Kris Allen Comes Back From Accident With New Album and Tour
Allen will be kicking off the North American headline tour on March 31st at the Workplay Theatre in Birmingham, AL. We were sent the following details about the new album and the path Allen had to travel to make it a reality:
The new album was recorded in Nashville with producers Konrad Snyder (Mat Kearney, Owl City), Ian Fitchuk (James Bay) and Grammy winner Brown Bannister (Amy Grant, Steven Curtis Chapman).
On New Year's Day in 2013, he 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, recorded his third album, and toured relentlessly-including a two-month-long stint that started just one week after his accident. He ultimately retreated from the whirlwind and immersed himself in a songwriting spell that yielded more than 70 new tracks.
"I felt like I needed to sift through my life and try to figure out what really I wanted to say on this album," he says. "I'm really proud of this record and excited for the fans to hear it! I think they're really going to love it."
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."
BWR submitted this story.