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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: Prove It To You (Single)

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Track List: The Vision Of Love (Single)

Comments

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
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
thehornes99
Live like ur dying!!! Every minute counts when ur on Earth!!!
I saw this on YouTube
juanandshawn a
Il like your songs
lesliedye133
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Follow me. !!!!
Yasss read my bio then follow for a follow thx byeeeee
love kris allen
O my gosh!! Ive been trying 2 find this forever!!!
Kris Allen Is From Conway, AR, Which is where I'm from!!!!!!
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
xinsydeny
I didn't know who he was now he's one of my fave artist just by one song
Kris Allen is awesome! ��
Apologize YEA BOY!!! That it's too late to apologize
jeffeickhoff
Wierd
Kris Allen can sing LIKE A BOSS!!!❤️
Bailey glen
God is awesome I went to japan for volunteer work with my mom. We went to the poor and gave them good water. It was beautiful there. I didn't want to leave but I had to go to school. Definite place to visit.
fiorella82
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.
lehsdemonmom
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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
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