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Kris Allen is one lucky guy to have a father who's into music as well!
In our EXCLUSIVE phone interview with him, he recalls his most memorable experience with his father.
"My most memorable experience with my Dad is he's a musician so knowing that he played music for a living for a while and always supporting me in me playing music.. and [another is] us playing together."
Click to listen to our interview with Kris Allen below:
No holding back
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The American Idol winner tells Bibi Nurshuhada Ramli his second album, Thank You Camellia, truly reflects him as an artiste
Kris Allen’s latest album Thank You Camellia isn’t a tribute to a girl. Rather, it’s the name of a street in Los Angeles, Camellia Avenue, where he stayed with friends while cutting the record.
“They let me sleep on the couch and hang out with them for about a year. I just wanted to tell them that I appreciated what they did for me. Thank you, Camellia,” says the American Idol Season Eight winner in a phone interview.
Thank You Camellia, his second album, has more special meaning for Allen, compared to his self-titled debut album released just five months after being crowned winner of American Idol.
“Once you come out of (American Idol), you have three or four months to make a record. You’re thrown into everything and it gets pretty crazy,” says Allen.
“I, for one, didn’t feel like I was in the right headspace to make a record yet, but I had to. However, I’m very proud of what we came up with in that short time.”
On the other hand, he spent 2½ years to perfect Camellia. “I got to really sit down and write all the songs from a really genuine place. That’s the biggest difference. I feel it shows who I am as an artiste. The songs say something, and the album feels real. I think people will enjoy listening to them.”
Allen drew inspiration for the album from his relationships and that of his friends.
“I just tried to write about that, be completely real and not hold anything back.”
Writing songs doesn’t seem difficult for Allen, but choosing the songs for an album always gets him.
“I usually write 60 songs for each record and for Camellia, we managed to narrow it down to 16 or 17. At the end of the day, you have to create something cohesive and make sure the album makes sense, even if you sacrifice some of the songs.”
When you write about love and heartbreak, you tend to get emotional.
“If I am not becoming emotional enough with (the songs), then they’re probably not as good as they should be,” he says.
His genuine passion for music is what makes him different from other guitar-playing singers, he says. “I feel like I’m real, not to say that other people aren’t. I’m going to always tell the truth through my music.
“I’m out to inspire people to be good in their lives and relationships, and to always be real. I think that sets me apart.”
Allen doesn’t only depend on his music to make a difference. He has done years of philanthropy work in countries all over the world, even before he participated in American Idol.
“If I can make a difference, then I will do it. That’s part of the legacy I want to leave behind. It isn’t always about yourself and achieving success, but also about giving back and showing others that it doesn’t take a lot to do big things,” he says.
He is also involved in music education programmes, which were a huge part of his life while growing up.
“I’d also like to be involved in kids’ lives, whether or not they become successful musically,” he admits. “Whenever I go home to Arkansas, I will hang out with this boy who is a big fan of mine and who has cancer. Sometimes it’s the little things that matter.”
Family is another part of Allen’s life that he cherishes. Despite his busy musical career, he always makes time for his loving wife, Katy, whom he calls “the most amazing wife in the world”.
Allen says that Katy is very supportive and happy that he is able to do what he wants to do.
“We make sure that we don’t go two weeks without seeing each other. When we do get to be with each other, we make sure it is special and that it’s just us.”
Katy is also his “musical advisor. “She’d say, ‘I like the song but not that line’. So I’d spend hours just to change that one line,” he says.
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Aaaaah. it's been forever since the last time na bumisita ako dito >.<
I miss this forum!!! binabalikan ko mga lumang threads, the Feb 2010 concert.
Kris balik ka na dito!!!
KRIS ALLEN'S BIO, BY KRIS ALLEN
Kris needed a new bio, so instead of hiring a writer, we went straight to the source. This is Kris' new bio, by Kris himself. Enjoy.
So I'm starting this out with a question to myself. What do they really want to know? Sometimes I feel like you know everything already. So what could I possibly say that is actually going to make you keep reading and fight the urge of going to YouTube and looking up videos of what some cute cat or laughing baby did today.
I could tell you how much I'm infatuated with music and always have been. How there was never another option for me. How since I was 5 I've been singing. Learning the viola at 8. Learning guitar at 13 by sneaking my dad's everyday when he went to work. Playing at church in high school. Playing at bars in college. But you already know this, don't you?
I could tell you how I tried out for American Idol on a whim 4 years ago and somehow won the whole dang thing. But you already know this, don't you?
I could tell you how I was born and raised in Arkansas. How much I love this state and the people that live here. That I bleed Razorback Red. But you already know this don't you?
I could tell you how I married my best friend at age 23 and sitting here at 26 still think it was the best decision I ever made. But you already know this don't you?
How about I tell you about my dog Zorro. How he's the best dog in the world. Literally (in the voice of Chris Traeger from Parks and Rec. Rob Lowe's character). I don't care how much you think your dog is the best, mine is better. But you already know this, don't you?
I could tell you how I have the best fans in the world. They are like soldiers. Or shall I say ninjas. Always fighting. Always supporting. Always encouraging. But you already know this, don't you?
So here we go. I'm going to attempt to tell you things I think you don't know about me that you would actually want to know, but know some of these things I'm about to say you may already know.
I like cooking and blindly think I'm really good at it.
I like it when my close friends call me Kristopher.
I'm very quietly competitive.
I have no idea where I see myself in 5 years and neither should you.
Step Brothers is the greatest movie of all time.
I don't think I've written my best song yet.
If Chick-Fil-A shakes were healthy for me I would eat one every meal.
I love standing on the top of a hill and looking at the scenery.
I read what you said on Twitter today.
I would rather write on paper than type out what I want to say. Even though I can't read my own hand writing most of the time.
When someone asks me "Hey! Anyone ever told you that you look like that guy from that show?" I always reply "I get that a lot."
I hate talking on the phone because it makes my ear hot.
I try and wake up every day and thank God for what he has given me.
I wish I could grow proper facial hair. Someday.
Mostly, making my new album Thank You Camellia was the most challenging, exciting, stressful, joyful, crazy, and rewarding thing I have ever done and you have no idea how happy it makes me that because you are on this site that the odds of you already listening to it are pretty good.
Thanks for visiting my site and I hope you enjoy your stay.
Kris Allen Performs ‘Girl Pop Medley’ & ‘The Vision of Love’ In-Studio [AUDIO]
By Kelly Ballhorn
Posted on June 22, 2012 at 4:15 PM
So auditions for season 12 of “American Idol” are underway and if you want to get an idea of what it takes to win the whole thing here’s a good place to start…Kris Allen the season 8 “Idol” has been doing a live medley of “Girl Pop” as he calls it. The medley combines hits from ladies like Katy Perry and Rihanna, but it also includes Justin Bieber’s “Boyfriend.”
We asked Kris how a guy’s single became part of the female mix. He told us: “We’ve had this little ‘Girl Pop Medley’ for awhile, then we were practicing it in the bathroom and ‘Boyfriend’ just happened to come out and now it has become part of the ‘Not So Girl Pop Medley Anymore.’” Anyway, it’s so good we had to invite him to our studio to play it for us. Listen to his performances of the killer “Girl Pop Medley,” as well as his latest single “The Vision of Love.”
Chart Updates for TVOL
Magic 89.9 - Magic Pop 30 - June 21, 2012
#4 Last Week: #5 WOC: 8 weeks
Mellow 94.7 - 10 Strong - June 22, 2012
#3 Last Week: #3 WOC: 3 weeks
Magic 89.9 - Top 5@5 - June 25, 2012
1. Maroon 5 - Payphone (=)
2. Carly Rae Jepsen - Call Me Maybe (=)
3. Kris Allen - The Vision Of Love (+1)
4. David Cook - The Last Song I'll Write For You (NE)
5. Justin Bieber - Boyfriend (-2)
Kris Allen Covers The Beach Boys “God Only Knows” (VIDEO)
Seriously. Anybody who covers The Beach Boy’s “God Only Knows,” ONE OF MY FAVORITE SONGS IN THE HISTORY OF THE UNIVERSE BETTER not eff it up.
I am happy (and relieved) to report that Kris Allen–strumming along on a ukulele–covers this 60′s classic BEAUTIFULLY.
Wisely, Kris enlists band members to sing backup harmonies. Cuz you’ve GOT TO HAVE HARMONIES if you even hope to do a Beach Boys song any justice.
The result is a sweet take from the Season 8 American Idol winner that is faithful enough to pay homage, while adding that Allen twist we all know and love.
WATCH NOW! You will not be sorry.