The winner of American Idol season 8, Kris Allen, just inked an agreement with Universal Music that will make him and his beautiful wife very wealthy. UPMG will exclusively publish and distribute all of Kris’ music and compositions, including his current album cover.
That album simply titled “Kris Allen” debuted in late 2009 under the Jive Records label and quickly reached the list of top ten albums downloaded digitally, and in the traditional medium reached the upper echelons of the billboard charts.
Unlike many American Idol finalists who regurgitate other more famous artists’ songs, Kris Allen is a bonafide, accomplished song writer. Not only does he write his own songs, but he also rearranges familiar songs into interesting new versions. That artistic flair won kudos from the judges.
Still Kris is perhaps the most surprising winner of American Idol in its history. He was hardly featured in the early rounds of season 8, only jumping into the public eye during the last few shows.
As a biography Kris Allen is still only 24 years old. He was born June 21, 1985 in a sleep town in rural Arkansas. He has a younger brother and is now married to a beautiful woman named Katy Allen who you can see by blowing up one of the pictures below.
Kris attended the University of Central Arkansas for a few semesters but quit to pursue music as a full time career. As a child he began to learn instruments and has mastered several in his short career. Kris can play viola, electric keyboards, piano, acoustic guitar, electric guitar, and drums!
His most popular song to date is “Live Like We’re Dying,” which is part of his album release. That song reached #18 in the billboard top 20, which you can listen to in the video below. Other top 20 songs by Kris Allen include “No Boundaries” and a rearranged score of “Heartless.”
UPMG has signed a number of former American Idol contestants, including Jason Castro and most notably “Daughtry” who was one of the most successful American Idol finalists ever although he did not actually win it.
See the photos and video and tell us what you think of rising superstar Kris Allen!
Kris Allen (Video)