Kris Allen Somethin' About Christmas Tour 12/22

Friday, December 22 2017 6:00PM Doors / 8:00PM Start

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Fri Dec 22 2017

Kris Allen Somethin' About Christmas Tour 12/22

at City Winery Atlanta

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6:00PM
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8:00PM

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On​ ​New​ ​Year’s​ ​Day​ ​in​ ​2013,​ ​Kris​ ​Allen​ ​and​ ​his​ ​then-pregnant​ ​wife​ ​Katy​ ​were​ ​in​ ​a​ ​head-on​ ​collision​ ​that​ ​left​ ​the singer/songwriter/guitarist​ ​with​ ​a​ ​career-threatening​ ​shattered​ ​wrist.​ ​In​ ​the​ ​two​ ​years​ ​that​ ​followed,​ ​he​ ​underwent​ ​three surgeries,​ ​re-learned​ ​how​ ​to​ ​play​ ​guitar​ ​(despite​ ​regaining​ ​just​ ​30​ ​percent​ ​movement​ ​in​ ​the​ ​damaged​ ​wrist),​ ​recorded​ ​his​ ​third album,​ ​and​ ​toured​ ​relentlessly—including​ ​a​ ​two-month-long​ ​stint​ ​that​ ​started​ ​just​ ​one​ ​week​ ​after​ ​his​ ​accident.​ ​The​ ​​American Idol​ ​​season​ ​8​ ​winner​ ​ultimately​ ​retreated​ ​from​ ​the​ ​whirlwind​ ​and​ ​immersed​ ​himself​ ​in​ ​a​ ​songwriting​ ​spell​ ​that​ ​yielded​ ​more than​ ​70​ ​new​ ​tracks.​ ​Culled​ ​from​ ​that​ ​collection​ ​of​ ​songs,​ ​Allen’s​ ​fourth​ ​full-length​ ​album​ ​​Letting​ ​You​ ​In​ ​​finds​ ​the​ ​Nashville-based artist​ ​delivering​ ​his​ ​most​ ​intimate​ ​and​ ​dynamic​ ​work​ ​to​ ​date.

The​ ​follow-up​ ​to​ ​2014’s​ ​​Horizons​,​ ​​Letting​ ​You​ ​In​ ​​builds​ ​off​ ​the​ ​soulful​ ​musicality​ ​Allen​ ​first​ ​showcased​ ​with​ ​his​ ​platinum-selling 2009​ ​single​ ​“Live​ ​Like​ ​We’re​ ​Dying.”​ ​But​ ​with​ ​its​ ​sophisticated​ ​songcraft​ ​and​ ​vulnerable​ ​lyrics,​ ​​Letting​ ​You​ ​In​ ​​reaches​ ​a​ ​new depth​ ​of​ ​feeling​ ​that​ ​infuses​ ​each​ ​track​ ​with​ ​undeniable​ ​emotional​ ​power.​ ​“Looking​ ​back,​ ​I​ ​think​ ​I​ ​tried​ ​to​ ​put​ ​off​ ​dealing​ ​with my​ ​feelings​ ​around​ ​the​ ​accident​ ​for​ ​as​ ​long​ ​as​ ​I​ ​could,”​ ​says​ ​Allen.​ ​“But​ ​in​ ​the​ ​past​ ​year​ ​I’ve​ ​realized​ ​how​ ​much​ ​it​ ​all​ ​affected me,​ ​and​ ​that​ ​definitely​ ​came​ ​out​ ​in​ ​the​ ​writing​ ​of​ ​this​ ​album.”

Allen​ ​recorded​ ​in​ ​Nashville​ ​with​ ​producers​ ​Konrad​ ​Snyder​ ​(Mat​ ​Kearney,​ ​Owl​ ​City,​ ​Milo​ ​Greene),​ ​Ian​ ​Fitchuk​ ​(James​ ​Bay,​ ​Drew Holcomb​ ​&​ ​the​ ​Neighbors,​ ​Griffin​ ​House),​ ​and​ ​Grammy​ ​Award-winner​ ​Brown​ ​Bannister​ ​(Amy​ ​Grant,​ ​Kenny​ ​Rogers,​ ​Steven Curtis​ ​Chapman)​ ​and​ ​made​ ​a​ ​point​ ​of​ ​exploring​ ​both​ ​the​ ​bright​ ​and​ ​dark​ ​elements​ ​of​ ​everyday​ ​life.​ ​“There’s​ ​almost​ ​two different​ ​sides​ ​to​ ​the​ ​record,”​ ​Allen​ ​notes.​ ​“On​ ​one​ ​hand​ ​you’ve​ ​got​ ​these​ ​happy​ ​love​ ​songs,​ ​because​ ​that’s​ ​my​ ​life—I’m​ ​a happily​ ​married​ ​guy,​ ​everything​ ​with​ ​my​ ​family’s​ ​really​ ​great.​ ​But​ ​internally​ ​I​ ​was​ ​going​ ​through​ ​some​ ​things​ ​and​ ​trying​ ​to​ ​figure out​ ​my​ ​life,​ ​and​ ​the​ ​rest​ ​of​ ​the​ ​album​ ​very​ ​much​ ​came​ ​from​ ​that.”

The​ ​latter​ ​category​ ​of​ ​songs​ ​includes​ ​“My​ ​Time​ ​Will​ ​Come,”​ ​whose​ ​lyrics​ ​reflect​ ​on​ ​Allen’s​ ​struggles​ ​with​ ​self-doubt​ ​(“Lately​ ​I’ve been​ ​making​ ​friends​ ​with​ ​the​ ​doubts​ ​in​ ​my​ ​head/Hanging​ ​on​ ​every​ ​word​ ​that​ ​they’ve​ ​said”).​ ​But​ ​with​ ​its​ ​lilting​ ​guitar​ ​melodies and​ ​soaring​ ​vocals,​ ​the​ ​song​ ​ultimately​ ​emerges​ ​as​ ​an​ ​anthem​ ​of​ ​gritty​ ​perseverance.​ ​On​ ​“If​ ​We​ ​Keep​ ​Doing​ ​Nothing,”​ ​Allen offers​ ​a​ ​poignant​ ​look​ ​outward.​ ​Written​ ​in​ ​the​ ​wake​ ​of​ ​the​ ​mass​ ​shooting​ ​at​ ​Oregon’s​ ​Umpqua​ ​Community​ ​College,​ ​the​ ​song’s throwback-soul​ ​arrangement​ ​of​ ​stark​ ​guitar​ ​tones​ ​and​ ​stirring​ ​organ​ ​lines​ ​provide​ ​a​ ​powerful​ ​backdrop​ ​for​ ​a​ ​determined meditation​ ​on​ ​gun​ ​violence.

While​ ​​Letting​ ​You​ ​In​ ​​takes​ ​on​ ​its​ ​share​ ​of​ ​weighty​ ​matters,​ ​the​ ​album​ ​radiates​ ​a​ ​hopeful​ ​spirit​ ​that’s​ ​got​ ​everything​ ​to​ ​do​ ​with Allen’s​ ​easy​ ​warmth​ ​and​ ​open-heartedness​ ​as​ ​a​ ​songwriter​ ​and​ ​vocalist.​ ​One​ ​of​ ​​Letting​ ​You​ ​In​’s​ ​most​ ​uplifting​ ​tracks,​ ​“Way​ ​Up High”​ ​blends​ ​cascading​ ​guitar​ ​lines,​ ​breezy​ ​melodies,​ ​and​ ​slice-of-life​ ​storytelling​ ​that​ ​came​ ​to​ ​Allen​ ​while​ ​flying​ ​back​ ​home after​ ​spending​ ​days​ ​away​ ​from​ ​his​ ​family.​ ​“Usually​ ​when​ ​I’m​ ​writing​ ​a​ ​song​ ​I​ ​start​ ​with​ ​the​ ​music,​ ​but​ ​with​ ​‘Way​ ​Up​ ​High’​ ​the lyrics​ ​all​ ​came​ ​to​ ​me​ ​in​ ​poem​ ​form,”​ ​he​ ​says.​ ​“I​ ​just​ ​tried​ ​to​ ​get​ ​down​ ​all​ ​these​ ​thoughts​ ​that​ ​were​ ​rolling​ ​through​ ​my​ ​head​ ​at the​ ​time,​ ​in​ ​a​ ​very​ ​stream-of-consciousness​ ​sort​ ​of​ ​way,​ ​and​ ​it​ ​all​ ​felt​ ​really​ ​natural.”​ ​And​ ​among​ ​the​ ​love​ ​songs​ ​that​ ​make​ ​up much​ ​of​ ​​Letting​ ​You​ ​In​ ​​is​ ​“Waves,”​ ​whose​ ​gospel-inspired​ ​harmonies​ ​and​ ​spirited​ ​piano​ ​work​ ​perfectly​ ​together​ ​in​ ​capturing​ ​the tenderness​ ​of​ ​Allen’s​ ​opposites-attract​ ​serenade​ ​to​ ​his​ ​wife.

Allen​ ​first​ ​picked​ ​up​ ​the​ ​guitar​ ​at​ ​age​ ​13,​ ​after​ ​spending​ ​much​ ​of​ ​his​ ​childhood​ ​singing​ ​in​ ​church​ ​in​ ​his​ ​hometown​ ​of Jacksonville,​ ​Arkansas.​ ​Writing​ ​his​ ​first​ ​song​ ​in​ ​his​ ​late​ ​teens,​ ​he​ ​self-released​ ​an​ ​album​ ​at​ ​age​ ​22​ ​and​ ​auditioned​ ​for​ ​the​ ​eighth season​ ​of​ ​​American​ ​Idol​ ​​the​ ​following​ ​year.​ ​Several​ ​months​ ​after​ ​his​ ​​Idol​ ​​victory​ ​Allen​ ​put​ ​out​ ​his​ ​self-titled​ ​major​ ​label​ ​debut, with​ ​lead​ ​single​ ​“Live​ ​Like​ ​We’re​ ​Dying”​ ​climbing​ ​to​ ​the​ ​top​ ​20​ ​on​ ​the​ ​​Billboard​ ​​Hot​ ​100.​ ​In​ ​addition​ ​to​ ​releasing​ ​his​ ​sophomore album​ ​​Thank​ ​You​ ​Camellia​ ​​in​ ​2012,​ ​he​ ​spent​ ​the​ ​next​ ​several​ ​years​ ​sharing​ ​stages​ ​with​ ​such​ ​artists​ ​as​ ​Maroon​ ​5​ ​and​ ​Keith Urban,​ ​as​ ​well​ ​as​ ​landing​ ​Billboard,​ ​Teen​ ​Choice​ ​and​ ​People’s​ ​Choice​ ​Awards​ ​nominations.

In​ ​the​ ​aftermath​ ​of​ ​his​ ​accident,​ ​Allen​ ​devoted​ ​himself​ ​to​ ​relearning​ ​guitar,​ ​adjusting​ ​his​ ​technique​ ​to​ ​adapt​ ​to​ ​the​ ​lack​ ​of movement​ ​in​ ​his​ ​wrist.​ ​“At​ ​first​ ​I​ ​thought​ ​I’d​ ​never​ ​be​ ​able​ ​to​ ​play​ ​again,”​ ​he​ ​recalls.​ ​“But​ ​once​ ​I​ ​got​ ​my​ ​cast​ ​off,​ ​I​ ​spent​ ​more time​ ​playing​ ​than​ ​I​ ​ever​ ​had​ ​in​ ​my​ ​life.​ ​Through​ ​all​ ​that​ ​I​ ​realized​ ​that​ ​I​ ​shouldn’t​ ​take​ ​my​ ​craft​ ​for​ ​granted,​ ​so​ ​I​ ​really​ ​focused on​ ​developing​ ​it​ ​and​ ​becoming​ ​even​ ​stronger​ ​as​ ​a​ ​guitar​ ​player​ ​than​ ​I​ ​ever​ ​was​ ​before.”

Along​ ​with​ ​rebuilding​ ​his​ ​guitar​ ​skills,​ ​Allen​ ​revamped​ ​his​ ​approach​ ​to​ ​songwriting​ ​and​ ​soon​ ​saw​ ​a​ ​resurgence​ ​in​ ​his​ ​creativity. “When​ ​I’ve​ ​made​ ​albums​ ​in​ ​the​ ​past,​ ​there’ve​ ​always​ ​been​ ​other​ ​artists​ ​and​ ​songwriters​ ​that​ ​I​ ​was​ ​using​ ​as​ ​reference​ ​points,” says​ ​Allen,​ ​who​ ​names​ ​Stevie​ ​Ray​ ​Vaughan​ ​and​ ​Stevie​ ​Wonder​ ​among​ ​his​ ​earliest​ ​inspirations.​ ​“But​ ​this​ ​time​ ​I​ ​shut​ ​myself​ ​off from​ ​all​ ​that,​ ​and​ ​just​ ​focused​ ​on​ ​making​ ​music​ ​that​ ​was​ ​completely​ ​true​ ​to​ ​me.”

That​ ​process​ ​proved​ ​both​ ​thrilling​ ​and​ ​daunting,​ ​but​ ​in​ ​the​ ​end​ ​instilled​ ​him​ ​with​ ​a​ ​new​ ​sense​ ​of​ ​purpose​ ​as​ ​an​ ​artist.​ ​“When​ ​I first​ ​started​ ​making​ ​music,​ ​it​ ​was​ ​very​ ​much​ ​coming​ ​from​ ​a​ ​place​ ​of​ ​‘Are​ ​people​ ​gonna​ ​like​ ​this?’”​ ​he​ ​recalls.​ ​“But​ ​as​ ​I​ ​was making​ ​this​ ​album,​ ​it​ ​really​ ​became​ ​more​ ​about​ ​being​ ​genuine​ ​and​ ​writing​ ​songs​ ​that​ ​feel​ ​good.​ ​My​ ​hope​ ​is​ ​that​ ​if​ ​those​ ​songs mean​ ​a​ ​lot​ ​to​ ​me,​ ​they’ll​ ​mean​ ​a​ ​lot​ ​to​ ​the​ ​people​ ​listening,​ ​and​ ​that​ ​they’ll​ ​get​ ​some​ ​of​ ​that​ ​hopeful​ ​feeling​ ​too.”

Not​ ​too​ ​long​ ​after​ ​the​ ​release​ ​of​ ​​Letting​ ​You​ ​In​,​ ​Allen​ ​delivered​ ​his​ ​first​ ​full-length​ ​Christmas​ ​album,​ ​​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ and​ ​Christmas​ ​classics.​ ​Some​ ​of​ ​the​ ​Christmas​ ​classics​ ​that​ ​may​ ​ring​ ​a​ ​bell​ ​include “Jingle​ ​Bells”​ ​(featuring​ ​former​ ​contestant​ ​of​ ​“The​ ​Voice”,​ ​Caroline​ ​Glaser)​ ​and​ ​“Winter​ ​Wonderland”​ ​(featuring​ ​Jillian Edwards),​ ​​ ​just​ ​to​ ​name​ ​a​ ​few.​ ​The​ ​originals​ ​on​ ​this​ ​album,​ ​such​ ​as​ ​“Somethin’​ ​About​ ​Christmas​ ​Morning”​ ​(featuring​ ​Gabe Dixon)​ ​and​ ​“Peace​ ​and​ ​Happiness”,​ ​provide​ ​a​ ​jazzy​ ​and​ ​joyful​ ​feel,​ ​which​ ​is​ ​what​ ​Allen​ ​was​ ​wanting​ ​to​ ​create.​ ​“ a​ ​Christmas​ ​tour.​ ​​ ​If​ ​he​ ​is​ ​coming​ ​to​ ​a​ ​city​ ​near​ ​you,​ ​be​ ​sure​ ​to​ ​get​ ​your​ ​tickets​ ​​here​.