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Kris Allen

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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
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    Popularity
  2.   Live Like We're Dying
  3.   Heartless
  4.   The Vision of Love
  5.   No Boundaries
  6.   Young Love ("Paul Simon")
  7.   Better With You
  8.   Beautiful & Wild
  9.   The Truth
  10.   You Got a Way
  11.   Can't Stay Away
  12.   Prove It to You
  13.   My Weakness
  14.   Red Guitar
  15.   Unique
  16.   It's Always You
  17.   Fighters
  18.   Blindfolded
  19.   I Need to Know
  20.   Before We Come Undone
  21.   Girl Across the Room
  22.   Everybody Just Wants to Dance
  23.   Turn the Pages
  24.   Leave You Alone
  25.   Rooftops
  26.   Let it Rain
  27.   Is it Over
  28.   Bring it Back
  29.   Written All Over My Face
  30.   Alright With Me
  31.   Monster
  32.   Out Alive
  33.   Lifetime
  34.   Teach Me How Love Goes
  35.   Parachute
  36.   In Time
  37.   Loves Me Not by Meiko
  38.   Lost
  39.   Don't Set Me Free
  40.   Ain't No Sunshine
  41.   All She Wants to Do Is Dance
  42.   Apologize
  43.   Come Together
  44.   Falling Slowly
  45.   How Sweet It Is (To Be Loved by You)
  46.   Remember the Time
  47.   She Works Hard For the Money
  48.   The Way You Look Tonight
  49.   To Make You Feel My Love
  50.   What's Going on
  51.   Send Me All Your Angels
  52.   Love Will Find You
  53.   Time Will Come
  54.   Waves
  55.   Faster Shoes
  56.   If We Keep Doing Nothing
  57.   Way Up High
  58.   Feeling This Way
  59.   Letting You In
  60.   Move
  61.   I Remember You

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