Early Life and Music:
Kris Allen was born June 21, 1985 in Jacksonville, Arkansas. He taught himself to play guitar at the age of 13 and can play multiple instruments. In 2007, he self-produced an album titled Brand New Shoes with friends Michael Holmes and Chase Erwin.
Kris Allen’s Church Missionary Work:
Kris Allen is a worship leader at New Life Church in Maumelle, Arkansas. He has been involved in missionary work around the world including Burma, Morocco, Mozambique, South Africa, Spain, and Thailand. Much of his musical background is connected with his church experiences.
American Idol Contestant:
Kris Allen auditioned for American Idol in Louisville, Kentucky singing the song “A Song For You.” During Hollywood week, he performed in a group that included Matt Giraud, one of the last five finalists. Early on, Kris Allen was not considered one of the favorites to make it near the finale. However, his reputation as one of the top finalists has grown throughout the competition.
The Style of Kris Allen:
Kris Allen has been compared to the singer-songwriter style of Jason Mraz. He creates a number of his own arrangements and has performed multiple times with his guitar. Many consider Kris Allen to be the dark horse stealth contestant for season eight.