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Monday, August 31, 2009

American Idol Top 2: Kris Allen

Immediately after finding out he made the Top 2 along with Adam Lambert, Kris Allen shared his thoughts about making it to the American Idol finale.

Kris Allen performs "No Boundaries" on American Idol

American Idol Season 8 winner Kris Allen sings "No Boundaries"

Sunday, August 30, 2009

Kris Allen: Earth Day promo spot

American Idol Kris Allen reminds you to unplug your household appliances when you go on vacation.

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American Idol Kris Allen: Hometown Visit

American Idol Season 8 winner Kris Allen crossed the country to return to his hometown and was greeted enthusiastically.

Saturday, August 29, 2009

Kris Allen on making the American Idol Top 5 (video)

Find out Kris Allen's thoughts on making the American Idol top 5, songs from 1985, and being away from his friends.

Friday, August 28, 2009

Kris Allen, Adam Lambert and Allison Iraheta on the Road

American Idols Kris Allen, Adam Lambert and Allison Iraheta answer MyIdol fan questions while on the Idols Live Tour.

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Kris Allen: Homegrown Talent (Front Porch cover story)

Kris Allen is in many respects an all-American kid from the south, who grew up around fireflies and campfires.

So, it’s no surprise that a few of his favorite past-times include camping, swimming and hiking Pinnacle Mountain, one of the states most popular attractions.

“We have that nature thing going,” Allen said. “I’ve always loved that about the state.”

The organic, earthy charm of this American Idol superstar has deep roots. He is a true native. Born in Jacksonville, he lived there until the age of 16 before relocating to nearby Conway. One could say he’s holding onto the folks in this state, the way tree sap sticks to the hand. That’s a dedication that’s hard to find.

His memories are sweet and robust. They include trips to nearby lakes, playing baseball games and vast amounts of time devoted to music.

“My dad was a musician, and he had a tremendous influence on me,” Allen said. “There was always music in our house.”

Its effect made Allen want to play. He took up the viola at age 9. He credits his success with that instrument to his music teacher Jim Hatch.

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American Idol Top 13 Photo Shoot

Take a look at Kris Allen and the rest of the Season 8 American Idol Top 13 contestants as they pose for their photo shoot.

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Thursday, August 27, 2009

Kris Allen new album to be released on November 17th

Hey guys! The new Kris Allen album is set to release Nov 17th.
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American Idol Top 13 video: Kris Allen

Kris Allen discusses his shock of making it into the Top 13 and how supportive his family and friends have been.

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Kris Allen: Idolatry interview, part 5

American Idol Season 8 winner Kris Allen interviewed for Entertainment Weekly's "Idolatry".

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Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Kris Allen: Idolatry interview, part 4

American Idol Season 8 winner Kris Allen interviewed for Entertainment Weekly's "Idolatry".

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Kris Allen: Idolatry interview, part 3

American Idol Season 8 winner Kris Allen interviewed for Entertainment Weekly's "Idolatry".

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Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Kris Allen: Idolatry interview, part 2

American Idol Season 8 winner Kris Allen interviewed for Entertainment Weekly's "Idolatry". Part 2.

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Kris Allen: Idolatry interview, part 1

American Idol Season 8 winner Kris Allen interviewed for Entertainment Weekly's "Idolatry".

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Monday, August 24, 2009

Kris Allen performs "Ain't no Sunshine" on American Idol

American Idol Season 8 winner Kris Allen sings Bill Withers' "Ain't no Sunshine".

American Idol winner Kris Allen is mastering the fame game

And you think you've had a crazy year.

Give this whirlwind a whirl: In six months you've gone from unknown college dropout to ubiquitous music star, headlining arenas across the United States. Americans by the tens of millions handed you a first-place finish on the country's most popular television program, and more than 20,000 lined the streets to help you celebrate with a hometown victory parade.

Last fall you were another anonymous dude playing bar gigs, just hoping somebody would notice; today you phone up Chris Daughtry for career advice.

If 2009 has been a big, surreal blur for "American Idol" champ Kris Allen, surely you can forgive him. Point out to Allen that his upcoming concert will mark his second Detroit-area visit of the year, and he pauses, silent. Nudge him with a reminder that he was here in March, when "American Idol" filmed a dedicated Motown episode, and he pipes back up:

"Yeah, that's right!"

The 24-year-old singer-guitarist will lead the 2009 finalists, including runner-up Adam Lambert, as the latest "American Idols Live!" tour winds its way into the Palace on Wednesday. Allen spent the first half of the year learning what it was like to star on a major television show. This summer is now a crash course in the one-of-a-kind grind of concert touring.

"It's not the easiest thing in the world," concedes Allen, who married his longtime girlfriend in September, just months before life abruptly veered down the "Idol" track. "There's not a whole lot of sleep, and you're not on any kind of schedule. You arrive in some places at 5 or 6 in the morning, then some places at 1 or 2 -- it's always different. But every night is totally worth it. The shows are what we do this for."

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Sunday, August 23, 2009

Kris Allen performs The Beatles' "Come Together" on American Idol

American Idol Season 8 winner Kris Allen sings The Beatles' "Come Together"

Kris Allen: The Ultimate Interview, part four

In the final part of this four-part interview, "American Idol" winner Kris Allen reflects talks about the "Idol" tour and discusses what's next in his music career. (check the archives for parts 1-3)

LAT: Before you auditioned for “American Idol,” was there ever a point where you were ready to give up music and get a 9-to-5 job?

KA: I don’t know if there was a time when I was going to give up music completely. I was going to give up trying so hard, because whether it would be playing at a church or playing at weddings or anything like that, I felt like music would always be a part of who I was, but yeah, I was totally ready. I was going back to college and was going to finish and hopefully get a decent job so me and my wife could have a comfortable life together, which would have been fine. But things worked out this way. I’m really happy.

LAT: And now you’re working on your first album for a major label. What is your vision for this debut release?

KA: I think the vision that I have for the first album is so hard to put into words. I know that it’s going to be music that people like and something that is hopefully different than maybe people have heard in a while or maybe ever. I hope that it’s something that grabs people lyrically-wise, subject matter and even musically as well, but something that’s different from what people are doing right now.

LAT: Are you writing songs for the album?

KA: I pushed for that. I wanted to be part of the writing process. I don’t know if I can. There’s so much going on right now with the tour and all that. But yeah, we’ve done a lot of co-writing sessions and it’s been an experience because you learn from people who have been writing songs for a long time.

LAT: Are you happy with how it’s going so far?

KA: The first session I had went well, but the song didn’t end up as something I wanted to do on the album. I was intimidated, so I didn’t put my two cents in as much as I should have, and then the next one went really well and I got more comfortable. Same thing with the song though. Closer to what I wanted, but not completely there. And then I was with somebody yesterday and it was weird, but it went really well and I think it’s getting there. I really do. I’m excited.

LAT: Before the summer tour started, what was the biggest audience you had played for?

KA: I played for 20,000 at the home visit [to Conway, Ark., during top three week on “American Idol”]. That was definitely millions of percent bigger than anything I’ve ever done and it was very cool to sing in front of that many people. And then I sang at the Wal-Mart shareholders’ meeting and I think there were 16,000 people there. I did the national anthem at the Lakers’ game. I don’t know how many people were there. But before all that stuff, maybe like 200, 300.

LAT: Is there a different energy playing for 20,000 people instead of 200?

KA: It’s a completely different energy. I had a best friend that I’ve been playing music with and we always talked about what it would be like to be playing in front of arenas of thousands and thousands of people. When you’re singing in front of that many people, the energy they give you is so captivating that you want to give them something to cheer about.

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Saturday, August 22, 2009

Kris Allen performs "The Way You Look Tonight" on American Idol

American Idol Season 8 winner Kris Allen sings "The Way You Look Tonight"

Friday, August 21, 2009

Kris Allen, The Ultimate interview, part three

In the third part of this four-part interview, "American Idol" winner Kris Allen discusses his experience on the show and his notable song choices that helped him clinch the season 8 crown.

LAT: You earned a reputation on “American Idol” for taking well-known songs and making them your own. Is that something you’ve always done?

KA: Yes. When you play in bars and you have to play for three hours, you have to play songs people know. I never wanted to just play a song that people know. I wanted people to think, “That’s a cool way to sing that song” or “That’s a cool way to play that song,” and so it’s always been a part of what I do as a performer.

LAT: What are some of the songs you would interpret while playing clubs?

KA: I used to do “Man in the Mirror,” which I sang on the top 36 night. R&B songs are always fun to do, to have people hear it from a white guy on the guitar.

That song has always done something for me for some reason. It has a good message. It’s Michael Jackson. It’s a great song. There were a couple songs that I wanted to do that week that I wasn’t able to due to clearance problems. I went through this list of 300 songs and that one wasn’t on there. I didn’t want to do anything on that list. I think there were more songs than that, but there was nothing that I wanted to do. That song popped in my head and I thought, “Just go with it.”

LAT: Describe the process of making songs like “Ain’t No Sunshine” and “Heartless” your own.

KA: I completely forget about the song as [the original artist] does it and I think how I would play the song phrasing-wise, chord structure-wise and feeling-wise. It all comes together. I hear what it’s going to sound like in my head and I run with it.

LAT: So you’re hearing your version in your head before you play it out loud?

KA: Once I hear it in my head, then I’ll start playing something on my guitar and singing along with it and it still sounds like the song but it’s not the way that person did it. Hopefully it’s a way that no one has ever thought of doing it before. That’s the way I like to do things. I like to be weird.

LAT: Let’s talk about some of the other songs you performed this season. During Grand Ole Opry week you sang “To Make You Feel My Love.”

KA: When I got onto the live show, it was one of those songs I wanted to do and I was hoping a week would come up where I could sing it. It worked well for country week. I beat the system a little bit, because Bob Dylan’s not completely country but Garth Brooks had done it before.

LAT: So you knew the Garth Brooks version?

KA: Yes, it’s one of the prettiest songs ever.

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Kris Allen performs "No Boundaries" after being named American Idol

Kris Allen sings "No Boundaries" on the American Idol finale after being named the Season 8 winner

Thursday, August 20, 2009

Kris Allen sings "Wastin' Time"

American Idol Season 8 winner Kris Allen sings "Wastin' Time".

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Kris Allen sings the National Anthem

American Idol Season 8 winner Kris Allen sings the national anthem at the Lakers Magic NBA Finals game on June 7, 2009

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Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Kris Allen, The Ultimate Interview, part two

In the second part of this four-part interview with winner Kris Allen, the "American Idol" winner talks about auditioning for the show and the experience of using the bathroom in between Simon Cowell and Randy Jackson.

LAT: When did you start watching “American Idol”?

KA: My wife and I don’t have a TV, so it was hard to keep up. But I was living with my mom last year around the time they were down to the Top Five of Season Seven and I started watching. And once you start watching “American Idol,” you really get into it. I didn’t know if I cared who won. It was interesting to watch and see what everyone was going to do. It’s a great show. And it catches you.

LAT: Had you seen some episodes here and there before that?

KA: I had. I started watching Season Six. A friend made it to Hollywood but didn’t go any further. His name was Sean Michel and it was cool to watch someone like him. He’s got this beard that’s down to here and long, long hair. An amazing voice though, and he kind of wowed people. It was cool to see someone from Arkansas make it to Hollywood.

LAT: Did you get a chance to talk to him about his experience?

KA: Yes, we did a couple shows together.

LAT: Were you encouraged or discouraged to audition after talking to Sean?

KA: I don’t know if it encouraged me. It was cool to hear someone from Arkansas being a singer/songwriter and doing his thing to make it a little bit on the show. When I think about it, it is inspiring to have someone like him who is very different have success on the show.

LAT: When did you decide to audition for “Idol”?

KA: My brother wanted to audition and he said I should come with him. I didn’t have anything else to do. This was in July of ’08. Me and my friend [Cale Mills] and my brother were just going to have a road trip. We got to Louisville and there were 12,000 people standing outside and we were the very last ones to pull up. I think we were the very last ones to sign up as well. It was intimidating.

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Kris Allen performs Marvin Gaye's "What's Going On" on American idol

American Idol Season 8 winner Kris Allen sings Marvin Gaye's "What's Going On"

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Kris Allen: The Ultimate Interview, part one

"American Idol" winner Kris Allen sat down with writer Fred Bronson for an in-depth interview. In Part 1 of this four-part interview, Allen talks about his first musical influences and early musical ambitions.

Season 8 “American Idol” winner Kris Allen was born June 21, 1985, to Neil and Kimberly Allen in Jacksonville, Arkansas

LAT: Anyone who watched this season of “American Idol” had good reason to think you grew up in Conway, but that’s not true, right?

KA: I lived in Jacksonville for most of my life. My high school was in The Rock, but I lived in Jacksonville forever until college, and then I moved to Conway.

LAT: What is your earliest memory of music?

KA: Music was always in the house. My dad was a musician. He played guitar and was in a band. The earliest memory I have is somewhere around 6, 7 or 8 years old, listening to a Michael Jackson record. I think it was “Dangerous.” Just sitting in my room by myself dancing and singing and having hats on and trying to do the moonwalk in front of the mirror but it’s not working. Then my dad would walk in. Everything would stop. He would catch me, and he thought it was hilarious. So thank you, Michael Jackson.

LAT: What kind of record collection did your parents have?

KA: My dad had a lot of CDs. I remember having tapes. I didn’t even own the “Dangerous” CD; it was the tape.

LAT: Did you listen to your parents’ music?

KA: As a kid, I would listen to a lot of the music my parents owned. They were into country then, so a lot of Garth Brooks. I think my first concert was Reba McEntire. And my parents listened to old rock bands like Journey and Queen and Foreigner. I grew up loving Journey. I’m a big huge fan.

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Kris Allen sings "I Was Played"

American Idol Season 8 winner Kris Allen sings "I Was Played", from the pre- American idol album Brand New Shoes.

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Monday, August 17, 2009

Kris Allen sings "Apologize" by OneRepublic

Randy Jackson and Kara DioGuardi choose "Apologize" by OneRepublic for American Idol Season 8 winner Kris Allen to sing on the final 3 show. Watch the text message announcement, the performance on the piano, then the judging.


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Sunday, August 16, 2009

Kris Allen interview right after the American Idol Finale

Kris Allen interview right after the American Idol Finale. An oldie, but thought you might love this!!!

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Saturday, August 15, 2009

Adam Lambert in commercial

Adam Lambert appears in a commercial for NBC 7 about High School seniors. Watch below:

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Kris Allen: The American Family Journey

Inviting Arkansas Magazine interviews Kris Allen and Family.

Grounded by faith and love, the Allen family stays solid after Kris Allen is named American Idol. Meet his parents Neil and Kim, brother Daniel, and his wife, Katy.

The Allen Family: Kick Awesome!

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Friday, August 14, 2009

Kris Allen sings "Real World"

Kris Allen sings "Real World", from the pre-American Idol album Brand New Shoes.

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Kris Allen answers Fan questions (video)

TV Guide interviews American idol, Season 8 winner Kris Allen and he answers readers questions.

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Thursday, August 13, 2009

Kris Allen's Secret Songwriting Weapon? Adam Lambert

Every "American Idol" champ's debut disc is a make-or-break affair. For every David Cook, there's a Taylor Hicks. The stakes are high, and the odds of success are slim, which is why, for his post-"Idol" debut, season-eight champ Kris Allen is hoping to increase his chances by getting a little help from his friend Adam Lambert.

"Adam will get a song, and he'll be like, 'Listen to this,' and I'll tell him what I think about it, whether I like it or not. And we were actually doing that last night. ... He was listening to some things of mine," Allen told MTV News. "He had some good things to say, some critiques to say as well. We do that to each other. ... We're just trying to help each other out."

And Allen has needed the help. By his own admission, he's struggled while balancing writing and recording with all the duties that come with being "Idol" champ. But every day, he's getting a bit better at it.

"The time thing is crazy. When you dream of making your first album, you don't dream of making it on tour. ... It's nuts, but we're finding the time to write, and writing is putting my stamp on [my album], so it's happening," he said. "To be honest, at first it was hard, because they stuck me in these co-writing sessions, and I was like, 'I've never done this before.' It was weird. I'd get in there, and I'd be like 'I don't know what to do. ... I'm sorry.' But I've gotten used to it, and it's good to bounce ideas off each other, and so I've been writing a lot with other people, and writing some stuff on my own too."

Allen has already worked with Fray guitarist Joe King, hip-hop producer Salaam Remi and famed songwriter Claude Kelly on the album, which is due in the fall. And while he's still not sure of just how many of those collaborations will actually end up on the record, he's already made one track-list decision: "No Boundaries" — the clunky, Kara DioGuardi-penned "Idol" victory single he's already stopped performing live — won't be on the album. Probably.

"I doubt it'll end up on there," Allen said. "But who knows? Maybe as a Wal-Mart bonus track or something. I love Wal-Mart."

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Kris Allen on MTV's It's On with Alexa Chung, Part 2

American Idol Season 8 winner Kris Allen on MTV's "It's On with Alexa Chung" puts an American Idol twist on classic commercial jingles and does some random Q and A.

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Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Get the Exclusive Kris Allen iTunes Pass!

The Kris Allen iTunes Pass -
Purchase the pass for American Idol Season 8 winner, Kris Allen and receive first access to the debut album, exclusive audio and video performances, the winning single "No Boundaries", and lots more from the Idols Live Tour.

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Kris Allen on MTV's It's On with Alexa Chung, Part 1

American Idol winner, Kris Allen, appears on "It's On with Alexa Chung" and talks childhood dreams, procrastination, Paula Abdul replacements, chillin' with Adam Lambert and touring with his fellow American Idol contestants.

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