. He also prepped his debut album for release in late 2009, working with songwriters and producers including Eg White, Chris Daughtry, and David Hodges. The album's first single, "Live Like We're Dying," was released in September and peaked at number 89 on the singles charts, followed two months later by Allen's self-titled debut album.

Allen returned in 2012 with his sophomore album, Thank You Camellia. Purportedly named after his house in Los Angeles, the album finds Allen working with a handful of producer/songwriters including former Sugarcult singer Tim Pagnotta, Nasri & Adam Messinger, and Boots Ottestad, among others. Included is the lead-off single, "The Vision of Love." ~ Andrew Leahey, Rovi
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Track List: Apologize (American Idol Studio Version) (Single)

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Track List: Falling Slowly (American Idol Studio Version) (Radio Single)

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Track List: Heartless (American Idol Studio Version) (Radio Single)

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Track List: Let It Be (Live) (Radio Single)

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Track List: Prove It To You (Single)

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Track List: The Vision Of Love (Single)

Comments

love it
He kind of reminds me of Jake Abel...who is GORGEOUS!! Love this song...gotta create his station...
I love his song live like your dying.
It's too late!
How do I wi n? Good girls suck in bed and bad girls can't be trusted. I am looking for the girl that dont exist
You never know a good thing til its gone!! You were suppost to call today, I just not important enough obviously!!
He is a good singer
His apologize cover r is better than the original. He is really talented and hot. Lmao. ��
Wish ppl would stop posting those dumb chains. we all know it doesn't work...
rodgersd5
I'm batman
He's handsome handsome
Im freaked out.this isn't dale.apparen t l e y , i f you copy and paste this in ten comments in 10 minutes you'll have the best day of your life tomarrow. you will either be kissed or asked out.if you break this chain ,you will see a little fiel in your room tonight.in the next 4 minutes ,someone will say i love you or in Elegy.
tonyfungfd
This freaked me out. This isn't fake. Apparently, if you copy and paste this in ten comments in 10 minutes you'll have the best day of your life tomorrow. You will either be kissed or asked out. If you break this chain, you will see a little girl in your room tonight. In the next 4 minutes, someone will say I love you or I'm sorry.
k_crunkleton 9
This is my favorite cover of this song....just beautiful!
tadahama9
Yeah thats a good song, but so is this
dannmarci
I love the song Apologive it is so good oh and my name is Layla
Don't read this cause it actually works. You will be kissed by your lover on the nearest Friday. Tomorrow will be the best day of your life. Now that you are reading this don't stop. Post this on 5 songs in 143 minutes. Then press F6 and your lovers name will appear in BIG LETTERS on the screen. This is so scary it actually works.
Say IPhone
Pick a color
Post this on five other songs
Look under ur pillow
jlricci02
Love this song Kris Allen's really good but it bugs me that The Script wrote it and Kris Allen's version gets the radio play... Sorry but The Script is better
1.kiss your left hand
2.say your crushes name
3.say your name
4.pick a school day
5.post this in 15 other songs and your crush will ask you out in the day you picked
Don't read this it will happen to you. On the nearest Friday, the love of your life will kiss you. However,

If you don't post this on at least 5 other songs, you will die in 2 days. You have 143 min. This is so scary. When you are done press f6 and your crushes name will pop up on screen
amanderrrrrr r r
#LOVE IT!!!!!!!!
:-$ I love you
Awesome song follow for a follow ^_^
licooley
Why no reference to the movie "Once"?
ok
Hotty alert
Say iPhone five times post this on five songs look under your pillow
I love kris Allen but the scripts version is better. Sorry
Better than the original (:
Say iphone 5 five times pick a color post this on a song look under your pillow
jlricci02
I love this song but like the script version better... kris allen is still good though
yu rock
he has a really good voice
#Kiss your hand
#say your name
#say your name
#pick a day
#post on five other songs
#on that day your crush will kiss you
401918613
His voice (: . |*
neetagg
Don't read this because it actually works. You will be kissed on the nearest possible Friday by the love of your life. Tomorrow will be the best day of you life. However if you don't post this you will die in two days. Now you've started reading so don't stop. This is so scary. Put this on five songs in 143 min. When done press f6 and your lovers name will come of the screen in big letters
" gotta live like were dying!" :))))
Wow! I love Kris Allen's amazing & beautiful voice. ; )
kferraro36
Say iphone five time replete this song two times and you will find a pink ipad under your pillow
bookybuddy11
Don't read this because it actually works. You will be kissed on the nearest Friday by the love of your life. Tomorrow will be the best day of your life. However If you don't post this you will die in two days. Now you've started reading this so don't stop. This is so scary put this on at least 5 songs in 143 minutes when done press f6 and your lovers name will appear on the screen in big letters this is so scary because it works
hamanalo08
The best
so gooooooodd
❤️❤️
I love this song ♡♡ he is an amazing singer ♥♥
Kiss your left hand
Say your crushes name
Close your hand
Choose a weekday
Post this on 15 other stations and on that weekday your crush will ask you out
miriamjablon
I would still like to know how he came in first on American Idol. He's alright but not close to the power house that is Adam Lambert.
edmoeduardo
Kool
Live like ur dying!!! Every minute counts when ur on Earth!!!
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