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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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Selected Discography

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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: The Vision Of Love (Single)

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I would love to visit Japan some day
Follow:)I'll Follow back
Did u no that someone of opposite sex is thinking about u wants to kiss u be with u .this is true repost this in 5mins within a month that person will ask u out or grab u and kiss u but if u break the chain u won't be kiss in a few years
Don't read this, because it actually works.You will be kissed on the nearest possible Friday, by the love of your life.Tomorro w will be the best day of your life. However, if you don't post this, you will die in 2 days. Now you've started reading this, don't stop.This is so scary. Post this on at least 5 songs in 143 minutes. When done, press f6 and your lovers name will come up on the screen .This is so scary, because it works.
Amazing voice ��
Great job
bginger53
What happened to this guy
I think onerebublic sings it better but Kris Allen is still a really amazing singer XD usually I don't like covers but I liked his :3
Live Like We're Dying. THE SONG I LIVE BY. LISTEN TO THE LYRICS AND LEARN. THE SONG I LOVE BY AS WELL. LISTEN AND LEARN.
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I'm not usually a big fan of covers, but this Kris did a good job. I'd give it 5 stars..
I like his remixes..... . . . b u t at the same time i like the originals more :/ .........cho i c e s man
papaspreciou s g i r l
Your crush will either kiss you or ask you out this coming Friday. You have three days to post this on five songs.
Kiss your left hand
Say ur crushes name
Close your hand say ur name
Open ur hand post this on 15 songs and ur crush will ask you
@skyler2002 do u go to rms
I know kris Allen
Follow me thx
His song has so much meaning.*Tea r s *
best voice ever (sorry 1D!!)
Doesn't Josh Groban sing this?
I like this version
chuysantos95
Like 4 cmon
This is my song forever it's my favorite I'm so in love with ittt
It's too late to apologize... Dad :(
Read my bio anyone. Follow me anyone?
niralimurthy
Pretty!
I love this song! :-)
IT IS TO LATE TO APOLOGIZE!!! IT'S TO LATEEEEEEEEE E ! ! ! LOVE THIS SONG
LOVE THIS GUY
I don't know why he's not more popular in the music industry? It makes no sense. He's an amazing singer! :D
Live like we're dieing is one of my favorite songs!!!
Did you know that someone of the opposite sex is thinking about you wants to kiss you be with you. I believe this cause I know that my boyfriend is thinking about me.so don't break the chain repost this pretty saying
1. kiss you left hand
2. say crushes name
3. say school day
4. close hand
5. say your name
6. open hand look at it
7. post this 15 times and your crush will ask you out on the day you ask
Did you know that someone of the opposite sex is thinking about you wants to kiss you be with you. I believe this cause I know that my boyfriend is thinking about me.so don't break the chain repost this pretty saying.
Did you know that every night b4 u go 2 bed some1 of the opposite gender thinking of u they want 2 kiss u they want 2 b with u this is true re post this in 5 mins within a month that person will ask u out or grab u and kiss u but if u break the chain you won't be kissed n a few years
The best voice ive ever heard come out of a guy dat aint used to tlk bout a** boobs beer or drugs
No bs like dat
U my idol kris allen !!!!!!!!!
AAHHHHHHH..F A N G I R L TIME!!!!!
I LOVE this song, hearing this song has just made my day!! ^_^
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 your life however if you don't post this you will die in 2 days now you've started reading 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 if actually works
Falling Slowly is such a beautiful, soothing song. It showcases his voice very well.
This guy has amazing talent
Did you know that every night before you go to sleep there is someone of the opposite gender thinking of you. They want to kiss you, they want to be with you: this is true, not fake. If you repost this in 5 minutes within a month that person will ask you out or grab you and kiss you! But if you break the chain you won't be kissed in a few years
okc9902
1.) Kiss your left hand
2.) Say your crush's name
3.) Say a weekday
4.) Say your name
5.) Close your hand
6.) Post this on 15 different songs
7.) Your crush will ask you out.
Falling Slowly is such a soothing sweet song. This artist has a way with music.
heidyvalley
o my
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 2 days. Now you started reading this so don't stop. This is so scary put this on at least 5 songs in the next 143 minutes. When done press f6 and your lovers name will appear on the screen in big letters this is so scary because it actually works
In 2nd grade this was my FAVORITE song ever!
1067088092
Nice song
brodie.vicky
Don't read this because it actually works. You will be kissed on the nearest Friday by the love of your life. However if you don't post this you will die in 2 days. Now you've started reading so don't stop. This is so scary put this on at least 5 songs in 143 minutes when done press f6 and your lover's name will come on the big letters. This is so scary because it actually works
rcpdance16
I think Adam lambert has gotten WAAAY farther in the music industry & he didn't even win. I think Kris is great & everything when he was on the show but how much has he really done with his win?? think bout it. in my opinion Adam is better.
I love these guys
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