Kris Allen Covers Al Green’s “Let’s Stay Together” (VIDEO)

Kris Allen, perhaps taking a cue from fellow American Idol alum Jennifer Hudson, covered Al Green’s “Let’s Stay Together” at the State Theater in St. Petersburg, FL last night.

Check it out.

  • hoosiermama2

    Another winner! Kris’ falsetto just keeps getting stronger–gorgeous. I’m so happy that he’s doing this nightly cover song–it’s like a little present for us fans the next day watching the video!

  • girlygirltoo

    Al Green is one of my favorite performers of all time. Nothing compares to his original version of this song in my opinion, but this is a very nice cover by Kris. Good job. :)

  • nyc57

    Love soulful Kris! The falsetto was so good it even surprised me.Amazing how Kris and his band can take a request in the afternoon and do such a fantastic job.

  • nncw

    I saw Al Green about 5 years ago at the Jazz Festival in Montreal and he was absolutely amazing. I love this song. Kris just needs a bit more soul! But good job Kris. 

  • lovetheusa1776

    Lovin’ this performance – just so pretty.  

  • http://twitter.com/dy7764 dy

    The near-daily Kris request has become one of the highlights of the day for me, and he did a nice job on this classic. 

  • siennalily

    I agree that these song requests are so much fun! Kris has really come so far as a performer. I would love to be able to see him live again. It’s been too long.

  • parsenip

    Love soulful Kris!

    Me too.  I’m hoping this is one of the elements of the “different vibe” Kris will be incorporating into his next CD.  Not that I don’t love a catchy Kris Allen tune, but this an area worth exploring IMO.

  • http://twitter.com/ladymctech ladymctech

    Kris has nice stage presence.

  • Eileen99

    The near-daily Kris request has become one of the highlights of the day for me, and he did a nice job on this classic.

    Me, too! And, I love that he’s showing off his versatility & doing so many different genres.  You can tell he’s a real music lover.

  • waitingforthe1

    The near-daily Kris request has become one of the highlights of the day for me, and he did a nice job on this classic.

    I know when Kelly did it during her Stronger tour it was pretty amazing too. 

    Any idea how big that venue is?  It looked tiny. 

  • standtotheright

    That was a nice falsetto from him. These are fun.

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

    smooth ;)

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

    does anyone know what the set list is for the tour?

    I’m interested to know what songs from both his albums he’s playing.

  • Miz

    I doubt Kris took a clue from Jennifer Hudson since it was a fan request and Kris spent Inauguration Day at Disney World. The fan may have, but this isn’t the first time a fan has requested it either.

    I’m also a fan Al Green singing this song and I’m glad that Kris didn’t veer from the original. Very lovely and soulful performance.
    I mentioned this in the news thread, but will repeat here. I’m really happy to see that Kris has started moving the fingers of his right hand. That was worrying me.

  • breakdown

    Nice. Looks like he’s having fun too.

  • tierbee

    You know, I liked that. I didn’t come listen expecting to like it better than the original (that would be awfully hard to pull off) but it was a cool, smooth version that I liked more than I expected :) He sounded great vocally, I thought. 

    Al Green is my 2nd favorite artist ever, only behind Mr. Otis Redding, and this might just be my favorite song of all time (I go back and forth between this one and Otis’ “I’ve Been Loving You Too Long”). I liked that he took this on, good stuff. 

  • siennalily

    I also noticed that he is starting to move the fingers in his right hand. He seems to be healing up in record time. I’ve enjoyed him going without the guitar during this tour but I really didn’t appreciate how much his playing adds to their sound until now. I hope that he’ll be back to playing soon. My husband plays bass and guitar and I’d probably have to move out if he was unable to play for any period of time.

  • Miz

    This is the set list from last night. He sometimes varies from this, but most songs (except request) are done each night.
    Out Alive
    Better With You
    Alright With Me
    Loves Me Not
    Faith Medley
    Red Guitar
    Request: Let’s Stay Together
    Paul Simon
    Leave You Alone
    Monster
    Rooftops
    Live Like We’re Dying
    The River
    Seven Nation Army
    Shut That Door

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Li-Wright/100001622678180 Li Wright

    Does he have a band?

  • rayni

    He doesn’t do The Vision of Love? I love that song!

    The night he sant Ain’t No Sunshine was the night I sat straight up and thought “Wow – he’s the idol for me!”  He completely bought and sold me with ANS – so I love soulful Kris.  Heck, I love all versions of Kris but it was soulful Kris that first won my heart.

    And I’m also a huge Al Green fan – he’s only #2 behind the Beatles for me

  • tripp_ncwy

    He’s not touring by himself ;)

  • nyc57

    I completely agree with you.Kris’s voice makes me melt in this song.It’s a great fit and I hope we get this sound in his next CD.For me,Kris has always been a White Guy With Soul.

  • Ratna12

    Love it, but you guys make me paranoid, because now I have to watch his right hand.

  • mtlfan2

    I like it! I’m always impressed to see him pull out covers like this on the same day it’s requested

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/Y2H6IQWNMTSNTCTWDP7TDFEKPY Linda

    Love, love, love this! I look forward to these videos every day when I get home. It’s only been a little over a week since I saw Kris live and I want to see him again already. He has such stage presence. It makes me think back to when Simon first saw Kris and doubted his personality. He should see him now! He just oozes joy and dare I say it, sexiness. This coming from someone older than his mom:)

  • http://MJO judes

    Kris seems quite capable to do a range of songs .This one is great. Its good that he is choosing well known songs so the fans can sing along too. I went to the Kelly Clarkson concert here & she sang  a song that she liked [chosen by a fan] but few knew it at the concert- it lacked the same spunk of her other songs . Kris seems to make it seem like he’s been singing these songs forever[ well maybe he has in the shower-Lol]

  • parsenip

    He completely bought and sold me with ANS – so I love soulful Kris.

    Yep.  I had stopped watching Idol at that point but saw the performance video and have been hooked ever since.  It’s no easy feat to rework a song so completely and successfully but still maintain it’s essence.  He’s got a knack for it. 

  • girlygirltoo

     I think he’s only done 3 songs from KATA — LLWD (which is the final song of the set every show, leading into the encore) AWM and Red Guitar. From his current album, the ones he tends to do the most are Out Alive, Monster, Leave You Alone, Better With You and Loves Me Not (which he does as a duet with his opening act, Jillette Johnson). And he does his newest untitled song (aka “Paul Simon”), which will likely be on album #3, most every show.

    He’s been switching the set list around a bit, but those are the songs he’s probably played the most. I assume he will change the set list up more as the tour gets farther along.

  • girlygirltoo

    yes. Right now his band consists of guitarist/keyboard playerCale Mills and bassist/percussion player Chris Torres, both of whom are part of KAB (the band which accompanied him on his previous tours). Because Kris can’t play an instrument with his broken wrist, they have added Andrew St. Marie, who plays (mainly) keyboards.

    His original post-Idol band consisted of Cale, Torres, lead guitarist Andrew DeRoberts and drummer Ryland Steen. But Ryland is the drummer for Reel Big Fish (a ska/punk band that’s been around for years and is constantly on tour) and Andrew is also in another band, so they may not have been available for this tour. Or Kris may have preferred to do more of an acoustic tour this time around.

  • almondean88

    I’m glad I’m not the only one all happy that Kris is wiggling some of the fingers of his right hand. Although I miss Kris’s guitar I’m so happy he has found this wonderful, free performance style.  These fan requests are the highlight of my day too.  Thanks so much MJ for posting!

  • durbesque

    I must say, I prefer Kris as frontman, compared to his usual role of leadsinger/guitarist.  He’s getting so good at it.  The thing is, the small low-priced venues may not yield enough money to cover the development period.  It might pay off eventually, but the process could be difficult.  

  • elliegrll

    I must say, I prefer Kris as frontman, compared to his usual role of leadsinger/guitarist.  He’s getting so good at it.  The thing is, the small low-priced venues may not yield enough money to cover the development period.  It might pay off eventually, but the process could be difficult.  

    Who knows what will happen.  Mumford and Sons broke through in just two short years, and built up their fanbase and reputation by playing clubs and bars. I’m not saying that Kris’ career will follow the same path as their’s but it is possible to find fans and gain attention from important people by making original music, and playing small clubs.In Kris’ case, I do think that he needs to do a few things, book some college shows, play more venues like Eddie’s Attic, meaning places where people would normally go to hear new music and artists, and start arranging his covers in a style that matches the music that he wants to release.  Also, showcase more original songs.   This is the only way that his plan of making new fans by performing live is going to work.  Right now, I’m not sure if he’s showing a fully developed style or if he’s reaching a lot of people beyond those who watched him on AI.

  • MissMyEm

    The thing is, the small low-priced venues may not yield enough money to cover the development period.  It might pay off eventually, but the process could be difficult.

     A long time ago, in a small club in Liverpool called The Cavern, a group known as The Quarrymen played.  They built up a fan base slowly but surely.   That group eventually became known as The Beatles.

    Now…please don’t get me wrong and misunderstand what I mean because I am certainly not saying that Kris will be The Beatles, I’m just saying that groups start out in small venues to build fans and often it works.  Since Kris got zilch promotion from 19, his new management has to get him out there and build again.  I think they’re pretty smart (they also manage Daughtry) and they know exactly what needs to be done.   I actually prefer the small venue because it’s more intimate so for me, this works.  I’m also bringing new people who may not have heard of Kris or just know he was on Idol, into these venues because they are small.  I would not be able to bring them in if it was a mid sized venue.   Many a group who sold many records, such as The Lovin’ Spoonful, The Mamas and the Papas…etc…all started out in small clubs.   I think Jefferson Airplane did as well.

    I really enjoyed Kris’ version of “Let’s Stay Together”.   Ironically I thought it would bother me to see Kris without his guitar, but I kind of really like it now because he can wiggle those hips a bit more than if there’s a guitar in front of him.

  • siennalily

    ” Right now, I’m not sure if he’s showing a fully developed style or if he’s reaching a lot of people beyond those who watched him on AI.”

  • nekola

    The night he sang Ain’t No Sunshine was the night I sat straight up and thought “Wow – he’s the idol for me!”  He completely bought and sold me with ANS – so I love soulful Kris.

    Same for me. I just happened to have AI on the TV and was blown away by Kris’s performance and soulful voice. I was hooked from that point on. I love this “Let’s Stay Together” cover. Very hard to duplicate Al Green, but this is very good. Hmm, I have a couple of song ideas to tweet Kris.

    I’m hoping this is one of the elements of the “different vibe” Kris will be incorporating into his next CD.

    I’m curious as to how his next album will sound. If he decides to go a more soulful and funky route instead of a strictly “Pop” sound, I’ll be a happy camper.

    I must say, I prefer Kris as frontman, compared to his usual role of leadsinger/guitarist.  He’s getting so good at it.

    I’ve always thought that Kris was good as a frontman and he has gotten better in that role. My issue with Kris being in the lead singer/guitarist role is that sometimes I felt that the focus was not on him enough. I think that Kris has improved on emphasizing his vocals in his performances. Also, Kris has focused more on his musicality with the extended version of Monster (behind the keyboards) and the guitar playing in the Paul Simon song. My hope is when Kris fully recovers from his broken wrist that he will at least split the songs that he performs as a frontman vs lead singer/guitarist.

  • durbesque

    ” Right now, I’m not sure if he’s showing a fully developed style or if he’s reaching a lot of people beyond those who watched him on AI.”
    —————————————————————————–

    I’m trying to figure out a path that would differentiate him, make him unique, so that people would know what they’re going to get at his concert.  

    It has always been a little bit of this, a little bit of that, amusing banter, stuck behind a guitar.  This would be enough if he were a writer of hits, but he isn’t.  His present disability has brought out his latent frontman talents.  It got me thinking about how he could develop his act to a higher power.  

  • elliegrll

    Kris has shown that he can put his own style on a song.  His first performance of Man in the Mirror, the first one of Heartless, Faith, Titanium, and the little bit that he has done of Rihanna’s We Found Love, ANS, and some of his original songs.  

    But, then there have also been the times where he’s shown that he has a great voice, but he didn’t do a lot to make the songs his own, that would be most subsequent performances of Heartless and Man in the Mirror, the other songs in the girl pop medley, and too many of his covers post AI.  Showing that he just has a good voice, but not putting his stamp on songs, is not going to attract new fans or build a brand.

  • MissMyEm

    I took notice of Kris immediately.  I stood up and decided I wanted this guy to win when he sang To Make You Feel My Love.   THAT to me was beautiful.  

    Ain’t No Sunshine showed that was yet another genre of music that he could tackle. This, I feel, is one of the reasons why he does so well with all the different requests. I’m going to request a song by John Mellencamp for the L.A. show.

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

    My list of favorite Kris’ covers just keeps getting longer and longer.  Another good job by Kris and the guys.  I also look forward to seeing what cover Kris will come up with next  – it makes my day.  :)  

  • Pippygirl

    From what Kris has said recently it seems he doesn’t want to be locked into any genre. If that is the case then he is going to have to figure out a way to put a very personal stamp on his music. That’s a tall order but I think he is capable of doing that. We will know more when he releases his new album which will be totally under his own control.
    Meanwhile Kris has honed his performance skills and is now an engaging, charming performer with or without a guitar. People who think he has no charisma need to take another look I think.

  • http://twitter.com/krisjonin Jonins

    “The night he sang Ain’t No Sunshine was the night I sat straight up and
    thought “Wow – he’s the idol for me!”  He completely bought and sold me
    with ANS – so I love soulful Kris.  Heck, I love all versions of Kris
    but it was soulful Kris that first won my heart.”

    Me too. I didn’t notice Kris when his season started. I remembered I like Gokey initially and found Adam talented but certainly not my type. Then, when Kris sang “She Worked Hard for the Money” in reggae? I finally took notice of him coz making a disco song into reggae one, for me is admirable. Then, when he sang ANS, I was swooning. So when it came to Kris vs Adam, Kris was definitely my Idol, no doubt about it. No matter how much Simon and the other judges or the press or other people raved about Adam (or even Gokey), Kris is still and will always be my Idol.

  • http://twitter.com/KariannHart Kariann Hart

    I definitely liked Kris but thought Adam was going to win.  Kris’ humble response to winning impressed me.  I am glad he’s doing what he loves.  This is a pretty song!

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

    thanks for info Miz and Girlygirltoo, much appreciated :)

  • Miz

    Someone on twitter said they were putting together a youtube channel of all the Out Alive Tour requests. I didn’t make note of their name at the time. Does anyone know who it was or have a link?

    As an aside, I read a blog review of one of the shows. I had to wonder if the person was really there, or if they were, were they paying attention. They claimed he only sang 2 of his own songs (both from his first album) and the rest were covers of others’ hit songs. As you can see from the set list, he sings 11 of his own songs.

    So I guess it’s an unintentional compliment that he thought all those other songs that Kris wrote and sings are ‘hits’.

  • MissMyEm

    I just listened to this again…this time with earphones on.   What a world of difference.  If I liked it before without earphones on…I love it with them on.  You can hear more soul.  Wonderful and better sounding falsetto, which Kris is honing in on so terrifically.  

    Gotta hand it to Kris.  He and they guys seriously do a good job on all these requests in so short of time.   In my opinion…a true artist.   

  • isb77

    kynurse45 is doing the YT playlist, Kris Allen Requested Covers Out Alive Tour 2013: http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLkSBJUoKeil10r2PFys6D-2pl8fH5yKRw
    JUoKeil10r2PFys6D-2pl8fH5yKRw

  • elliegrll

    More than likely the blog was written by someone who is too invested in AI, and who didn’t attend the concert.  But, the basic sentiment reminds me of something that a journalist, who actually writes for a real publication, wrote about Kris set a few years back.  He wasn’t familiar with Kris’ original songs either, except for LLWD, and couldn’t see to figure out which songs were his either.  I don’t think that it was a compliment, more like a combination of the originals not receiving a lot of exposure, Kris failing to say that they were his, and talk them up, and the songs not reflecting a distinctive style that people could associate with Kris.

  • durbesque

    “Kris has shown that he can put his own style on a song.” etc………….
    ……………………………………..

    Funny, it took an accident to show me Kris’ potential and the direction I think he should go.

    For me, the only song of his that is as well constructed as any cover is “Leave You Alone”.  That’s not enough to base a career on.  So he needs to develop something in addition.  I’m thinking it might be Frontman/Entertainer.  He could still do his regular solo spot with guitar for variety and change of pace.  

    Here’s the issue…. Kris may not realize it, but he thinks of himself as a guitarist who sings….and that’s what his act looks like.  That’s fine for a guitarist like Casey James, or a writer like Daughtry, but not for Kris.  In the process of developing his new persona, his singing would sharpen, his diction would clear up, his story-telling would focus.  Good things would happen….if he has the ambition, and if small venues can support the process.