Kris Allen was born and raised in the small town of New Braunfels,Texas. For half of his life he lived in Hernshaw, West Virginia. His music is a captivating mix of high energy and soulful country/southern rock. He was inspired by legends such as Merle Haggard and Johnny Cash, although Keith Whitley and Lynyrd Skynyrd are his biggest influences. Currently finished with four albums, Kris writes many of the songs and music that he performs. He also plays guitar for some of the tracks. His music has received worldwide attention, topping the charts on the World, U.S., and Nashville charts consecutively as well as for several months on the once very popular MP3.com. There are also many radio stations, internet, FM, and XM radio stations that air his music as well. Some stations are “The Wave in Oshawa, Ontario Canada, MCWC Country Radio in Mora, Sweden and recently Bill Mack’s The Open Road and the Dave Nemo show on satellite radio (XM). During his career, Kris has developed numerous fans in many countries around the globe.
There are not many artists who can deliver a high energy and emotional content into their songs like Kris can. “Awesome talent!” quotes Andrew McKneigh from Liverpool, England.
Stories and articles have been published in many newspapers including one titled Second Chances which was a ¾ page article and a front-page photo in the Murfreesboro Daily News Journal located in Murfreesboro, TN. It was about his second chance in life, and coming to Nashville to fulfill his dreams.
He just completed his third show for America Trucking On The Road at the Mid America Truck Show in Louisville, KY, and has been invited to come back next year.Kris will also be at the Great American Truck Show at the Dallas Convention Center in the fall. America Trucking On The Road has featured him 3 times in their magazine. See his magazine page for the articles. There are many organizations that Kris has performed benefit shows for such as The Children s Miracle Network, United Way, The Breast Cancer Society and Special Friends Of Portland to name a few. He is especially fond of working with children and has had a concert for Special Friends summer camp and a Christmas show for many years. United Way used a song that he wrote and performed called “Best Friend” on their infomercial for Special Friends as well.
Kris has received media coverage, singing a powerful song that he wrote, “Why Have They Taken GOD Away” on NBC’s Nashville Gospel Network. The video aired in seven countries with twenty-nine million viewers. The song was inspired by the need for prayer back in schools and our children’s lives. He is a very dedicated and hard working artist, recently traveling to Illinois for a benefit for breast cancer. He performed and auctioned the shirt off of his back to help the cause. I have never met anyone with a heart as big as his” said Debbie Burgess. His warm vocals and emotions that are expressed touch the hearts of many, such as one fan, Maverick of Jukebox Saturday Night who wrote, “I was so deeply moved when I first heard “Heroes Never Die that I rushed in to tell you about that great song and how it touched home!”