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Kris Allen

  • Kristopher Neil Allen (born June 21, 1985), better known as Kris Allen, is an American 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
  • Kris 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 is a Christian and served as assistant music director at the non-denominational New Life Church in both Conway, Arkansas, and Little Rock, Arkansas
  • Allen has participated in missionary work around the world, including in Burma, Morocco, Mozambique, South Africa, Spain and Thailand
  • 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, John Mayer and Michael Jackson
  • On October 25, 2009, live at the Miami Dolphins tailgate party, Allen debuted 3 songs from his self-titled album: "Can't Stay Away", "Written All Over My Face", and "Before We Become Undone"

Adult Hits

Live Like We're Dying
The Truth (feat. Pat Monahan)

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