RIDGEFIELD, Conn. - "American Idol" Season 8 winner Kris Allen will be rocking the stage Thursday, Jan. 10 at the Ridgefield Playhouse to promote his latest album, “Thank You Camillia.”
The singer/songwriter, best known for his hit single, “Live Like We’re Dying,” said his follow-up album offers pop tunes that tell real stories with meaning and shows he has matured as a singer/songwriter.
Allen, who said the album’s theme is about being thrown into the world but still feeling out of place, is confident his fans will enjoy his new sound, which he said includes more instruments and working with new producers to create music that people can relate to.
“The biggest thing is that it is more mature musically, and I am coming into my own,” he said.
Allen said the concert, his second in the state since winning "Idol," will have the same energy as his previous tour, but also be intimate - with audience involvement and fun.
“My performance is more personal, and I think people will be pleasantly surprised,” he said.
What Allen likes best about returning to the state is reuniting with his “amazing” fans and seeing familiar faces at the show, he said.
“I have really caring, smart fans, and that is the greatest thing for me,” he said.
Allen said that after the current tour, which ends in late February, he will be going back into the studio to record some new material, which he already includes in his performance.
After winning "American Idol" in 2009, Allen said, his life has taken a 180-degree turn, adding that he always wanted to make music for a living, perform, and travel.
“It has been a great ride so far, and I absolutely love it,” he said.
The concert at Ridgefield Playhouse starts at 8 p.m. and is sponsored by the Southwest Café, Star 99.9 and Doyle Coffin Architecture.
Tickets for the show are $37.50 and are available through www.ridgefieldplayhouse.com or by calling 203-438-5795.