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      November 21, 2019

      Thursday   8:00 PM

      316 Main Street
      Ann Arbor, Michigan 48104

      Kris Allen

      Letting You In


      On New Year’s Day in 2013, Kris Allen and his then-pregnant wife Katy were in a
      head-on collision that left the singer/songwriter/guitarist with a career-threatening shattered wrist. In the two years that followed, he underwent three surgeries, re-
      learned how to play guitar (despite regaining just 30 percent movement in the
      damaged wrist), recorded his third album, and toured relentlessly – including a two-
      month-long stint that started just one week after his accident. The American Idol
      season 8 winner ultimately retreated from the whirlwind and immersed himself in a
      songwriting spell that yielded more than 70 new tracks. Culled from the collection of
      songs, Allen’s fourth full-length album Letting You In finds the Nashville-based artist
      delivering his most intimate and dynamic work to date.
      The follow-up to 2014’s Horizons, Letting You In builds off the soulful musicality
      Allen first showcased with his platinum-selling 2009 single “Live Like We’re Dying,”
      But with its sophisticated songcraft and vulnerable lyrics, Letting You In reaches a
      new depth of feeling that infuses each track with undeniable emotional power.
      “Looking back, I think I tired to put off dealing with my feelings around the accident
      for as long as I could,” says Allen. “But in the past year I’ve realized how much it all
      affected me, and that definitely came out in the writing of this album.”
      Allen recorded in Nashville with producers Konrad Snyder (Mat Kearney, Owl City,
      Milo Greene), Ian Fitchuk (James Bay, Drew Holcomb & the Neighbors, Griffin
      House), and Grammy Award-winner Brown Bannister (Amy Grant, Kenny Rogers,
      Steven Curtis Chapman) and made a point of exploring both the bright and dark
      elements of everyday life. “There’s almost two different sides to the record,” Allen
      notes. “On one hand you’ve got these happy love songs, because that’s life – I’m a
      happily married guy, everything with my family’s really great. But internally I was
      going through some things and trying to figure out my life, and the rest of the album
      very much came from that.”
      The latter category of songs includes “My Time Will Come,” whose lyrics reflect on
      Allen’s struggles with self-doubt (“Lately I’ve been making friends with the doubts
      in my head/Hanging on every word that they’ve said”). But with its lilting guitar
      melodies and soaring vocals, the song ultimately emerges as anthem of gritty
      perseverance. On “If We Keep Doing Nothing,” Allen offers a poignant look outward.
      Written in the wake of the mass shooting at Oregon’s Umpqua Community College,
      the song’s throwback-soul arrangement of stark guitar tones and stirring organ
      lines provide a powerful backdrop for a determined meditation on gun violence.
      While Letting You In takes on its share of weighty maters, the album radiates a
      hopeful spirit that’s got everything to do with Allen’s easy warmth and open-
      heartedness as a songwriter and vocalist. One of Letting You In’s most uplifting
      tracks, “Way Up High”, blends cascading guitar lines, breezy melodies, and slice-of-
      life storytelling that came to Allen while flying back home after spending days away
      from his family. “Usually when I’m writing a song I start with the music, but with
      ‘Way Up High’ the lyrics all came to me in a poem form,” he says. “I just tried to get
      down all these thoughts that were rolling through my head at the time, in a very
      stream-of-consciousness sort of way, and it all felt really natural.” And among the
      love songs that make up much of Letting You In is “Waves,” whose gospel-inspired
      harmonies and spirited piano work perfectly capture the tenderness in Allen’s
      opposites-attract serenade to his wife.
      Allen first picked up the guitar at age 13, after spending much of his childhood
      singing in church in his hometown of Jacksonville, Arkansas. Writing his first song in
      his late teens, he self-released an album at age 22 and auditioned for the eighth
      season of American Idol the following year. Several months after his Idol victory
      Allen put out his self-titled major label debut, with lead single “Live Like We’re
      Dying” climbing to the top 20 on the Billboard Hot 100. In addition to releasing his
      sophomore album Thank You Camellia in 2012, he spent the next several years
      sharing stages with such artists as Maroon 5 and Keith Urban, as well as landing
      Billboard, Teen Choice and People’s Choice Awards nominations.
      In the aftermath of his accident, Allen devoted himself to relearning guitar, adjusting
      his technique to adapt to the lack of movement in his wrist. “At first I thought I’d
      never be able to play again,” he recalls. “But once I got my case off, I spent more time
      playing than I ever had in my life. Through all that I realized that I shouldn’t take my
      craft for granted, so I really focused on developing it and becoming even stronger as
      a guitar player than I ever was before.”
      Along with rebuilding his guitar skills, Allen revamped his approach to songwriting
      and soon saw a resurgence in his creativity. “When I’ve made albums in the past,
      there’ve always been other artists and songwriters that I was using as reference
      points,” says Allen, who names Stevie Ray Vaughan and Stevie Wonder among his
      earliest inspirations. “But this time I shut myself off from all that, and just focused
      on making music that was completely true to me.”
      That process proved both thrilling and daunting, but in the end instilled him with a
      new sense of purpose as an artist. “When I first started making music, it was very
      much coming from a place of ‘Are people going to like this?’” he recalls. “But as I was
      making this album, it really became more about being genuine and writing songs
      that feel good. My hope is that if those songs mean a lot to me, they’ll mean a lot to
      the people listening, and that they’ll get some of that hopeful feeling too.”
      Since the release of Letting You In, Allen has released an anthemic single about the
      depth of love outlasting life called When All the Stars Have Died (2018). Kris will also
      be heading out on a solo tour to celebrate his 10-year long career with fans all over
      the United States. For more info on dates and tickets, visit




      VIP tickets include:

      - Meet & Greet / Photos

      - Q&A

      - A chance to hear some new, unreleased songs performed acoustic

      - Signed VIP poster

      - Crowd-free merchandise shopping

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