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Kris Allen talks 10 years since winning ‘Idol,’ hints new music (Includes interview)

On his 10th anniversary since his American Idol win, he said, “It feels good. It feels weird that it has been that long. I’ve had a lot of fun putting this tour and this record together.”

“I had to do a lot of looking back. I feel very grateful for the past 10 years and the life and career that I’ve had,” he admitted.

Allen shared that this marked the first time that he has played The Cutting Room in Manhattan. “This venue seems really nice,” he said. “I am excited about this tour and I am excited about the next thing, which is new music.”

While he has not spoken to former Idol alum Adam Lambert in a while, Allen shared that he hopes that “Lambert is doing great.” “Adam seems like he is doing great. I do like his song ‘New Eyes’ a lot. Adam is amazing,” Allen said, and went on to sing a line or two of that Lambert tune.

Digital age of music

On being an artist in this digital age, Allen said, “Honestly, I feel pretty good about it. It’s nice to be able to do this independently. I am able to put out music on my own whenever I want, and that’s fun for me. I can track it as an independent artist immediately on Spotify.”

He feels that the Music Modernization Act (MMA) has been a “long time coming.” “We’ve made some strides in that, and thank God for people that were on the Congress floor making those moves,” he said. “There is more to go and more things to happen.”

Being a husband to Katy and a father to three kids, he shared that they have helped mold him into the actor that he is today. “I am still learning how to balance that. I’m not amazing at it yet,” he said.

He listed Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Linda Ronstadt as his dream female duet choice in the music business. “Linda [Ronstadt] is one of my favorite singers of all time,” Allen said.

Allen defined the word success as “being able to sit still and think about your life and smile.”

For his fans, Allen concluded, “It has been a long journey with the fans. 10 years is a long time. I feel insanely grateful that they exist and that I have fans, and that they continue to support me.”

10 by Kris Allen is available on Apple Music.

To learn more about Kris Allen, check out his official Facebook page.

Read More: Digital Journal reviewed Kris Allen’s latest studio offering, 10.

Written By

Markos Papadatos is Digital Journal's Editor-at-Large for Music News. Papadatos is a Greek-American journalist and educator that has authored over 16,000 original articles over the past 15 years. He has interviewed some of the biggest names in music, entertainment, lifestyle, magic, and sports. He is a five-time consecutive "Best of Long Island" winner, and in the past two years, he was honored as the "Best Long Island Personality" in Arts & Entertainment, an honor that has gone to Billy Joel six times.

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