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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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Kris Allen

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Kris Allen

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

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