"American Idol" alum Kris Allen plays Plymouth
These days he's touring the country, playing his hits while mixing in fan-chosen covers of tunes by Justin Bieber, The Eagles, Elvis Presley and The Lumineers. The road trip will include a date at the Flying Monkey Movie House and Performance Center in Plymouth on Thursday, April 25.
With two albums and an "American Idol" championship under his belt, he's drawing great reviews and good crowds on his latest tour.
Not bad for a kid from Conway, Ark.
"I feel pretty lucky," Allen said. "I found a career in music, and that's always been my dream.
"I was going to return to college and get a decent job so my wife and I could have a comfortable life together, which would have been fine," he said. "But things worked out a different way, and I'm really happy."
His big break, he says, came when he performed his song "No Boundaries" and won the eighth season of "American Idol" in 2009.
"That was amazing," he said. "L.A. was beautiful, and I was loving the experience, but I never thought I'd win. I kept going back every week and I was still in it, and then I was the last one.
"I had a really good time doing it, but it was important because it allowed me to make a career of this."
Now 27, he has made the big time by many measures. His second album, "Thank You Camellia," featured members of The Fray, Train, The Script and Switchfoot, and his "Out Alive Tour" is generating a good buzz for his cover songs, which he allows fans to choose through his Facebook and Twitter accounts.
"This tour is really focused on the crowd, getting people on their feet, and there's a lot of singing involved," he said. "The band is really talented."
Tickets to the Flying Monkey show, which will be opened by Jillette Johnson, are $15 and $25. For more information, log onto flyingmonkeynh.com or call 536-2551.