Part 2 of Lyndsey Parker’s interview with Kris Allen is up!

“Let the Rain”, a song Kris co-wrote with Tobias Karlsson,   is about some of the frustrations he experienced during the album process.   “You have to compromise, artists and labels don’t always see eye to eye,” says Kris

Kris also talks about how he got “Red Guitar” on the album. He wrote it a year and a half ago after he bought his wife a red guitar (she never plays it!). He pitched a rough cut to management.   He pitched it to Fray producer Mike Flynn who, loved it. Kris is super-proud of the results.

Lyndsey and Kris discuss the 4 songs she didn’t get to listen to.

“Is it Over” (Kris co-wrote with a friend, Mike Elizondo produced, “Alright With Me” (Kris and Joe King from the Fray), “Lifetime” (Kris, Mike Elizondo and John Foreman from Switchfoot), “I Need to Know” (Kris, Toby Gad & Lindsey Robbins).

“I Need to Know” came out in 30 minutes, he was laying on his back with the mic turned up at 2 or 3 in the morning.

Plus, Kris comments on the new songs from Allison and Adam (he loves them, of course).

BONUS: Michael Slezak of EW posted the ENTIRE Kris Allen track list!   “Heartless” is a bonus track…

Check out the track list, with song credits HERE.

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  • rayni

    Kris is so warm, easy, laid-back and so darn good-looking. And yeah, still the hands. I loved hearing him talk about these songs – can’t wait to hear ‘Let It Rain’ now. He’s like the perfect love-child cross between the Davids’s – stocky, short, dark, cute, sexy, instrumentalist, sing the heck out of a song guy.

  • Mtlfan

    did Brooke sang “Hey Jude” on the show?
    I think Lyndsey was referring to “Let it be”..

  • SarahP

    what! a new kris thread i didnt know about….oh man, i’ll bring my comment over here from the headlines thread then…

  • SarahP

    did Brooke sang ‘Hey Jude’  on the show?
    I think Lyndsey was referring to ‘Let it be’ 

    yeah its Let It Be cos brooke didnt do Hey Jude on the show and Let It Be was her signature song…

  • SarahP

    did anyone notice that kris said he f..loved allison? i swear he swallow the eff word when he said that….

  • KenzTK

    “I can’t say no to high school girls” LOL His face when he realized what he said was priceless.

  • hoosiermama

    Loved the part where they were discussing the Britney cover and seeing him laugh when he realized that he said he couldn’t say no to high school girls! (“don’t take that out of context!!”). Kris makes me smile!

  • lifeisgood

    Love that interview :)

  • CathyMK

    The look on Kris’ face when he realized that he’d said, “I can’t say no to high school girls,” was hilarious!

    I love hearing his stories about how each song was written. I was trying to stay un-invested this year, but his album sounds like it’ll be right up my alley, so I’m getting really excited now!

  • sterling

    Kris also talks about how he got ‘Red Guitar’  on the album. He wrote it a year and a half ago after he bought his wife a red guitar (she never plays it!).

    ;-)

  • jammasta

    BONUS: Michael Slezak of EW posted the ENTIRE Kris Allen track list! ‘Heartless’  is a bonus track’ ¦

    OH MY GAWD I KNOW HOW ONTD_AI FEELS RIGHT NOW AND I FEEL LIKE A VIRGIN TOUCHED FOR THE VERY FIRST TIME OH MY GAWD

    Hope it’s like his tour version. I’m pretty excited about this and I like how Kris co-wrote a ton of the songs. It’s gonna be great!

    Looks like those rumors you started were right MJ. I’m glad I told someone that and thought it was true, and it’s gonna be a bonus track :D.

    Interesting (yet not surprising) lack of NoBo.

  • madnessinmotion

    I laughed so hard at the expression on Kris’ face when he realized he had just said “can’t say no to high school girls.” I watched that segement over and over just because it is so cute. His expression just screams, “OMG, did I really just say that?!?!?” I’m so glad Lindsay took the worry out of it for him by letting him joke about it.

    Kris can easily get away with no backlash at all for that even if it is taken out of context just because he has gone out of his way to talk about Katy go much, has his wedding ring featured prominently on his album cover and…. in the interview he had just got done saying that he hadn’t noticed the girls were in Britney outfits (because of it being a Catholic school.)

    I really do like Kris. I can’t wait to buy his album just because Kris is so open and very often says whatever is on his mind so I believe he really does feel like this album represents who he is as an artist.

  • Seeker

    This guy!!! with his face… his DRY SUBTLE sense of humour!! JUST Effing love him!!!

    Just such A great Interview — I’ve never liked Lyndsey.. never — Esp all the crap she had written bout KRIS in the past… with this Interview she’s redeemed herself — for the first I genuinely felt she was there with him, enjoying the interview process, rather than ‘doing her job’.

    Loved the bits about the song writing process. He & CALE wrote a song together!! And I’m sooo glad he has like 3 songs with Mike Elizondo.

    God, He must have LOVED the Paul McCartney comparison. He such a Beatles Fanboy!

    ‘Can’t say no to High School Girl’ * makes a not* ‘Never say that again” – LOL OMG Kris!! Becareful coz he’d offhandedly mentioned at some meet& greet that He liked BATMAN (and forgot about it) and his fans kept gifting him Batman stuff…. what might this line of his entail..?

    Can’t wait to buy his album. So proud of him!!! He was SOOOO excited about the BAND!

  • Mtlfan

    Interesting (yet not surprising) lack of NoBo.

    Ah Jammasta, this is a win that NoBo is not on the track list. It didn’t fit his tour set and neither did it fit his album. Woopi!!

    NoBo is a standalone..

  • ilovekrisallen39

    Yeah I just love Lyndsey for this . It was such a great couple of days of Kris news. The 17th can’t get here fast enought. I want all these songs in my life right now. I wish I could go to the z100 bash well be moved to New York by then but it’s like over 4 hrs away from us. And know way well my husband take me that far. I wish I could talk him into it as a Christmas gift. But maybe Kris well be closer at his tour.

  • Mtlfan

    i missed that on the first listen. Priceless when he realized that he said he couldn’t say no to high school girls! lol

    very curious to listen to the Jon Foreman co-write.

    Kris is a gentle soul; doens’t say nothing when Lyndsay said that Brooke White sang ‘Hey Jude’ on the show and that it became a signature song for her. He just stick to what she really meant. I knew Lyndsay would become obsessed with Kris.. j/k

  • julieitis

    I laughed so hard at the expression on Kris’ face when he realized he had just said ‘can’t say no to high school girls.’  I watched that segement over and over just because it is so cute. His expression just screams, ‘OMG, did I really just say that?!?!?’  I’m so glad Lindsay took the worry out of it for him by letting him joke about it.

    I know, right? Priceless ;)

    I’m kind of excited to get a “proper” version of Heartless instead of calypso heartless.

    This flow of information is kind of making me antsy instead of relieving the curiosity.

  • ai_fan

    Julieitis, I gotta agree. I’m usually very patient, but all this information is making me wish the days away until Nov 17.

  • cookcricket

    Once again, loved hearing Kris talking about the process of writing!

  • http://MJO judes

    Well done to Lyndsay for a great long interview with Kris!!
    I love being a fan of Kris as the focus is on his music & it was so good to hear his thoughts on the songs & the process that went with the recording!!

  • tripp_ncwy

    I wish they would do something special to introduce the band to the world. How did Cook and Daughtry handle their band introductions?

  • ilovekrisallen39

    I was on twitter and this one twitter from AI was saying they just got conformation that Kris well be performing 4 of his new songs at the game on Sunday.

  • snlw

    ilovekrisallen39
    “October 23, 2009 at 11:24 pm
    I was on twitter and this one twitter from AI was saying they just got conformation that Kris well be performing 4 of his new songs at the game on Sunday.”

    That’s so awesome but wish I can be there. Now I can only pray for videos! So people please don’t let us down… please…

  • happycat14

    Can anyone tell me what Kris meant when he said about “Time for Miracles” that “Adam knows how I feel about that song”? It sounded to me like he disliked the song, but, as he said, thought Adam’s vocals were great on it. Or maybe Kris didn’t feel like being quoted about what he thought about TFM, but he freely gushed all about Allison’s single. I’m curious, not trying to fan flames. I don’t need the other idols brought up in any of the idols’ interviews, or need them to comment on each other per se. It’s just that Kris seems bluntly honest, so why would he be so candid about the backstory to “Let it Rain” and be so circumspect about Adam’s TFM?

  • Michelle

    happycat14 you are probably just overthinking it. None of us can get into Kris’ head and know what he really really thinks of TFM but if he made a positive comment about it I would just take him at his word…Kris isn’t very good at lying ;)

    That’s a little surprising how they are debuting new songs from Kris’ album, but hey I’ll take it :D I hope people at the concert bring back vids!

  • Jae

    I took his comment abiut TFM simply to meen its old news to him. He said he heard it a long time ago where as All’s song was new. As an Adam fan, I didn’t take his comments regarding TFM for anything other than face value.

  • babybelle32

    so why would he be so candid about the backstory to ‘Let it Rain’  and be so circumspect about Adam’s TFM?

    I don’t even understand what you mean by that statement. And it’s not even like the part you quoted is all that Kris had to say about TFM. He said it was a good song. And in regards to gushing about Allison, who Kris has repeatedly said is his favorite singer from this past season, so of course he’s going to gush, are we actually going to keep a counter to make sure he says the same amount of nice things about Adam as he says about Allison? That may just be a little petty.

  • julieitis

    He said Adam sounded awesome on it, so I don’t see a problem.

  • happycat14

    babybelle32, Kris didn’t say TFM is a good song, he said, I’m pretty sure, “Adam already knows how I feel about that song.” So it sounded to me like how he felt was a private thing between him and Adam that he didn’t want to share. Like his tweet about the song specifically reiterated that Adam sounded great on it.

    julieitis, I don’t think there’s a problem, Kris can say whatever he wants. I wonder if he’s being polite like the way he treated NoBo. Because I don’t think TFM is that great, lovely vocals notwithstanding.

    Anyway, kudos to Kris for writing/co-writing so many tracks. I honestly expected LLWD to get to top 10 and who knows, maybe it will. It’s a really catchy song, I’ve heard it on Z100 a couple times.

  • babybelle32

    happycat14′s statement reminds me that for the past few weeks some people have been spamming Kris’ on twitter demanding that he tweet something about TFM, or tell Adam that it’s great. Maybe Kris’ statement was in response to those people. He’s already told Adam to his face how he feels about the song, so why does he need to do it again on twitter, where anything that he says will just be dissected by those who could care less about his opinion, but just like to bully people via the internet.

  • happycat14

    Aha. That makes sense. It really felt like Kris was addressing something by saying that, and if people were bullying him on twitter about TFM, that’s sadz. I’m not sure why there needs to be such idol to idol parity, honestly, and I would have been fine if Kris never tweeted or said a word about Adam (or vice versa), unless he was asked. I hope Lyndsey doesn’t bring up “Kradison” in her interviews with each of them, in turn.

  • Truthiness

    I really liked this whole interview. It was great hearing Kris talking about so many of the individual songs, the background in making them and sometimes his intent with them. I also liked the conversation with Lyndsey on the different kind of sounds of the song with Kris. Kind of gives one an idea of what they might sound like, which is great. Plus some fun moments put in, like the stuff about the “can’t say no to teenage girls,” and the earlier bit with the Hello Kitty note pad. And I can’t lie, I’m like Lyndsey, I enjoy the Kradison stuff and how they’re remaining friendly and supporting each other.

    So yeah, this interview was pretty much made out of win. Score one for Lyndsey, and cool for Kris to creating this album and having as much input as he seems to. I hope it’s a good album and does well for him. At the least this interiew really increased my desire to hear this album.

  • druzilla

    Great interview. He seems relaxed and generally happy with the album plus how much of his stuff made the cut.

    Good grief. Another Kris topic that ends up full of runner-up’s fan snipping because Kris was asked about “*d*m” and wasn’t gushing during an interview about his own debut album!

    Actually I think it was a bit rude of Lyndsey for asking about Adam & Allison in this context. You get an exclusive first listen and interview with the winner to talk about each track of the just completed album and bring up other former contestants? No class. This was Kris’ moment and should’ve been all his.

  • BCU79

    I had a big smile on my face the whole time I was watching this interview. Kris was adorable and it was great to see how happy he was about his album and putting together a band.

    It must have been a huge thrill for Kris that someone like Mike Flynn, who had produced some big hits, loved one of his original songs and wanted to produce it for the album.

    I do wish Lyndsey had asked him about what prompted the change from having one producer to multiple producers. But she might not have been aware of that old interview with Brian Mansfield.

  • Seeker

    “I do wish Lyndsey had asked him about what prompted the change from having one producer to multiple producers. But she might not have been aware of that old interview with Brian Mansfield.”

    I know it would have been great for Kris to have just one producer but from all the interviews I’ve read, I think, Andrew Frampton and Steve Kipner were the one of the first producers thrown his way. And I’m NGL! I’m SOOO relieved these guys did not produce the entire album — Two songs are ENOUGH! – Kris didn’t even get to collaborate on either.

    I adore LLWD, so catchy! but I just can’t wait for Kris to get as far away as he can from the SCRIPT (no offence to Script fans, I’m sure they’re great)

    And I just feel there are gonna be other songs on his album that are thousand times better than LLWD.