Kris Allen And Wife Expecting a Baby Boy.

Kris Allen reveals a rather big piece of news during an interview with Hollywire before his set at the SXSW festival over the weekend!

We know Kris and his wife Katy are expecting a baby in July. But now we also know…that it’s a boy! Also, Kris stays super tight-lipped about upcoming projects. More will be revealed, I’m sure.


Plus, Kris shares some embarrassing moments

  • standtotheright

    “I’ve always wanted to be a dad.” Awwww.

  • girlygirl

    so secret stuff = possible collaboration(s)? o/

    I don’t know if girls’ socks are any better than guys’ socks, though. Mine are usually droopy (I wear mostly ankle socks, though), lol

    He always wanted to be a dad? He really seems so natural with kids…he’s gonna be a great dad. (lol that Katy is going to dress the baby like him — so lots of plaid, t-shirts & jeans, sneakers and fedoras) cute :)

  • Incipit

    Could have sworn I read this here on Saturday. Oh well – Congrats to Kris and Katy – now they know what supplies to buy! Cute interview.

    After the four recent babies that were born to Jason, Luke, Brooke and Carly, and beginning to look like a possible girl group down the road – - maybe little baby boy Allen could look into entertainment law – so they won’t get ripped off. *snerk*

  • http://twitter.com/facenfield David Facenfield

    congrats to Kris and Katy…

  • washpd

    It was reported earlier because they tweeted the news, but this is the full interview where Kris reveals it, and talks about some other things.

  • washpd

    It was reported earlier because they tweeted the news, but this is the full interview where Kris reveals it, and talks about some other things.

  • MissMyEm

    No one keeps a secret better than Kris. It drives me up a wall. LOL Secret stuff collaborations…but for what?? New music. TV show. What.
    ??? Oh the girls’ socks had me cracking up. I wanted to tell him to go to the Gap because they have the best socks.

    The baby info we knew before this show but still…nice to hear it officially from Kris. I really like this little gal. I get a charge out of watching how giggly she is.

  • Eileen99

    This interviewer did a great job! Fun interview.

    Congrats on the baby news & I’m especially looking forward to the projects Kris has coming up.

  • Eileen99

    This interviewer did a great job! Fun interview.

    Congrats on the baby news & I’m especially looking forward to the projects Kris has coming up.

  • mtlfan2

    aww it will be a mini Kris – haha
    I’m intrigued by the collaborations. Looking forward to it :)
    And mostly I’m really looking forward to new music.
    I like the interviewer; she makes me think of Katie Krauss from CleverNews

  • mtlfan2

    aww it will be a mini Kris – haha
    I’m intrigued by the collaborations. Looking forward to it :)
    And mostly I’m really looking forward to new music.
    I like the interviewer; she makes me think of Katie Krauss from CleverNews

  • Rendida

    Sorry Kris, but it’s never a good idea to say “I don’t care” when someone asks you about your music. There are plenty of ways to say you have freedom to do what you want without saying “I don’t care.” And the sad fact is after watching you throw away so many opportunities the last 2 years I already believe that you don’t care. I’ve never seen a guy sell himself short in so many ways. Such a waste of great talent.

  • Rendida

    Sorry Kris, but it’s never a good idea to say “I don’t care” when someone asks you about your music. There are plenty of ways to say you have freedom to do what you want without saying “I don’t care.” And the sad fact is after watching you throw away so many opportunities the last 2 years I already believe that you don’t care. I’ve never seen a guy sell himself short in so many ways. Such a waste of great talent.

  • Valarie

    Huge Congrats to Kris and Katy. Kris seems almost giddy, with anticipation.

  • blackberryharvest

    Maybe Kris’s son and Danny Gokey’s son can be playmates! :)

  • girlygirl

    Exactly what opportunities has he thrown away? He’s been working his butt off for the last 4 years.

  • too-cool-for-school

    Yes, he could have phrased it differently, but why not give him a break? There were many battles and a lot of uncertainty with the label he was signed to before, and maybe some were his fault. Sometimes those things work out, sometimes they don’t. It happens. So, I would imagine that ending that whirlwind journey, and also being in a crazy car accident and expecting a baby now, that his life has changed and he is just ready to move forward from being under such pressure like before and take control of his music in a way that works best for him, and most importantly, he seems happy and his fans are always happy for him and what he music he puts forth. Wasted talent? Not at all for this KA fan.

  • too-cool-for-school

    I hadn’t heard this yet! Very exciting. Congrats again to Kris and Katy! :)

  • siennalily

    Congrats to Kris and Katy. That is going to be one adorable little guy. I wonder what the new projects are???? I can think of some vocal collaborations that would be exciting.

  • rachelwillie78

    I wonder if he is a little bitter/mad at the show? Last year he watched and always talked about the contestants on twitter. He even said that him and his band mates watched religiously last year. I wonder if he is mad at idol after getting dropped?

  • too-cool-for-school

    I think he is just busy right now! :) He really liked the last season too, and this one hasn’t been quite as exciting, as most have felt about it.

  • Rendida

    You said it better than he did, which is a shame. He should be the one telling people – not just fans but potential fans – what they can expect. He could’ve said 100 other things that were positive and enticing. He didn’t. It’s a lost opportunity to get people who don’t already know him interested in what he’s cooking up.

  • Rendida

    Compared to most people – most musicians who are trying to make a name for themselves – he doesn’t work his butt off. He works hard, but not like other artists. Try working with a band that’s really hungry to be heard and you’ll see the difference. He’s spent the last 4 years juggling unnecessarily, oftentimes putting himself in one place when he should’ve been somewhere else. With all that juggling comes lost opportunities – I know you of all people know this.

  • standtotheright

    I don’t believe he’s wasted opportunities (for example, the charity work he’s done has ended up rebounding to his benefit in tour cross-promotion, and it would be a valid use of his time even if it hadn’t), but yes, it was a very infelicitous way to say things. “I’m just doing what excites me and I think that will excite other people too” would have worked better.

  • Rendida

    I don’t consider any charity work a waste of time or a wasted opportunity. I was talking specifically about things related to the music industry and his career and exposure in the music industry.

  • Valarie

    Why would Kris watch idol this season? Producers went to great lengths to make sure that no contestant that would appeal to the last five winners, got to the voting rounds.
    He is focusing on happier thoughts and getting ready for a baby.

  • http://twitter.com/crackletlightin B

    Looking forward to Kris’ new projects/songs. I enjoyed this interviewer – good questions, perky, and an engaging demeanor – as opposed to the cruise interviewer – she bored me a bit.

  • John M

    The show doesn’t have any contestants that would appeal to the last 5 winners? That is a new one, I haven’t heard that yet lol. Is Kris only expected to like white guys with guitars because he is one lol?

  • standtotheright

    Well, I’m still not sure what you mean without specific examples. But I’m glad we agree that his charitable endeavors are a valid use of time.

  • blackberryharvest

    Paul, Janelle, and Kree would appeal to Scotty for example since he is a country singer, and he is one of the last 5 winners(plus he liked that Janelle and Paul sang his songs). Being a white guy doesn’t automatically mean you are a fan of only WGWG lol. Kris’s favorite last year was Joshua.

  • Valarie

    Kris likes a variety of artists, but the entire focus of the early rounds of THIS season was anti-WGWG. How soon some forget.

  • Rendida

    Last Friday is a specific example. Kris was supposed to be at SXSW but didn’t get there in time to get his passes. Do you know what happens at SXSW every day? It’s an event that is focussed on music and the music industry and hundreds of industry people and musicians – even people he admires – were there to meet and network with and and he didn’t even make the effort to get there in time to pick up passes that were waiting for him? If he really cared about it he would’ve been there. His friends were there. He wasn’t. That’s just one example of a lost opportunity from last week.

  • standtotheright

    I am very familiar with SXSW. I am also very familiar with the travel and logistics issues that surround the event. There is constant construction on I-35 even when thousands of people aren’t descending on the town. I don’t assume that “he didn’t care” enough to show up on time because he missed a few showcases the night before.

  • tripp_ncwy

    When has he had time to watch idol. He is coming off his recovery from the surgery + baby on the way + two months on the road touring + rehab and now preparing to go out on tour for another month. I think he has been a little busy. Kris has always said he loves idol and appreciates all the opportunities the show has given him.

  • Miz

    Have you seen Katy’s Pintrest board? It all looks like mini-Kris even a jean jacket and lots of green.

    I have a 2 year old nephew and he dresses like Kris. It is adorable.

  • standtotheright

    Personally, I think some, if not all of the last five winners are relieved that another contestant isn’t likely to be considered part of some trend that keeps them from being evaluated as individual artists.

  • http://twitter.com/MissGolightly22 No Thanks

    Kris just doesn’t have that fire in his belly to succeed at all costs. I’ve never found him particularly ambitious. He just seems like a guy who wants to make a decent living making music. Which seems like he’s doing. For all we know he could be perfectly happy where his career is.

  • Rendida

    He was supposed to be there on Friday. People were expecting him to be there on Friday. There was a pass waiting for him for Friday. Other people who were supposed to be there on Friday were there. If he was excited about it and wanted to be there he would’ve been there like the thousands and thousands of other people that wanted to be there and were there on Friday. You can blame the I-35 construction and the logistics problems if you want, and you can feel satisfied that he made the most of the few free hours he had after his show. I don’t make excuses for him. Missing a full day at SXSW when you were expected to be there is an example of a thrown away opportunity.

  • Miz

    Ahem, he had to do what his labels and management allowed him to do and he was held back big time. He is out from under that huge heavy thumb now.

    Here is a guy who was in a dreadful car accident, suffered a major injury, had surgery and went out on the road right after it against his Dr’s advice. He’s been working non-stop but he still has a butt, so I guess that’s not enough.

  • http://twitter.com/crackletlightin B

    Many musicians would have put off part of their tour for a shattered wrist- but he didn’t even delay it.

  • standtotheright

    Passes are a PERK for artists performing at the event, not an obligation. He wasn’t on a panel or doing interviews on Friday. I think claiming that the whole thing is some “massive lost opportunity” is exaggerating to a large degree. He saw shows and hung out with people for a day or two, the same as many other artists there.

  • girlygirltoo

    He isn’t going to reveal anything that isn’t confirmed. Lots of times musicians say I’m going to release new music/go on tour/be on such-and-such show, etc. — and then it falls through. When he has something concrete to announce, I’m sure we will hear about it.

    I’ll agree he isn’t the best self-promoter, although he has done a better job of doing that sort of stuff since he changed management and left RCA. But I don’t know what the point is of talking about something that may not happen.

  • girlygirltoo

    Since we don’t know the circumstances of why he didn’t get there in time to pick up the passes, I wouldn’t assume that he didn’t care. Maybe his flight was delayed. Maybe his transportation broke down. Maybe he had other work-related commitments. Could be many reasons why they were late other than he didn’t care about it. He had talked about how excited he was about going to SXSW, so it seems like he cared (also, why couldn’t the SXSW people just give them the passes no matter what time they showed up?)

  • girlygirltoo

    He’s been on tour since the beginning of January. He hasn’t exactly had time to sit down and watch Idol. Lots of other Idols, including the reigning winner, have said they don’t watch the show very much. These people are busy with their own lives and careers. Most of them simply don;t have time to keep up with Idol, even if they want to. Maybe they will catch an occasional show or watch some of the YT vids. But just because they don’t keep up with it doesn’t mean any of them are upset or bitter — it just means they are busy with their own stuff and have moved on from the show.

  • Miz

    No, he watched last year because the friends that he was staying with in LA watch it. His band mates didn’t. He was out here writing and recording ‘Thank You Camelia’.

    He has been on the road doing almost nightly shows since Jan. 8th.

  • Rendida

    I’m not saying that he should talk about things that might not happen. I’m saying that “I don’t care” is not the best way to say that he’s excited about having control of his music and being free to do what he wants to do. “I don’t care” is not even in the Top 100 best ways to say it.

  • nncw

    Nice interview – she almost coaxed the secret out of him! Kris certainly has a lot of things to look forward to – very happy for him!

  • Miz

    I really enjoyed this interview. Very lighthearted and fun.

    Didn’t Kris’ road manager, Sean, say that SXSW messed up their passes for Friday? It sounds like they all had a great time anyway.

    I’d really love to know what new projects Kris has going that he can’t talk about. I’d love if he were writing some songs for ‘Nashville’. He said he met (or saw?) Clare Bowen when he was there.

  • Miz

    Got your attention and got you talking, didn’t it? Mission accomplished.

  • Rendida

    I didn’t say it was a “massive” lost opportunity. You asked me for an example and I gave you one. Missing a full day of sxsw is a lost opportunity. I’m sure he made the most of his few free hours on Saturday. But things happened on Friday and he could’ve been part of them – and now we’ll never know what greatness might’ve come from that, and neither will he.

  • Miz

    He didn’t miss a full day. He tweeted pics from there and unless the Sun never sets in Austin, he was there in the day time.

  • Miz

    He didn’t miss a full day. He tweeted pics from there and unless the Sun never sets in Austin, he was there in the day time.

  • brbi1000

    I hope I’m remembering this right, but I thought he said from interviews that he was able to watch a lot of AI last year because the people he was writing with were really into watching Idol.

  • standtotheright

    But things happened on Friday and he could’ve been part of them

    Because he didn’t have passes to all the showcases on Friday? Plenty of people network at SXSW without those. The majority, I’d guess.

    At any rate, I can think of a thousand reasons why he didn’t get them on Friday that don’t imply lack of concern about opportunities. And so I don’t accept that as an example of a wasted one.

  • elliegrll

    I think that Kris is in a position that he wants to be in. It’s not one that is going to initially or even eventually expose his music to a lot of people, get radio play, bring him a lot of recognition, or even allow him to make or sell a lot of original music, but I still think it’s a position that he’s comfortable with.

    With Kris, when he’s not comfortable I think that everyone will know about it, because he just doesn’t know how to fake it, and that will and has wound up hurting him. So in the end staying in his comfort zone is going to benefit him more than being on a bigger stage and major label. Maybe one day he’ll be comfortable enough to go after more, but it has to happen at his pace.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/XXSLI7N743VHTVVLKWCC4MPBVI Elizabeth

    Trying again to post — Super fun interview. Love how it shows off Kris’ personality. Can’t wait to hear what the “secret stuff” is. I would say that Kris is a guy who cares a lot about his music, his band mates, his fans, etc or he would have cancelled his Out Alive tour since it started a week after he was in a head on collision. Maybe he could have phrased his answer a bit differently when asked about his new music, but not necessarily so if you listened to what he was truly talking about – he seems so excited about everything that is to come in his life. From everything Kris has shown us ever since his first appearance on Idol, he is a super talented singer/performer/song writer/musician who happens to have a lot of creativity in his art. He has said himself that he has grown so much as an artist since he was on Idol. I love that he continues to get better and better and remains true to himself. If that is mistaken for anything other than working his butt off and missing opportunities along the way, so be it. On a lighter note, congratulations to Kris and Katy on the arrival of their baby boy! I think I might even pick up a pair of girl socks to give him when I see him in St Louis in a couple of weeks. :)

  • Rendida

    Really? You think me coming here today is “mission accomplished” for Kris? I’m already in his fandom and had to explain to more than a few people today what he meant. I understand Kris-speak and still had to go watch the video because when I saw what he said in print it really looked like he meant he doesn’t care at all! Maybe next time I won’t be around and those people that thought he said he didn’t care about his music will think he doesn’t give a sh*t. Mission accomplished is NOT me trying to translate kris-speak to people who already sort-of like him. Mission accomplished is getting new people interested. “I don’t care” coming from him does not accomplish that, even with our help.

  • Rendida

    That’s OK, you don’t have to agree with me. I get that you think he accomplished all he needed to while he was there. I don’t. Things happen there every day and he missed a lot. I’m sure the Friday panel on direct-to-fan music or the Friday sessions on music publishing & licensing, career path strategies for Indie Artists, and setting up an international tour or the Friday ProTools clinic would have been been interesting and helpful for him – not to mention the parties, shows and networking opportunities. Those things were within reach and he didn’t reach for them. To me, that’s a lost opportunity.

  • standtotheright

    Those things were within reach and he didn’t reach for them.

    Or maybe he did reach for them and circumstances just. didn’t. work. out. And he made the best of what came anyway. That’s what you don’t seem to be allowing for.

  • elliegrll

    I could provide a list, but like I said above, Kris has always gone at his own pace. His pace is slower than others, and has cost him, for example, making it harder for him to make new fans and hold on to some existing ones, but it’s a pace that he wants.

  • mzhallcat

    Congrats to Kris and Katy on the baby boy news. Really enjoyed this fun interview. Nice to see Kris looking so relaxed and happy.
    Could Kris have been more articulate instead of saying I don’t care? Sure. Does this upset me? Not at all. Was Kris not getting his pass on Friday a major faux pas? Nope, he did not miss any commitments that I’m aware of. For me, Kris’s priority was putting on a good show. Did he do that? Yep, he and the guys killed it.

  • mjsbigblog

    Reminder:

    HOLY CRAP. Like a dog with a fricking bone. MAKE YOUR POINT AN MOVE ON. Don’t keep repeating yourself!

  • breakdown

    I think Kris is probably happy with what he’s doing right now but yes, he didn’t word things very well. He should have said something like he doesn’t have to please a label so he can do whatever music he enjoys. I don’t care doesn’t sound very good.

  • Ratna12

    I love watching Kris’ interview, he is always smiling, he is one happy positive guy. Congratulation on the baby boy, I can’t wait to see a mini Kris. He will be so cute.

  • lovetheusa1776

    That was such a great interview – interesting and funny facts – cushy socks – he was chunky (185 lbs.) – love to see the pic his mom sent – bet that’s a hoot – c’mon, Kris – wanna see it!

  • snappp

    Great interview. I think this is the interviewer that got Kris to reveal the name for “Out Alive” last year. Can’t wait to hear about these secret projects and collaborations!

  • almondean88

    What a wonderful post, thanks MJ for putting up this great interview. I
    had seen it tweeted about & was super anxious to see it. So many interesting comments; here are my 2cents. Congratulations to Kris and Katy! Kris’s enthusiasm to be a Dad is so incredibly heart warming. Kris’s “I don’t care” comment I took to mean Kris no longer cares about trying to please some other person or power such as his former label or his former management. He is now free to record and release music that speaks from his heart with no more arbitration from other powers. How great is that! Case in point is Kris’s “Waiting For Christmas” EP.

  • Pippygirl

    That was a fun interview. I can’t wait to hear about the “secret stuff”.
    I think the “I don’t care” comment was said in fun during this lighthearted interview. I think anyone who goes on tour just days after surgery, in a great deal of pain and against medical advice, obviously cares a great deal.
    Since I don’t know Kris personally it’s hard to judge what he really wants out of his career. I think he does like having the control to make music his way, but I don’t think he necessarily doesn’t want to have great success.

    What I do know, is that seeing the meticulous way Interscope has promoted their Idol winners, it is obvious that Sony/RCA/Jive really, really either didn’t give a damn or just didn’t have a clue (I’m going with the latter). I’m sure Kris played a role in the problems his music career has suffered, but that his label couldn’t figure out how to promote a guy with a beautiful voice, a lot of personal charm and who is very physically attractive still has me shaking my head. I often blamed 19 for being terrible management, but they haven’t hurt PP at all, so maybe it was the music label after all. Either way, Kris seems determined to make music, and get out there and perform so I’m content.

    Most important- a mini Kris will be adorable. We may not survive the cute overload!

  • nyc57

    I’m sure Kris would not want to succeed at all costs.He would not sell his soul for fame and his personal relationships are important to him,I do believe he is very passionate and ambitious about music.He very much wants to be the the best singer,songwriter,performer and musician that he can be and I think he works very hard at it.He obviously loves touring and anyone who sees him live can feel his energy and passion for music.
    Kris didn’t have complete control over his career and I am sure that he was very frustrated that he was not on a full tour last summer but had to wait until his contract with 19 was over.

  • EmmaCT

    To decide if he has the “fire” to make it, go see him perform live. Answer is one million times yes. When he won Idol, he wasn’t even a “local” performer. I think his small club touring last year and this year was an important missing step in his career path – there is an experience factor that has to happen, regardless of winning a singing competition. Success is a slow process, an arc (whether you’re an actor or singer). Right now, he’s in the career building stage – with a few doors open that he’ll go back through when the time is right. Right now, there is no better evening for music than spending it with Kris and co. at a small club.

  • elliegrll

    I think that it is obvious that Kris likes to perform in concert, but performing live is just one of the things that artists have to do in order to be successful on a large scale. Kris is definitely not the most ambitious person in the world, and I think that he’d rather perform in front of 200-300 people a night, instead of doing some of the ancillary, but necessary activities that go along with building up a commercially successful career.

  • mmb

    I actually think that Kris is far more ambitious than he may appear

  • nncw

    Well if you listened to all Kris’ interviews they are always honest representations of what he thinks at a particular time – there seems to be very little guise to this guy, he doesn’t go on script in his interviews. Would he have wanted to be a celebrity I have no idea. He mostly talks about trying to improve himself as an artist – in his guitar playing, his stage performances and his writing. The comment about “not caring” actually makes sense – once you enter into the harsh world you do have to find your own voice and own it and be proud of it. But gosh Kris is a very caring kind a guy – cmon!

  • Pippygirl

    I think Kris has described himself as “quietly competitive” and “stubborn”, which generally goes against the common perception of him imo. I think it’s possible he may have resisted some efforts in marketing him (maybe playing up a sexy image).
    Having said that, I don’t really believe it myself. I think he went along with what his management/label wanted and trusted them to know what was best. The years since Idol were probably a tutorial for him about the music business, and the whole “I don’t care” statement, may be more of saying that he is going to listen to himself, think about what HE wants and go for whatever that might be. I think about Kris’ run on Idol, where he didn’t listen to a lot of the bs the judges where giving out, and just did what he thought would work.

    If he follows that rule in his career, it may work out for him. I agree with EmmaCT that success is a slow process. I am interested to see what Kris does in the future, as I think that will answer our questions.

  • standtotheright

    If all the music industry pundits really had a bead on the “ancillary, but necessary activities that go along with building up a commercially successful career,” the hit rate would be much higher across the board.

  • elliegrll

    I don’t claim to know what works, or think that people can only go down one path to find commercial success, but I do think that if something didn’t work the first time, then stop doing it and try something different.

    With Kris, I do think that there were wasted opportunities by him, his management and label. There were also a heck of a lot of warning signs. For example, the lack of movement of his twitter followers should have been a good sign that he was not getting enough exposure or gaining new fans. RCA didn’t have to give him a second album, and I admit that the first album’s era pretty much guaranteed that successfully launching the second one was going to be impossible, but I’ll never understand why Kris continued to do all of the promotion wise that caused all of the problems that he saw during his first launch.

  • RalphResty

    I guess he got complacent. He thought winning American Idol would be enough to make him popular. Unfortunately, many people already forgot him. Or maybe many those people don’t like him because he’s a nice guy? Maybe they like those who have scandalous lifestyles like taking drugs or beating women or something.

  • standtotheright

    but I’ll never understand why Kris continued to do all of the promotion wise that caused all of the problems that he saw during his first launch

    I think the arc of first era was largely about macro factors and promotional strategies were pretty much on the margin. Which is generally the case for most artists. So unless there’s clear evidence that some particular strategy accomplishes something, all else equal, I don’t see the point in saying “do something else.”

  • elliegrll

    I think that you’d be hard pressed to find anyone who works in marketing who will say that Kris’ first era was handled well, or that there were not clear signs, ex. concert attendance, album sales in comparison to the success of LLWD, and name recognition, that what they were doing wasn’t working.

  • standtotheright

    I’m not being clear, sorry. I think that there were management issues that compounded some of the macro factors. And so it was likely worth it to change management when he could. But that doesn’t mean that I think him changing social media strategies or booking a few different appearances would have changed much. Or that most of the artist-driven things (beyond, as was said below, being more careful in interviews) could make a difference for his career right now, either.

  • parsenip

    Rendida – does it make any sense to you that a legitimate management firm would roll the dice on someone who isn’t deeply passionate about and 100% committed to what he’s doing? He’s an investment for them at this point, and since they’re are obviously willing to expend their resources on building his career isn’t it safe to assume they think he has what it takes in every area to eventually provide a return?

  • elliegrll

    It doesn’t matter now, but one change would have just been to be more proactive in his own promotion and marketing. Focusing on social media alone made no sense, because as indicated by his slow growth of twitter followers, he doesn’t have a strong presence on twitter, facebook or youtube. Though his inability to carry out his plan to answer one fb question a day leading up to the album release does give a clue as to why. Being more visible in the public eye may not have saved the second album, but it wouldn’t have hurt, neither would any recognition that those at 19 didn’t have his best interests at heart, so he needed to take control of his promo himself.

  • elliegrll

    There are plenty of people who haven’t beaten up any women or taken drugs, and they have still managed to become successful. People can’t support music or artists that they don’t know about. It’s not enough just to have good music, people have to know that the artist exists.

  • standtotheright

    We do agree that the dregs of Jive and of 19 were not going to be a committed team. I just don’t think that “being proactive” (for whatever that even means) gets an artist without a committed team behind the album any further than they could expect otherwise.

  • escape

    Kris always came off as this nice guy who didn’t want to make waves so as not to rock the boat even though he had a hard road after winning Idol. I just never saw that special something in him that would have taken his career to the next level. There isn’t anything that unique about his voice or his style of music.

  • girlygirltoo

    I doubt he got complacent, or believed all he had to do was win a reality tv show to be popular enought to sustain a career. Some people seem to think that an artist can do or say whatever he or she wants. That isn’t the case, especially when you are signed to a major label. Basically, you do what the label and your management and your publicist tells you to if you want to stay out of trouble. You do not have much control over your career, especially when you are a new artist. Yes, you can make suggestions, but the final word is not yours. I’ve lost count of how many artists have had their careers screwed up by a label’s or a manager’s inability or unwillingness to property promote and support his/her career. There is a reason why artists these days prefer to go the indie or small label route rather than sign with a big label.

    Now that he isn’t with a label and has changed management, he has much more control over his career. There are things that I would like to see improvement in, promotion wise — for example, I think they need to really focus on his YT channel, get content up on there on a regular basis. However, I’m not going to say he’s complacent or doesn’t care simply because he doesn’t have 500K twitter followers or something. You can only control so much — there’s no guarantee that even if anyone was got megapromotion that he/she/they would be this huge commercial success. Conversely, there are artists who get little in the way of national press or promo who are quite successful. It’s all a crapshoot, really. And in the end, if he’s happy with his career and is able to support himself and his growing family, isn’t that all that really matters?

  • parsenip

    That’s the way I interpreted that statement too Pippygirl. He’s probably had a bellyfull of other people deciding what’s best for him after years of hearing you should/can’t/must about his personal vision. It will take him where it takes him. There’s more than one path, thankfully.

    Beyond that, I loved this interview. Kris is the only other person I know who admits to the sound of people chewing driving him up the wall. LOL. I have that too – it’s an actual thing called hyperacusis. And, of course, the one you spend the most time eating with is the one you’ll be most sensitive to. I hope Katy doesn’t take it personally!

  • dawnage01

    Pop dem’ babies out.
    Hehe, jk. So excited for Mr. and Mrs. Allen!~ :-)

  • http://twitter.com/MissGolightly22 No Thanks

    Not the same thing. In order to achieve the level of commercial success to make a major record label happy, you have to do a hell of a lot more than do small club tours.

    Kris clearly has ZERO interest in being a celebrity. And I’d bet money that Kris put the kibosh on a lot of suggestions from his label and/or management because he wasn’t comfortable putting himself out there in the media spotlight. It seems like he barely tolerates most interviews.

    It seems like, if he had his druthers, all he would do is record music and perform. All that other stuff – promoting and marketing himself, press, interviews, dealing with the media etc…. he treats it like a chore.Interviewing him is like pulling teeth.

    None of this behavior does anything to expand his fan base. But, hey, he seems content with his low key career. I suspect his fans want more for him than he really wants for himself.

  • http://twitter.com/dam744 Damien Roberts

    Lets not get anything twisted; every single American Idol winner (despite some not being huge stars) are working in the music industry. We all know how Kelly and Carrie are doing, but Ruben just released an album last year, Fantasia is about to release an album, Taylor just performed at the Republican National Convention, Jordin is about to come out with a new album, David Cook is in a bit of a lull, Lee just signed a new recording contract, Scotty is doing fine.

  • http://twitter.com/facenfield David Facenfield

    wow… kinda surprised how this thread has turned out… purely based on what Kris probably thought was a bit of a throw away comment… but I do agree that he (as someone who seems so laid back) doesn’t always realise how things will be taken by others…

  • ksgirlfordc

    FYI, David Cook “is in a bit of a lull” to the public. He is in full writing mode for his next album hopefully out this year (his words). Writing your own music takes time rather than having your songs given to you.

    Anyway congrats to Mr. & Mrs. Allen on the baby.

  • hoosiermama2

    Super cute interviews! Congrats to Kris & Katy on having a boy! My three boys are soooo much easier than my one daughter–ha! They’ll be an adorable little family!

    I took Kris’ “I don’t care” comments just like you, almondean88, so no worries here. It was a lighthearted interview, but I never doubt that he doesn’t take his career or music seriously. You can tell he’s busting a gut over the new “secret stuff”, so I’m anxious to see what’s ahead. Wouldn’t it be fun if he is working on the theme song for the new Boy Meets World show he talked about?! ;-)

  • hoosiermama2

    I’d love him to have a song on Nashville, too! He did go there to write for the last album, so maybe “I’m coming over” or something else written at that time will be used? Fingers crossed!

  • elliegrll

    I can agree with most of this. The fact is that it seems like Kris is fine with the way that things are going. An example is what happened with the tour posters that he sent out to the media for the Out Alive Tour. Taking that step was a change for him, but his failure to read the posters and notice that several of the dates were wrong, and that his website address was also incorrect, is pretty much in line with how Kris has handled his career up to this point.

    As a fan it’s a little annoying, and it’s one of the reasons why I’m not as big of a fan as I used to be, I’d bet that the same goes for others. But, like I said yesterday, it’s what he’s comfortable with, and he doesn’t seem to have a problem with any negative consequences that may come from how he runs his career, like how hard it’s been for him to make new fans.

  • mtlfan2

    i would think that Fleming would be the one careless enough to mess with the tour info. This said, I think Kris would have advantage to check more closely on this.
    I don’t think Kris has none interest in having a bigger career. The truth is likely to be more between those extremes but I don’t doubt for a minute about his desire for his music to be successful. He’s getting better at self-promotion and this is the kind of signs I’m looking forward (betterment). I think that in this era where he now has 100% creative control over what he does, moving forward will be interesting and we’ll see how he’s going to do. One thing for sure is that he has to be a hard worker. his musical ideas are good, very good and going forward, he will get better at arranging them imo

  • almondean88

    This thread is so entertaining. I enjoy reading everyone’s advice for Kris’s career advancement. I thought for sure Kris’s tweet about secret
    stuff was regarding his baby, but it turns out it was about music collaboration! My vote is that it’s something related to the Kris, Jason Castro, and Jon McLaughlin writing session last October. Kris said in another interview
    that music from the collaboration with Jason would definitely be heard,
    sometime. Jason and Kris visited again when Jason played in Little Rock recently so maybe more is in development.
    I’m eagerly waiting for a Kris Allen website to be back up and running. Since krisallen.com was printed on some tour merch it leads me to think Kris was trying to buy back that website but has hit some delay. I hope it gets cleared up soon because I want to buy another t-shirt!

  • tierbee

    That’s going to be the cutest little family :) I wouldn’t profess to know the guy, but he sure seems like he’d be a great dad. Hopefully he’ll come back through my neck of the woods again whenever he gets back out on the road – he puts on a great show.

  • HopeForMusic

    I’ve never heard of someone basing whether they are a fan of someone on their business/PR skills, but we’re all different, so all’s good. IMHO though, most fans couldn’t care less about whether Kris is good at promoting himself and are fans of his voice, his musicianship, and his songwriting skills. The icing on the cake for me personally, are the very attractive package that Kris Allen comes in, and the fact that he is one of the most decent human beings I’ve seen in the business. We are all blessed with traits that will help us in our lives, and few are experts at everything. If the one missing for any of the artists I really enjoy is the ability to self-promote, that’s fine with me. Kris satisfies all of the criteria on my list.

  • http://twitter.com/dam744 Damien Roberts

    I believe Cook is without a record contract right now, which is hardly a problem…but it proves my point. They’re all working!

  • HopeForMusic

    I am so happy about the baby news, and Kris seems so relaxed and happy in that interview, proving that he is, indeed getting more comfortable in his interviews. It’s too bad about the “I don’t care”, but I don’t believe that he doesn’t care about anything important. I think it has more to do with the genre of his music, as I’ve heard him say in a number of interviews that he loves music, and hates to have to conform to any genre requirements.
    When discussing whether Kris is “working his butt off” sufficiently, people seem to forget that it does take time to write the very enjoyable music he produces. Hopefully, things will come together for that music to be heard by more people, but I think he’s approaching it in the right order. There is no point in becoming a celebrity if you have nothing that people want to hear once they know you exist.
    I am a fan of Kris, his voice, his music and what a great live performer he is turning out to be. That’s good enough for me.

  • Pippygirl

    “As a fan it’s a little annoying, and it’s one of the reasons why I’m not
    as big of a fan as I used to be, I’d bet that the same goes for others.”

    I think Kris may have lost quite a few casual fans just because he and his music isn’t very visible. However if you enjoy his music and his voice, I don’t see why you would purposefully stop being a fan. That is unless your attitude is you can’t be a fan of an artist because they are too damn stupid in the way they handle their career, lol.

  • Miz

    A lot of his songs would already fit that show and the characters. It would be dynamite if he’d write some songs for the show. Getting a guest appearance would be too much to ask for, but I’d be over the moon if it happened. I love that show.

  • Miz

    I think that was the girl on Clever TV. They look similar.

  • MissMyEm

    Congrats to Kris and Katy. It’s a wonderful thing. I also took his little “I don’t care” statement as he wants to please himself, not some big label who he was probably forced to please. I’ve said this many times, I have not seen Kris this happy in a long time. I’m sure they wanted him to go in a direction that perhaps he didn’t want to go in. Maybe Kris doesn’t want to be the next Justin Bieber or One Direction. Perhaps he doesn’t wish to emulate Lady Gaga, Kelly Clarkson, Adele or Katy Perry. Kris wants to be Kris. He has said that his original composition that he calls “Paul Simon” did not make the CD but since he plays it at every show…my guess is this was a conflict between him and the label.

    More power to Kris for having a mind of his own. I wouldn’t take his words too harshly. Sometimes words just don’t come out the way we want them to, especially when they are thrown at us.

    I have never seen an interview from Kris that was boring. Most interviewers will say how humble and nice he is. The fact that he is low key and doesn’t go all over the map just means that is his personality. If I stopped being a fan of someone just because their interviews were low key, I would not be a fan of Bruce Springsteen, John Mellencamp, Johnny Depp or Pierce Brosnan, to name a few. Personally I care about their artistry, not their interviews. And then there’s also the fact that perhaps, just perhaps, he was tired.

    Different strokes for different folks. Fun interview. Fun interviewer. Fun interviewee.

  • http://twitter.com/onerealfan Carole Stevens

    Great interview! Kris was so fun&really shared a lot in this interview! Every time I see an interview with Kris, I love him more! Kris is probably one of the most REAL artists in the music industry today!

  • girlygirltoo

    He wrote “Paul Simon” after album 2 came out. From what he’s said, it will be on album #3

  • nyc57

    I think there were so many factors that were beyond Kris’s control.The first problem was his lack of promotion during the season.In fact,the producers did everything to keep him from winningSimon knocked him on Ryan’s show the day after the win.They also did very little to protect him after those false rumors about the win.Idol didn’t even have Kris on to sing his single and promote his album.My own half sister ,who is a casual idol watcher,actually said that it was a shame Kris didn’t have a single or an album.I think 19 also did not treat Kris as the winner.This is all water under the bridge, but none of it was Kris’s fault.
    As far a s interviews,I have seen and heard hundreds of them and Kris was charming and funny in 99% of them.
    Also,having The Truth as the second single was a terrible decision and Kris had no choice but to go along with it.

    Kris isn’t perfect and it is too bad that there were mistakes on the poster,but i don’t fault Kris for assuming that it was done competently.Kris is an artist and his focus was on the music.
    I am sure Kris wants as much success as possible,but he is also very grateful to have a career in music.He talks a lot about how important it is to him to keep improving in all aspects of music and he obviously has.i don’t think anyone can doubt his knowledge and passion for music and for me that is what’s important.He really is a very energetic and charismatic live performer.and I love his voice and his music.That and the fact that i admire his character and find him charming and funny.I really don’t think he has a mean bone in his body.He is a good man and I’m sure he will be a wonderful father.

  • KelseyW

    Congrats Kris and Katy! :D I bet their son will be a real sweetheart.

    I hope people don’t expect him to be a clone of Kris. That’s cute in theory, but we’re all individuals. And hey…Who’s to say that because they’re having a son that he will look exactly like Kris? He could take after Katy for all we know. :P

  • KelseyW

    I hope the new site is put up soon too. I can’t wait to see it! Hope it’s something that is updated constantly and fits him. Oh, and is fun for us fans of course. :)

    I’m looking forward to seeing the new merch close up. On both the site and hopefully in person. Really want one of those zip up jackets.(I waited too long to order the now sold-out grey “Red Guitar” jacket from his online shop.)I hope there are new shirt designs in the future as well. We need a creative and colorful “Monster” and/or “Better With You” shirt, and a black or green “Out Alive Tour” shirt with the newer tour dates on it. Hopefully a western PA date will end up on a tour shirt. Still wish my 2010 red elephant tour shirt had the State College appearance on it. Especially since I bought it at the show. I love it anyway though. :P

  • nekola

    I get where you are coming from. This is the first time (and will be the last time) that I followed an artist this closely. I think as an invested fan tha

  • http://twitter.com/krisjonin Jonins

    nyc57, I totally agree with you on your observations specially regarding how Idol and his management treated him on his first year. I know I may stir up some hurt feelings from some fans but I feel that the reason why AI and Jive/19 didn’t treat Kris as a winner is because they already chose Adam as the winner. They’ve made their choice and went with it. Didn’t you notice how much promotion and publicity Adam get compared to Kris’s? Also, Adam immediately have a project after Idol. Remember the song from the movie, 2012? Adam was already chosen for that song so soon after Idol ended. So Adam has backers right after the show. Most likely he have those already since he’s been in the business more than Kris, but yet I can’t help but wonder – why does he have such great luck in getting promotion while Kris, the winner, seems to be an afterthought. I truly believe these Adam factor truly affected Kris. Since Adam is more “Hollywood” and more entertainment media’s pet, Kris will have a hard time getting more exposure. And in this business, exposure is a crucial key, no matter how talented you are. Unfortunately, Kris is one person who seems to be happy in setting his own pace. Also, I remember he once described himself as shy and doesn’t like the spotlight much. Maybe he will be just as happy or maybe more ecstatic even he’s just be a songwriter of one hit song of another singer. I really don’t know. But him being perceived as lazy due to his “I don’t care” reply is not right and fair, just because he didn’t meet one’s interpretation of success.

    I have so much in my mind and my wild imagination is running so I better stop or I maybe accused of biased, being crazy or what. So I’ll keep my trap shut. For now.

    And of course, congratulations to Kris and Katy. So happy and excited to see a mini-Kris soon.

  • girlygirltoo

    I’ve seen this announcement all over the media — People, OK Magazine, Access Hollywood, E!, AOL Radio, THR, etc. My twitter feed has been blowing up with all these links, lol