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08 December 2015 @ 02:08 pm
KRIS ALLEN - Letting You In Tour 2016
Just announced by Kris. Tickets available on Friday, December 11, 2015.

Past Concert/Performance Guides: 2015 | 2014 | 2013 | 2012 | Post-Idol thru 2011

2/5    Band Together-1989 @ City Winery  (Memphis, TN)  | info | KALblog

3/3    TEDx @ University of Central Arkansas  (Conway, AR)  | info | KALblog
3/31   WorkPlay Theatre    (Birmingham, AL)  | info | KALblog

4/1     Eddie's Attic    (Atlanta, GA)  | info | KALblog
4/3     Yountville Live Bubbles Brunch (Yountville, CA) | info | KALblog
4/5-7 American Idol Finale (Los Angeles, CA) | KALblog
4/8     Daryl's House Club    (Pawling, NY)  | info | KALblog
4/9     Cafe 939 - The Red Room   (Boston, MA)  | info | KALblog
4/10    Tupelo Music Hall    (Manchester, NH)  | info | KALblog
4/12    The Lovin Cup    (Rochester, NY)  | info | KALblog
4/13    Pittsburgh Winery    (Pittsburgh, PA)  | info | KALblog
4/14    The Ark    (Ann Arbor, MI)  | info | KALblog
4/15    Seven Steps Up    (Spring Lake, MI)  | info | KALblog
4/16    Watseka Theatre    (Watseka, IL)  | info | KALblog
4/18   The Gramercy Theatre    (New York, NY)  | info | KALblog
4/29    City Winery    (Nashville, TN)  | info | KALblog

5/4     Meteor Guitar Gallery    (Bentonville, AR)  | info | KALblog
5/5     One World Theatre    (Austin, TX)  | info | KALblog
5/6     Dosey Doe    (Houston, TX)  | info | KALblog
5/7     Iron Horse Pub    (Wichita Falls, TX)  | info | KALblog
5/8     The Kessler Theater    (Dallas, TX)  | info | KALblog
5/10   The Biergarten (Ft Collins, CO) | info | KALblog
5/11    Soiled Dove Underground    (Denver, CO)  | info | KALblog
5/13    Valley Bar   (Phoenix, AZ)  | info | KALblog
5/14     Music Box Theater    (San Diego, CA)  | info | KALblog
5/17     The Mint   (Los Angeles, CA)  | info | KALblog
5/18     Bakersfield Music Hall of Fame   (Bakersfield, CA)  | info | KALblog
5/19     Black Oak Casino    (Toulumne, CA)  | info | KALblog
5/20     Harlow's   (Sacramento, CA)  | info | KALblog
5/21     The Chapel   (San Francisco, CA)  | info | KALblog
5/22    Uptown Theater (Napa, CA) | info | KALblog
5/24     Alberta Rose Theatre    (Portland, OR)  | info | KALblog
5/25     Triple Door    (Seattle, WA)  | info | KALblog
5/31     Old Rock House  (St Louis, MO)  | info | KALblog

6/1     CSPS    (Cedar Rapids, IA)  | info | KALblog
6/2     Cedar Cultural Center    (Minneapolis, MN)  | info | KALblog
6/3     Shank Hall    (Milwaukee, WI)  | info | KALblog
6/4     City Winery    (Chicago, IL)  | info | KALblog
6/5     Great American Ball Park    (Cincinnati, OH)  | info | KALblog
6/6     SoJO presents at Hard Rock Cafe   (Atlantic City, NJ)  | info | KALblog
6/7     World Cafe Live    (Philadelphia, PA)  | info | KALblog
6/8     The Hamilton    (Washington, DC)  | info | KALblog
6/9    The Broadberry  (Richmond, VA) | info | KALblog
6/10   Cat's Cradle    (Carrboro, NC)  | info | KALblog
6/11   Neighborhood Theatre    (Charlotte, NC)  | info | KALblog
6/18   Night on the Streets 2016  (Little Rock, AR)  | info | KALblog

7/21-23  National Hemophilia Foundation  (Kissimmee, FL)  | KALblog

9/4   WNWPalooza, Western New England University (Springfield, MA) | KALblog
9/30  Charity Event (Lake Blue Ridge, GA) | KALblog

10/1  NACA South Regional Conference (Charleston, SC) | KALblog
10/9  Moon River Music Festival (Memphis, TN) | info | KALblog
10/14  NACA Mid-Atlantic Showcase (Buffalo, NY) | KALblog
10/15  Muhlenberg College (Allentown, PA) | info | KALblog
10/28  Reynolds Performance Hall at UCA (Conway, AR) | info |  KALblog

11/29  Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall (Sarasota, FL) | info | KALblog
11/30  Bass Performance Hall (Ft Worth, TX) | info | KALblog

12/1  Byham Theater (Pittsburgh, PA) | info | KALblog
12/2  Batavia Fine Arts Center (Batavia, IL) | info | KALblog
12/3  Dominican University Performing Arts Center (River Forest, IL) | info | KALblog
12/8  Paramount Theatre (Denver, CO) | info | KALblog
12/9  Helzberg Hall (Kansas City, MO)  | info | KALblog
12/10  Dekelboum Concert Hall, Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center (College Park, MD)  | info | KALblog
12/11  The Playhouse on Rodney Square - 2 Shows (Wilmington, DE)  | info | KALblog
12/12  Palace Theatre (Manchester, NH)  | info | KALblog
12/14  McGlohon Theater (Charlotte, NC)   | info | KALblog
12/15  Oxford Performing Arts Center (Oxford, AL)  | info | KALblog
12/17  Orpheum Theatre (Wichita, KS)  | info | KALblog
12/18  Rococo Theatre – 2 Shows (Lincoln, NE)  | info | KALblog
12/20 The Brown Theatre, KY Center for the Arts (Louisville, KY)  | info | KALblog
12/21  Southern Theatre (Columbus, OH)  | info | KALblog
12/22  Severance Hall (Cleveland, OH)  | info | KALblog
12/23  Sandusky State Theatre (Sandusky, OH)  | info | KALblog
In Bridgewater, A Sanctuary For Songwriters

via Katy Savage @ the Vermont Standard

When you think of musicians and recording studios, you think of cities like Nashville, Los Angeles and New York City. A group is trying to add Bridgewater to that list.

Up Holiday Farm Road, far off in the woods on a 500-acre property surrounded by trees and farm animals, there are plans to turn an old red barn in front of an alpaca heard into a recording studio and build creative spaces beside it...  [read more]

From the Sword & Spoon Group, OQ Farm Songwriters Festival gathers musicians from across the country
10 July 2015 @ 11:27 am
Here's video of the entire show (from June 28), courtesy of Azores TV.

As Hillary Clinton kicks off her Presidential campaign run, she's released her official Spotify playlist.
Kris Allen's "Fighters" is #12 on the 14-song playlist.

Articles: Hillary Clinton’s Official 2016 Playlist Includes a Kris Allen Deep Cut... on 103.3 WVYB
About.com's Song-by-song commentary on Hillary Clinton's 2016 Spotify Playlist

Here is Hillary's First 2016 Presidential Campaign Speech, with Fighters playing at the very end (45:20):

19 June 2015 @ 01:12 am
Published on Jun 18, 2015

Fact: This is Chris Torres' favorite song on "Horizons". Hope you all like it too.

04 June 2015 @ 05:56 pm
Published on Jun 4, 2015

It's in the shattered places we first see the light.

Published on May 21, 2015
Young Love...Paul Simon...whatever you call it, we hope you like it.

21 May 2015 @ 03:37 pm
Published on May 10, 2015

Happy Mothers Day Mom! Love you so much. No wonder it's taken me forever to play this song. There are a thousand chords in it.

07 May 2015 @ 05:00 pm
Published on May 7, 2015

Taking it back to 1968 today. Coo-Coo-Ca-choo, Mrs Robinson.

23 April 2015 @ 03:13 pm
Published on Apr 23, 2015

This is one of my [Kris Allen's] favorite tracks from "Horizons." Hope you guys like it too.

22 April 2015 @ 11:59 am
Published on Apr 20, 2015

Who needs instruments? Ha!

10 April 2015 @ 02:38 pm
Published on Apr 9, 2015
Kris and the band get lost.

mp3 download
28 March 2015 @ 11:35 pm
Published on Mar 26, 2015

Better With You is better with toys. And puppies.

mp3 download

Published on Mar 12, 2015

Kris mashes up some Grammy pop songs. (Chandelier / Take Me to Church / Stay with Me)

mp3 download
25 March 2015 @ 10:49 pm

via @jmatt17

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"Live Like We're Dying" via mjs

National Anthem via NHL

[original post below]

Kris is set to perform LLWD and the National Anthem before the NHL Stadium Series game at Levi's Stadium. This event will be televised in the US by NBCSN on 2/21. Check your local listings.  The game is scheduled for 7pm (Pacific), but Kris may perform before that time as pre-game coverage starts at 6:30pm..

From the NHL: John Fogerty, Melissa Etheridge, Kris Allen and Symphony Silicon Valley to perform at 2015 Coors Light NHL Stadium Series
From SFgate: Fogerty, Etheridge playing at Levi’s NHL game
From the Contra Costa Times: NHL Stadium Series: John Fogerty, Melissa Etheridge to perform in Santa Clara

On Saturday, Feb. 21, the 2015 Coors Light NHL Stadium Series™ outdoor matchup between the host San Jose Sharks® against the Los Angeles Kings® at Levi’s® Stadium in Santa Clara, Calif. will feature ... performances by rock legend and Bay Area native John Fogerty, Grammy Award-winning artist Melissa Etheridge, singer-songwriter Kris Allen, and Symphony Silicon Valley. The game and performances will be broadcast live nationally on NBCSN in the U.S., and on CBC and TVA2 in Canada at 7:00 p.m. PT/10:00 p.m. ET, with pre-game coverage set for 6:30 p.m. PT. SiriusXM Satellite Radio will provide radio coverage...

Kris Allen – Pre-Game Performance and U.S. National Anthem
Accompanied by Symphony Silicon Valley, singer-songwriter Kris Allen will give a special performance of his hit song, “Live Like We’re Dying,” followed by a rendition of the U.S. national anthem.

Allen’s past work includes his 2009 self-titled debut which features his breakout and platinum-selling single, “Live Like We’re Dying.” On August 12, 2014, he released his first independent album, “Horizons.” Produced by Grammy-nominated Charlie Peacock (Switchfoot, The Civil Wars), Allen sharpened his songcraft and brought a bold openhearted spirit to his soulful brand of pop-rock including his first single “Prove It To You” featuring Nashville songstress Lenachka. “Horizons” brings a level of sophistication in Allen’s melody-minded songwriting while fully tapping into his natural grace as a singer and guitarist. In addition to being a platinum recording and touring artist, Allen is also dedicated to using his position to raise awareness about a number of philanthropic causes including Music Empowers, World Vision, and Global Genes.

20 February 2015 @ 02:28 pm
Here is a list of Kris' concerts and performances in 2015. We'll keep it updated throughout the year.
KALblog links to the excellent coverage by @krisallenlists.  This will be linked on the side for easy reference.
Past Concert/Performance Guides: 2014 | 2013 | 2012 | Post-Idol thru 2011

1/14 In the Round @ Bluebird Cafe (Nashville, TN) | info | KALblog
1/17 High Dive (Gainsville, FL) | info | KALblog
1/18 Palm Stage (West Palm Beach, FL) | info | KALblog
1/20 Cafe Eleven (St Augustine, FL) | info | KALblog
1/21 Jack Rabbits (Jacksonville, FL) | info | KALblog
1/23 Safety Harbor Art & Music Center (Safety Harbor, FL) | info | KALblog
1/24-28  The Rock Boat (Norwegian "Pearl")  (Miami, FL) | info | KALblog
1/29  The Social (Orlando, FL) | info | KALblog
1/30  Mill Town Music Hall (Bremen, GA) | info | KALblog
1/31  Eagle Jam 2015 (Univ of Southern Miss, Hattiesburg, MS) | info | KALblog

2/21  NHL Stadium Series (Levi's Stadium, Santa Clara, CA) | info | KALblog

3/25  Tin Pan South Songwriters Festival (Commodore Grill, Nashville, TN) | info | KALblog

4/10  Franklin Pierce University Fieldhouse (Rindge, NH) | info | KALblog
4/17  University of Tennessee (Chattanooga, TN) | info | KALblog
4/18  Young Harris College Spring Fest (Young Harris, GA) | info | KALblog

5/1    Unbridled Eve Gala (Louisville, KY) | info | KALblog
5/2    Trussville City Fest (Trussville, AL) | info | KALblog
5/9    Musicians Corner at Centennial Park (Nashville, TN) | info | KALblog
5/15  The Wolf Den at the Mohegan Sun Casino (Uncasville, CT) | info | KALblog
5/22  Arkansas Riverfest (Little Rock, AR) | info | KALblog
5/30  North Central College (Naperville, IL) | info | KALblog

6/4    The Bluebird Cafe (Nashville, TN) | info | KALblog
6/19  POSTPONED The Hideaway Cafe (St Petersburg, FL) | info
6/19  Lauderdale Live 2015 VIP Pre-Party (Ft Lauderdale, FL) | info | KALblog
6/20  Lauderdale Live 2015 (Ft Lauderdale, FL) | info | KALblog
6/28  Armed Forces Entertainment (Lajes AB, Portugal) | info | KALblog
6/30  Armed Forces Entertainment (NATO Base Lisbon, Portugal) | info | KALblog

7/2   Armed Forces Entertainment (USAG Vicenza, Italy) | info | KALblog
7/4   Armed Forces Entertainment (Aviano AB, Italy) | info | KALblog
7/18  Miyelo Music Festival (Tipp City, OH) | info | KALblog
7/24  Memphis Bike Fest (Memphis, TN) | info | KALblog
7/30  Ottauquechee Farm Songwriters Festival (Woodstock, VT) | info | KALblog

8/31  Musicians Corner Tribute to Tom Petty (Nashville, TN) | info | KALblog

9/18  Adelphi University Performing Arts Center (Garden City, NY) | info | KALblog
9/19  Briggs & Al's Run & Walk for Children's Hospital (Milwaukee, WI) | info | KALblog
9/26 Global Genes Tribute to Champions of Hope Gala (Huntington Beach, CA) | info | KALblog

12/1 World Aids Day Detroit Benefit Concert (Detroit, MI) | info
| KALblog
12/23 OC Christmas Extravaganza (Costa Mesa, CA) | info | KALblog
20 February 2015 @ 02:13 pm
A couple of articles from 2014. Maybe I'll update this later with more, but we'll see...

9/15/14 - From the Hollywood Reporter, Kris Allen Talks 'American Idol' Baby Boom, New Video, Fall Tour

11/2014 - Beyond the Stage Magazine, Issue One.  Kris Allen on pages 32-33-34

11/4/2014 - Fourculture magazine, Issue 15. Kris Allen: A new album, fatherhood & expanded horizons on pages 46-55
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Fork: a short film about tough decisions and tougher consequences.
Kris is composing the music for Fork, a short film that is seeking funding via Kickstarter.  Learn more about this project at the Fork Kickstarter site.  Kris talks about his involvement in the film in the video clip.

‘American Idol’ Winner, Singer/Songwriter Kris Allen to Perform at 2014 Global Genes Tribute to Champions of Hope Gala (September 13, in Huntington Beach, CA)
[Read about it here]

American Idol Winner Kris Allen to Headline the Tribute to Champions of Hope
[Article here]

American Idol Welcome Home Excerpt
In 2011, American Idol celebrated its 10th anniversary, and filmed a 30-minute documentary.  The producer, Golareh Safarian, recently posted the last segment of the video on Vimeo: American Idol Welcome Home Excerpt.

Tune in to Yahoo! Screen
Tuesday, September 2 at 4:50pm Pacific, 6:60pm Central, 7:50pm Eastern
for a LIVE stream of Kris Allen in concert at Mohawk Community College in Utica, NY

ETA: Stream was available online for another 24 hours.  Y! also posted 3 songs and 5 30-sec clips from the concert.
Thanks to Kris fan Ritz, you can rewatch it again here on YT.

A new 'Horizon': Former 'Idol' winner Kris Allen moves past crash with new album
August 28, 2014 - by Jeremy Bonfiglio in The Herald-Palladium (Michigan)

THREE OAKS - It's been two weeks since the release of his new album, "Horizons," and Kris Allen is feeling reflective.
The 29-year old singer, whose boyish good looks, soft tenor vocals and acoustic pop-rock sensibilities led to the "American Idol" season eight crown five years ago, is excited about the record, humbled by the journey in making it and grateful to be creating music at all after a head-on car crash last year shattered his right wrist.
(Read more here)

Kris Allen - Horizons photoshoot excerpts and outtakes from Brenton Little
August 13, 2014
My good friend Kris Allen's brand new album HORIZONS released yesterday! I had the distinct honor of doing the photography and album design; this was my first time taking on both roles and I think it turned out very well. This is his 3rd studio release since American Idol and I definitely believe he's really pushing the boundaries of pop-rock. Horizons was recorded in Nashville by award winning producer, Charlie Peacock. I'm really excited for Kris and what the future holds.
(See all 12 photos at Brenton Little's blog)

Interview from Desorden: Kris Allen
August 16, 2014 -
After a year that saw him become a father, survive a devastating car crash, and record his best album to date, the American Idol winner is looking towards new horizons.

(A must read, in-depth interview of Kris with 17 questions and detailed answers. Read it at desorden)

Desorden's Review of Horizons
"Allen was forced to adapt his approach to creating melodies, and it shows through in surprising and delightful ways . . . The outstanding production of “Horizons” ensures the focus remains on Allen’s surprisingly rich and strong voice"
(Read the review at desorden)

More Horizons album reviews:
Michelle Leigh writes, Kris Allen – “Horizons” Album Review
Kara Johnson at examiner.com, American Idol winner Kris Allen expands his horizons on new album
Sandra Hohmann, I can see Kris Allen on Horizons
Elizabeth Rosalyn, Kris Allen's Horizons
Markos Papadatos at Digital Journal, Review: Kris Allen delights on new album 'Horizons'
Jonathan Frahm on PopWrapped, Album Review: Kris Allen Expands with 'Horizons'
Roland Lim, An Honest Music Blog, Horizons
Marguerite O'Connell at fourculture, Kris Allen Releases Horizons
Wesley Ryan's Music Hub, New Music - Kris Allen - Horizons
Troy L Smith at cleveland.com, Former 'American Idol' winner Kris Allen expands 'Horizons' to Nashville
Graeme O'Neil, Entertainment Host / Producer / Blogger, REVIEW: Kris Allen's "Horizons" (8/14)
Sam Bennett at Poparazzi, Kris Allen - Horizons Album Review (8/20)
Marguerite O'Connell at fourculture, Kris Allen Releases Horizons (8/22)
Rito P Aliso at Philippine Daily Inquirer, Satisfying mix of feel-good tunes from Kris Allen (8/30)
Jerrell Chow, in Mind Equals Blown, Kris Allen: Horizons  (9/01)
Music Roundtable, Music Reviews - Kris Allen Epitomizes the Worthlessness of Reality Singing Competitions (11/17)