Kris Allen

Singer, Musician
With his soulful, folksy interpretations of modern pop songs and a nice-guy image, Kris Allen managed to win over millions of voters to become the season eight winner of Fox's hit reality competition series, "American ... Read more »
Born: 06/20/1985 in Jacksonville, Arkansas, USA

Filmography

Actor (2)

American Idol 2009 - 2010 (Tv Show)

Actor

Billboard's New Year's Eve Live 2009 - 2010 (TV Show)

Actor
Music (1)

The Late Show With David Letterman 2009 (Tv Show)

Performer

Biography

With his soulful, folksy interpretations of modern pop songs and a nice-guy image, Kris Allen managed to win over millions of voters to become the season eight winner of Fox's hit reality competition series, "American Idol" (2002- ). Kristopher Neil Allen was born on June 21, 1985 in Jacksonville, AR to Kim Allen and Neil Allen, a former musician. The future "Idol" winner's interest in music began at an early age; in elementary school, he played the viola, and then taught himself to play the guitar, piano and ukulele at age 13. After high school, Allen moved to Conway, AR to study business at the University of Central Arkansas, but he dropped out in his junior year to release an album titled Brand New Shoes (2006). In 2008, Allen's younger brother persuaded him to audition for the eighth season of "American Idol" in Louisville, KY. While he failed to impress judge Simon Cowell, who told the soft-spoken hopeful that he lacked personality, Allen advanced to the semi-finals round in Hollywood.

Relationships

Neil Allen

Father

Kimberly Allen

Mother

Daniel Allen

Brother

Katherine O'Connell

Wife
Dated for seven years before marrying on Sept. 26, 2008

EDUCATION

Mills University Studies High School

Little Rock , Alaska
Played the viola in his high school orchestra

University of Central Arkansas

Conway , Alaska
Dropped out to pursue music professionally

Milestones

2009

Nominated for the 2009 Teen Choice Award for Choice TV: Male Reality/Variety Star

2009

Signed a deal with Jive Records

2009

Joined fellow Top 10 finalists for the "American Idols Live"

2009

Released his debut single "No Boundaries" on iTunes

2009

Declared the winner of the eighth season of the FOX reality series "American Idol"

2007

Wrote and self-produced his debut album Brand New Shoes with college friends

Bonus Trivia

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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.

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Allen has traveled on Chi Alpha mission trips to Spain, Morocco, Thailand, Mozambique and South Africa.

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