Kris Allen’s road to recovery has taken a slight detour. The Season 8 American Idol winner broke his wrist during a January car accident, and now the 27-year-old “Vision of Love” singer is being forced to undergo surgery for the second time.
“There was always a good chance that it wouldn’t heal properly because of how bad the break was,” Allen explained on his official website May 16. “My wrist has not healed like it should and I am going to need another surgery. My surgery will leave me with limited movement for the rest of my life but will take away the pain and give me most of my strength back.”
“For those of you who are getting worried right about now. . .don’t,” he continued. “I will be fine. After everything is healed, I will be able to play guitar. I will be able to play piano. I will be able to throw a baseball with my kid. I will be able to do the things that I love to do. Just not a proper push-up.”
Allen, whose wife Katy O’Connell is pregnant with their first child, said that while his injury may affect his touring schedule, it won’t prevent him from making more music. “On Monday I go under the knife and I’ll make sure to keep you guys updated as much as possible,” the singer-songwriter added. “I may be under the influence of some drugs, so I apologize for my tweets and posts in advance.”
American Idol winner Kris Allen broke his right wrist after being involved in a head-on car collision Jan. 1.
The “Live Like We’re Dying” singer’s mother, Kimberly Allen, tweeted a picture of her son recuperating in the hospital. “Kristopher and Katy are both pretty beat up but alive! Thank you Jesus! They are setting his arm now and will have surgery tomorrow,” Kimberly tweeted. “[Their dog] Zorro is fine, too! Very shook up, but not injured.”
Hours later, Kris shared an update on his health via Twitter — and announced his wife’s first pregnancy! “Thank you, Ford, for equipping me with a car that kept my whole family and the little one we have on the way safe. . . Yes, I got in a really bad wreck tonight, and yes, I’m having a lil baby.”
Despite his injury, the musician assured his fans “the Out Alive tour is still on.”
Dating since high school, Kris, 27, and Katy, 26, tied the knot on September 26, 2008, just months before he auditioned for the eighth season of American Idol.
So seriously in fact that he has a theory about the holiday.
“If you dress up, you can have a good time,” he explained to CBS Local after a concert. “But if you don’t, it’s kind of like, you’re just lame, so go home.”
A couple of years ago, the American Idol winner dressed up as Mario from the Nintendo video game, Super Mario Bros. The singer said it was even more hilarious because he was wearing a 12-year-old’s costume.
Last year he dressed up as Quailman from the ’90s Nickelodeon series Doug. The costume, which required Kris to wear his underwear on the outside of his clothes, also featured his dog Zorro as his trusty companion Quaildog.
This year though, he’s going to be in New York City for the spooky holiday and wants to do it up right.
When we talked to Kris, he was still deciding what he and his four friends should be, though he had narrowed it down to two choices: the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles or The Avengers.
What do you think Kris should dress up as this year?
“I love what I do and I will never stop,” says the season eight grad, who follows fellow winners David Cook and Lee DeWyze in splitting with the major label.
American Idol season eight winner Kris Allen is no longer with RCA Records, a label rep confirms to The Hollywood Reporter.
Signed to the Sony Music subsidiary immediately after his 2009 victory over runner-up Adam Lambert, Allen released his self-titled debut album in November of that year. Moving over 80,000 units its first week out, it charted at No. 11 on the Billboard 200 and, buoyed by the single “Live Like We’re Dying,” went on to sell over 346,000 copies.
His follow-up, Thank You Camellia, was released in May 2012 and debuted at No. 26 on the album chart with first-week sales of 15,622, according to Nielsen SoundScan. Although the first single, “The Vision of Love,” failed to gain momentum, Allen maintained visibility via his always creative covers.
In September, Allen revealed that he and 19 Entertainment had parted ways and he signed with new management, Pearl Group Entertainment, which counts Chris Daughtry as a client. In fact, Daughtry remains among a small group of Idols still signed to RCA Records and other Sony labels. They include season one’s Kelly Clarkson, season four’s Carrie Underwood, season six’s Jordin Sparks and season eight’s Lambert.
Season seven’s David Cook and season nine’s Lee DeWyze were dropped from the RCA roster in May 2012 and October 2011, respectively.
UPDATE: Addressing his fans, Allen would later say: “I wanted to let everyone know that RCA and I have decided to split ways. I thank them so much for everything that they did for me. There are so many people there that contributed to my becoming the artist that I am and I will miss them all. In saying that, I am really excited about what is ahead. The path has never been clearer to me. I love what I do and I will never stop. So, to my amazing fans, thank you so much for everything so far but things are only gonna get more fun. I promise.”
Season 8 “American Idol” champ Kris Allen has been tirelessly touring in support of his recently released third album, Thank You Camellia, playing everywhere from a rained-out ball game at Boston’s Fenway Park (he jammed in a warm-and-dry stairwell instead), to Pet-A-Palooza, to even a guerrilla gig at the Santa Monica Pier that got busted up by an overzealous patrolman. So Kris fans probably think they’ve seen it all from this guy…but now they’re in for yet another musical configuration, as showcased in a series of intimate new performances shot at Yahoo!’s studios in Los Angeles.
Kris, his guitarist Cale Mills, and his bassist Chris Torres (the latter handling various percussion duties this time around) recently graced Yahoo! with a rare three-piece acoustic set, something they’d actually hadn’t yet filmed for any performances of Thank You Camellia tunes. It was a musical arrangement that worked winningly–particularly with “Better With You,” one of Camellia’s most whimsical and upbeat tracks.
Check out “Better With You”–the first of several Yahoo! exclusive Kris clips that will roll out throughout the month of September–below, and then be sure to go “like” Dunkin’ Donuts’ Facebook page and clink on “Dunkin’ Dish” to watch part one of four videos of Kris answering fans’ Twitter questions. Fans of “Better With You” may be pleased to hear how he answers the question about what his next online casino single will be.
American Idol Season 8 winner has posted a YouTube ukelele-and-three-part-harmony cover of the Beach Boys’ classic God Only Knows, a song that Paul McCartney once said is among the few that can reduce him to tears. Kris’ version pretty sweet — maybe as sweet as that watermelon in the background. Watch it below:
On Thursday afternoon in Nashville, Kris Allen is in the middle of his second day of rehearsals with his band.
Kris has just learned of Donna Summer’s death, so it’s time to add She Works Hard for the Money, one of his American Idol covers, back into the set. Clearly, neither he nor his band has performed the song in a while after surfing new bingo sites.
“Second run-through on that one?” drummer Ryland Steen asks, merely saying what the rest are thinking.
On Saturday, Kris and his band — Ryland, guitarist Andrew DeRoberts, guitarist/keyboardist Cale Mills and bassist Chris Torres — will play their first show together in a year.
So now, the five musicians are holed up at Soundcheck, working up live arrangements of new material like Rooftops, My Weakness, Out Alive and Better With You, as well as songs from Kris’ 2009 debut, including Red Guitar and his hit single Live Like We’re Dying.
The Nashville rehearsal space offers a midway point between Kris’ home in Arkansas and Saturday’s destination — the 96.9 WINK-FM Spring Fling in Ft. Myers, Fla. “We kind of wanted to not do rehearsals in L.A., just because I’d been there so much,” he says. “And I love this town.” Besides, Andrew now lives in Nashville, and Cale was in town anyway, doing some songwriting.
On Tuesday, Kris will release his second album, Thank You Camellia (you can stream it in its entirety here). It’s a warm-hearted album that begins with the sound of Kris walking up to a piano, sitting down at the bench, taking a breath and then beginning to sing and play.
“We didn’t know if that was going to be the start of the album, but we liked that it started the song” Better With You, Kris says. “When we were figuring out what to do with the order, we said, ‘Why don’t we just use that? It’s kind of a cool way to start.’ It’s like you’re going to walk in, and this is the start of the record, right there.
Thank You Camellia is full of such charming flourishes — the whistling on My Weakness, a funky electric piano on Rooftops, the gamelan instrument that session drummer Aaron Sterling plays on Monster.
“I latch on to that kind of stuff,” Kris says. “I love pop music, but I love pop music that does something a little bit different. It’s not all ‘this is what we should be doing because this is the process of making music,’ it’s ideas and being creative.”
If there’s a theme to the songs on Thank You Camellia, it’s “What can I do for you?” Whether it’s single The Vision of Love, with its accompanying anti-bullying video, or Teach Me How Love Goes, most of the songs deal with getting out of oneself and into the lives of other people.
“I struggle with that, because that’s who I am sometimes,” Kris says. “My wife gets mad at me, because I’ll worry more about my friends than I worry about myself.
“I think some people hate that about me. They’re like, ‘You need to worry about yourself more!’ But it’s tough for me, when that’s not the kind of person I am.
“I want my music to feel like I’m giving something to someone else and not that I’m expecting something back. I like singing; I like writing; I like making music with these guys. This is all, like, me giving something to other people. If I get something in return — awesome.”
Even a song like Leave You Alone fits into that mindset.
“It’s ‘I’m trying to do this for you, but I’m sucking at it, so I’m just going to go,’” he says.
Monster’s the one that’s different from that. It’s an “I’ll break your heart” song that’s out of character for Kris but becoming a fan favorite — partly for its unusual sound, which features not only the percussive gamelan instrumentation by a static-y crackle.
“I’m so glad the production turned out really good,” says Kris, who wrote the song with Cale. “We were so worried it wouldn’t turn out right. The perspective changed on the song a million times.”
Monster’s one of the older songs on Thank You Camellia, along with Teach Me How Love Goes and Blindfolded.
Kris wrote Blindfolded with Toby Gad and Lindy Robbins during sessions for the first album, but the song didn’t make the cut. “Someone at the record label latched onto it and was like, ‘We have to put this on the record,’” he says.
Teach Me How Love Goes, one of three songs produced by former Sugarcult lead singer Tim Pagnotta, features Kris playing several instruments. “I played most of the stuff on that record, other than the drums,” Kris says. “And there’s a guy who came in and played electric guitar.”
Loves Me Not is a duet with California-based singer-songwriter Meiko. The two recorded the song in advance of a Live in the Vineyard concert in Napa, Calif., then premiered the song there in April. “I really like the way it turned out,” he says. “It’s one of my favorite songs.”
American Idol winners like Kris tend to approach their second albums differently than other singers. Most acts say they have their entire lives to make their first albums, then six months to do the follow-up. Kris, on the other hand, had four months to make his debut, then about two years to make Thank You Camellia.
“It was backwards, a little bit,” he says.
Kris says he set out to be more active in the process of creating the new album.
“I wrote a lot of songs on the last record, but it wasn’t like really writing,” he says. “It was like getting in a room with a bunch of people.
“I had just learned how to co-write; it was the first time I had ever done that, so I was still learning. I’ve learned enough about that now that I’m able to co-write and also write songs on my own that can translate onto a record. Also, I was able to be part of the production process and make decisions about what was going to be on the record, what it was going to look like, what the songs were going to sound like live.
“It meant so much to me, and I put a lot of personality into it, I feel like. I feel like it comes across as ‘Oh, this is what Kris wants to be.’ Not that the last didn’t — this is just a better version of that.”
There was a time when Kris Allen and his wife Katy O’Connell were considering having children – but since the arrival of dog Zorro in December, everything has changed.
“We thought about it for a time, and then we got a dog and we’re like, ‘Okay, we’re good!’” Allen told reporters at the American Idol results show Thursday.
The adorable French bulldog, who “likes to lay around all the time,” had better wake up before he misses his 15 minutes of fame: He joins his dad on the cover of his new album, Thank You Camellia, which comes out May 22. “I made him famous,” Allen joked. “He’s our tour mascot.”
The pooch was a surprise Christmas gift from Allen’s wife of three and a half years, and also a compromise.
“She wanted a dog, but she wanted a small dog, and I was like, ‘I don’t like small dogs,’” he explained. “But [a French bulldog] is kind of the middle ground because he’s still kind of like chunky and got like big muscles, [and] big dog personality.”
When Allen hits the road to promote his new album, there will likely be plenty of dog treats on his tour bus. “If he comes out, he’ll probably be with my wife, and we’ll have to make sure he’s got his own little bunk and stuff,” he said.
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It’s over two years since Kris Allen was crowned the winner of American Idol 2009. Whilst, for his fans, his win may have seemed undoubtedly well-deserved, many were surprised at what was reported to be a landslide victory. However, looking back, does it still seem like such a surprise?
Aside from his obvious singing talent, Allen also had the advantage of being easily likeable throughout the entire series. The support which turned out for his homecoming was visual proof of this, but no doubt this overwhelming backing was there all along. OK Magazine even cited Katie Holmes as an A-list celebrity fan of the singer – so why was everyone so surprised at his win?
Perhaps it was the fact that odds-on favourite, Adam Lambert, also had an A-list fan, on the form of slightly more outspoken pop songstress, Katy Perry. Lambert also received a huge amount of praise from the judges each week. Entertainment weekly stated that Allen won the contest “underdog style”, and maybe this is why as it came as a shock to some of the nation.
Meanwhile, NY Daily News tried to suggest that there may have been more political forces at place. Lambert was much more likely to be considered the most ‘blue state’ of the two, due to his eccentric style, guyliner and ambiguous sexuality, whilst Allen came from a strong Christian background, and was see as much more ‘clean cut’. Rather than American Idol being based simply on musical talent, or even just basic preference from those who watch with one eye on the TV screen whilst playing Cheeky Bingo, it was seen a politically motivated battle in some viewers eyes. The political climate in 2009 should still have swung the vote in favour of Lambert, although it is worth baring in mind that perhaps blue-state would-be supporters may have been less likely to vote.
Therefore, despite much talk of Allen’s surprising win, it seems that the singer had much of what was needed to pull off such a victory from the very beginning. Perhaps his continuing success since the end of the competition might serve as proof that Allen’s fame and success was simply a long time coming.