|Joined fellow Top 10 finalists for the "American Idols Live"|
|Signed a deal with Jive Records|
|Released his debut single "No Boundaries" on iTunes|
|Nominated for the 2009 Teen Choice Award for Choice TV: Male Reality/Variety Star|
|Wrote and self-produced his debut album Brand New Shoes with college friends|
|Declared the winner of the eighth season of the FOX reality series "American Idol"|
Throughout the heated competition, Allen was viewed as the "dark horse," but he steadily gained fans for his folk-inspired interpretation of songs like Michael Jackson's "Remember the Time" (1992) and Bill Withers' hit single "Ain't No Sunshine." Before he nabbed a spot in the Top 2, Allen took a huge risk and performed a stripped-down version of Kanye West's "Heartless" (2008), accompanied only by an acoustic guitar. It paid off. He was soon pitted against Adam Lambert, whose provocative outfits, powerful vocals, and headline-making antics made him the season-long front-runner. In the finals, however, Allen clinched the highly coveted title in what was considered one of the competition's biggest upsets. In November 2009, Allen released his self-titled debut album featuring his version of "Heartless" and the lead single, "Live Like We're Dying." After the album's first week of sales, it sold a disappointing 80,000 copies, making it one of the lowest debuts for any "Idol" winner.
|Katherine O'Connell||Wife||Dated for seven years before marrying on Sept. 26, 2008|
|Mills University Studies High School|
|University of Central Arkansas|
|Allen is the worship pastor for the Chi Alpha campus ministry located at University of Central Arkansas and at New Life Church in Conway and Little Rock, AK.|
|Allen has traveled on Chi Alpha mission trips to Spain, Morocco, Thailand, Mozambique and South Africa.|
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