Kristopher Neil Allen (born 21 June 1985) is a singer and composer American Conway, Arkansas, best known for being the winner of the eighth season of American Idol television reality show. To participate in Idol, released an album in 2007 titled Brand New Shoes.
* 1 Early years
* 2 American Idol
o 2.1 Performances and results
* 3 Discography
o 3.1 Studio albums
o 3.2 Singles
* 4 References
* 5 External links
Kris Allen was born in Jacksonville, Arkansas, son of Kimberly and Neil Allen. It has a younger brother called Daniel, who is at the University of Central Arkansas cheerleading coach and student. Allen attended the school elementary Murrell Taylor, the Fuller Middle high school and College University Mills, where he was part of the school orchestra playing the viola and later earning a place in the Orchestra of the city.
Besides the viola, Allen taught guitar at the age of thirteen, and also knows how to play the piano and ukulele. In 2007, he produced an album titled Brand New Shoes with college classmates and friends Michael Holmes (on drums) and Chase Erwin (bass). The songs on the album began to distribute throughout the country during his participation in Idol.
Allen is a devout Christian. He has done work as a missionary in the world, including places like Burma Morocco, Mozambique, South Africa, Spain, Thailand.
September 26, 2008, he married his girlfriend Katy O’Connell Allen.
Allen auditioned for the eighth season of American Idol in Louisville, Kentucky with his brother Daniel, who failed to pass to the Hollywood round. Performed “I Want You Back”, Jackson 5, during the week of Hollywood as part of a group called White Chocolate, which included Matt Giraud, his roommate and one of the finalists of the program. At the mansion of Idol, Allen shared room with Adam Lambert participant. According to the article published by Us Weekly on Top 13, Allen said, regarding Lambert, “both are brilliant”.
Allen became one of the finalists, along with Lambert and Allison Iraheta on February 26, 2009. Received much praise in competition for his interpretations of pop songs today in a style folk, and its accompaniments with varied, including acoustic guitar, electric guitar, keyboard, and the piano instruments. Randy Jackson has compared it to Jason Mraz. Her rendition of “To Make You Feel My Love” as part of the Top 11 earned him several praise from the jury, and Simon Cowell told him “I’m beginning to think you have great chances that you do well in this competition”. Top 9, made an arrangement of “Ain ain’t No Sunshine” on keyboard, with few musicians on stage, and once again was praised by the judges. Cowell said that she was the best performance of the night.
On the first night of Top 7, chose to sing the song winning an Academy Award, which is the soundtrack of the film once. While Jackson described it as “pitchy from the first note” Kara DioGuardi told him that had been one of its best moments. Due to the narrow margin of time, Cowell and Paula Abdul not made comments. However, the next day, he was told “Kris, you were brilliant”. On the second night of Top 7, Allen returned to accompany with his guitar for the fourth time and made original and an acoustic version of “She Works Hard for the money”, completed with Bongos and a live band. This brought him praise from all members of the jury, and Abdul said “There are not many men who dare to buy women’s clothing Department.” You purchased and you found the perfect balance. For her second performance of the Top 3, Allen impressed the jury with an acoustic arrangement of “Heartless”, Kanye West, leading Jackson to declare he liked more than the original and the version of The Fray. Simon Cowell agreed and added “thought you were out of competition, but I changed opinion after this performance”.
The winner of the seventh season of American Idol David Cook, stated that Kris Allen and Adam Lambert have always been his favorite of the eighth season. Reba McEntire country music singer and actress shared the same view.
After being elected among the three finalists, Kris Allen returned home in Arkansas to film material would be presented during the following two programmes of American Idol. Kris was greeted by a crowd of more than twenty thousand people. Allen gave concerts in Little Rock and Conway, playing the most popular songs during the competition, including “man in the Mirror”, “ain’t No Sunshine”, “Falling Slowly”, and “She Works Hard for the money” outdoors; also sang “Come Together” in the local study of Fox News. All their songs are accompanied with his guitar.
It may 20, 2009, Allen won the eighth season of American Idol through a controversial system free telephone voting AT & T used the State of Arkansas getting 38 million votes 38% of total votes of United States, a status of a population of just 2.8 million, 100 million thus becoming the first married and Christian participant to win the competition. During the final, played with music artist Keith Urban country one Urban, “Kiss a Girl” singles. Also performed a cover version of “We Are the Champions” Queen in a Duet with her opponent, Adam Lambert which, Kris Allen said that you deserved the Crown of American idol 2009 because it was the favorite of the public, judges and music critics and press during the contest.