Wed Jun 1 2016 – 7:00 pm • CSPS Hall
Winner of “American Idol’s” eighth season, Kris Allen has released his third full-length album Horizons, bringing a more boldly openhearted spirit to his soulful brand of pop- rock than ever before. With his past work including a 2009 self-titled debut featuring the platinum-selling single “Live Like We’re Dying,” Allen’s first independently released album finds him reaching a new level of sophistication in his melody-minded songwriting while fully tapping into his natural grace as a singer and guitarist.
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, thanks entirely to Allen’s warmth and ingenuity.
After opening with the bright guitar and breezy rhythms of “Young Love,” the album encompasses everything from the beautifully moody piano ballad “Lost” to the handclap-driven and harmony-soaked pop escapism of “Everybody Just Wants to Dance.”
Born in Jacksonville, Arkansas, Allen grew up singing in church. Soon becoming obsessed with musicians ranging from Stevie Ray Vaughan to Stevie Wonder to Garth Brooks, Allen wrote his first song at 18 and self-released an album when he was 22. In summer 2008, he auditioned for the eighth season of “American Idol” and—after dazzling audiences with such performances as his keyboard-accompanied rendition of Bill Withers’s “Ain’t No Sunshine”—emerged as the season winner.
Boston native Sean McConnell performs a style of music he describes as “Lyric Driven Roots Rock with Soul.” Sean ranges from reckless rock to intimate acoustic pin drop moments. These days, Sean tours a lot in Texas where he has been adopted into the “Red Dirt” scene. He is a former winner of the “Emerging Artist” award from Lone Star Music Awards.