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Kris Allen Biography

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Birth Name: Kristopher Neil Allen
Born: 1985/06/21
Birth Place: Conway, Arkansas, United States
Years Active: 2007–present
Genres: Pop Rock, Alternative Rock

Kristopher Neil "Kris" Allen (born June 21, 1985) is an American musician and singer-songwriter from Conway, Arkansas, and the winner of the eighth season of “American Idol.” Prior to “Idol,” he self-released a 2007 album entitled “Brand New Shoes.”

Allen's “Idol” coronation song, “No Boundaries,” and his version of Kanye West’s “Heartless” both charted within the Top 20 of the Billboard Hot 100 Singles chart.

Allen's post-“Idol” self-titled album was released in November 2009, through Jive Records. The album debuted at #11 on the Billboard 200 Albums chart. The album's lead single, “Live Like We're Dying,” peaked at #18 on the Billboard Hot 100. The album's second single, “The Truth,” featured Pat Monahan of the rock band Train on vocals. The third single was, “Alright With Me,” written by Allen and Joe King.