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'American Idol' winner Kris Allen breaks wrist in car crash

'American Idol' winner Kris Allen breaks wrist in car crash

LOS ANGELES, Jan. 2 (UPI) -- Season 8 "American Idol" winner Kris Allen broke his wrist and his pregnant wife, Katy Allen, suffered unspecified injuries in a car crash, MTV.com reported.
Universal signs 'Idol' winner Kris Allen

Universal signs 'Idol' winner Kris Allen

LOS ANGELES, April 16 (UPI) -- Universal Music Publishing Group has announced it signed an exclusive worldwide publishing agreement with "American Idol" winner Kris Allen.
'Idol's' Kris Allen headed to Haiti

'Idol's' Kris Allen headed to Haiti

WASHINGTON, Feb. 17 (UPI) -- The United Nations Foundation says it is partnering with "American Idol" for an episode dedicated to earthquake-ravaged Haiti.

'Idol' champ Allen tabs album release date

NEW YORK, Aug. 29 (UPI) -- U.S. singer Kris Allen says he will follow up his win on "American Idol" with the release of his debut album on Nov. 17.
Kris Allen to release first CD this fall

Kris Allen to release first CD this fall

NEW YORK, June 8 (UPI) -- 19 Recordings has signed "American Idol" winner Kris Allen, and his recordings have been licensed to Jive Records, the music labels said Monday.

Report: AT&T may have affected 'Idol' vote

LOS ANGELES, May 27 (UPI) -- AT&T, a corporate sponsor for "American Idol," provided supporters of Kris Allen free tutorials on text messaging their votes, detractors of the practice said.

Allen: Lambert among best of 'Idol' stars

LOS ANGELES, May 24 (UPI) -- Singer Kris Allen, who defeated Adam Lambert to win the eighth season of "American Idol," says Lambert was one of the U.S. TV series' best contestants ever.

Allen, Lambert's 'Boundaries' downloadable

LOS ANGELES, May 21 (UPI) -- "American Idol" Season 8 winner Kris Allen and runner-up Adam Lambert's versions of their debut single "No Boundaries" are available as digital downloads.
Kris Allen named new 'American Idol'

Kris Allen named new 'American Idol'

LOS ANGELES, May 20 (UPI) -- Kris Allen was declared the winner of the singing competition show "American Idol" in Los Angeles Wednesday night.
Foxx says Allen of 'Idol' no pushover

Foxx says Allen of 'Idol' no pushover

LOS ANGELES, May 16 (UPI) -- Actor Jamie Foxx says amateur singer Kris Allen should hold his own in the final round of the U.S. TV series "American Idol."

Danny Gokey voted off 'Idol'

LOS ANGELES, May 13 (UPI) -- Danny Gokey was voted off TV's "American Idol" in Los Angeles Wednesday night.

'Idols Live' tour dates set

LOS ANGELES, April 16 (UPI) -- The top 10 contestants from "American Idol" Season 8 are expected to begin their North American summer tour in July, 19 Entertainment Ltd. said.
Kris Allen
American Idol winner Kris Allen performs as part of the "American Idols Live! Tour 2009" at the San Diego Sports Arena on July 18, 2009. (UPI Photo/Roger Williams)

Kristopher Neil "Kris" Allen (born June 21, 1985) is an American 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 "Heartless" both charted within the Top 20 of the Billboard Hot 100. Allen's post-Idol self-titled album was released on November 17, 2009, through Jive Records. The album debuted at #11 on the U.S. Billboard 200 shifting over 80,000 copies. The album's lead single, "Live Like We're Dying", was released on September 21, 2009, and has so far peaked at #23 in the U.S.

Allen was born in Jacksonville, Arkansas, to Kimberly (née Wood) and Neil Allen. He is the elder of two sons; his younger brother, Daniel, is a college cheer-leading coach. Allen is a Christian and served as assistant music director at the non-denominational New Life Church in both Conway, Arkansas, and Little Rock, Arkansas. Allen has participated in missionary work around the world, including in Burma, Morocco, Mozambique, South Africa, Spain, and Thailand. Friend and fellow Idol contestant Adam Lambert has subsequently described Allen as "not very religious, I don’t know where he got that label" going on to state, "he’s very open-minded to people’s lifestyles and he doesn’t judge."

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