Kris Allen is best known as the season eight American Idol champion and the smooth singer behind the 2009 hit Live Like We're Dying. Since his time on Idol, Allen has expanded his musical repertoire, drawing influence from his recent forays into the world of fatherhood. Horizons, his most recent album, explores this new adventure, as well as the fallout from a terrifying car accident that took place on New Year's in 2013. Both experiences have affected not only the subject matter of the new album, but also the experience of recording, with fatherhood proving surprisingly beneficial throughout the entirety of the process. As Allen explained in a recent interview, "You're not thinking about yourself anymore, you're thinking about someone else. It's kind of a good place to be in, you get out of your head a little bit." A new album is currently in the works for the American Idol alum, and, as with Horizons, it is bound to be influenced by his son. Also playing a role, however, will be the inherent inspiration of Nashville, where the musician decided to move in order to spend more time with his family. Allen absolutely adores Nashville thus far and can't wait to further explore the city and its inspiring music scene. "There's great artists and writers and people in the music industry here that we've loved to get to know so far, and we've only scratched the surface." The only real downside of living in Nashville is that Allen and his wife no longer have easy access to free babysitting. But that's a sacrifice the new parents are more than willing to make. Between touring, preparing for a new album, and, of course, being an amazing husband and dad, Kris Allen is one busy guy. He is very excited, however, to be heading up to Tipp City for the upcoming Miyelo Music Festival, which will feature his good friend Donnie Reis. The two have enjoyed touring together in the past, so, when asked to get involved with the Miyelo Music Festival, Allen jumped at the opportunity. Saying yes to this event became even easier after Allen learned that its proceeds are directed at multiple charities, including Pink Ribbon Girls. Allen has been heavily involved in philanthropy since winning American Idol, and he's always eager to take part in a project that is "going for the right cause." Besides the opportunity to raise money for charity and hang out with his pal Donnie Reis, Allen is looking forward to once again experiencing the laid-back music festival vibe. He loves that there is "a more relaxed atmosphere" at events such as the Miyelo Music Festival, acknowledging that, if he happened to be one of the attendees, he would definitely be "sitting around because there's going to be lots of music throughout the day."
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