This is a very cool gesture from American Idol season 8 winner, Kris Allen. He’s donating a portion of the proceeds from his upcoming album, Horizons, to Music Empowers, to benefit music education in public schools!
Read the press release below. Also, Click to Listen to Horizons on Soundcloud.
Sales Of New Kris Allen Album, “Horizons” To Benefit Music Empowers Foundation
NEW YORK, Aug. 11, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — American Idol Winner and singer/songwriter Kris Allen and the Music Empowers Foundation announced today that a portion of the proceeds from each sale of his newest album, “Horizons” will be given to the Music Empowers Foundation. “Horizons” is scheduled to be released on Tuesday, August 12, 2014.
Music Empowers Foundation awards grants and funding to organizations across the country that provide music education programs to children in communities without adequate access to affordable music education. Since is founding in 2010 Music Empowers Foundation has awarded over $700,000 in grants, helping to provide music education to hundreds of thousands of children.
Kris Allen has long been an advocate for music education and a strong supporter of the Music Empowers Foundation. “Access to good music education had a tremendous positive impact on my life,” explained Mr. Allen. “It gave me a purpose in school and helped me find something that I was actually good at. I’m glad that I have this opportunity to once again support Music Empowers, and that my fans can join me in supporting music education for kids just by purchasing “Horizons”.
“Horizons” is Kris Allen’s third full-length album and was produced by Grammy nominated Charlie Peacock. Drawing inspiration from beloved artists like James Taylor and Paul Simon, “Horizons” is built on intensely intimate and inward looking songs that ultimately take on a universal dimension.
ABOUT KRIS ALLEN:
Kris Allen is an internationally successful singer-songwriter, philanthropist and American Idol winner. Kris’ past work includes his 2009 self-titled debut, which features his breakout and platinum-selling single “Live Like We’re Dying.”
On August 12, Kris will release first independent album Horizons. Produced by Grammy nominated Charlie Peacock (Switchfoot, The Civil Wars), Kris sharpened his song craft and brought a more boldly open-hearted spirit to his soulful brand of pop-rock including his first single “Prove It To You” featuring Nashville songstress Lenachka. Horizons brings a level of sophistication in Kris’ melody-minded songwriting while fully tapping into his natural grace as a singer and guitarist. In addition to being a platinum recording and touring artist, Kris Allen is also dedicated to using his position to raise awareness about a number of philanthropic causes including Music Empowers, World Vision and the Trevor Project.
ABOUT MUSIC EMPOWERS FOUNDATION:
The Music Empowers Foundation is a 501(c) (3) not-for-profit that provides financial support to nonprofits that offer music education programs to communities with limited or nonexistent programs. Since its inception in early 2010, it has awarded over $700,000 in grants to organizations such as DonorsChoose.org, Mr. Holland’s Opus Foundation, Little Kids Rock, Berklee City Music Network, and Artists Corps of America. For more information on Music Empowers please go to www.musicempowersfoundation.org, become a fan on Facebook or follow them on Twitter
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