Kristopher Neil “Kris” Allen (born June 21, 1985) is an American musician and singer-songwriter from Conway, Arkansas, and the winner of the eighth season of American Idol. Prior to Idol, he self-released a 2007 album entitled Brand New Shoes.
Allen was born in Jacksonville, Arkansas, to Kimberly (née Wood) and Neil Allen. He is the elder of two sons; his younger brother, Daniel, is a college cheerleading coach.
Allen married his high school sweetheart Katy O’Connell on September 26, 2008. The two began dating back in Allen’s junior year of high school.Their son, Oliver Neil Allen, was born on July 30, 2013.