June 8, 2009

Kris Allen to release first CD this fall

19 Recordings has signed American Idol winner Kris Allen, and his recordings have been licensed to Jive Records, the music labels said Monday.

Kris won the hearts of millions of Americans with his soulful voice, good looks and gracious demeanor, Simon Fuller -- creator and executive producer of American Idol, and founder and chief executive officer of 19 Entertainment -- said in a statement. However, it is his passion for music and love of performing that will make sure Kris stands the test of time and makes 'American Idol' proud.

As exciting as the last few months have been, I'm really looking forward to what is next, added Allen, a 23-year-old Arkansas native. I'm very grateful to be working with Simon Fuller and his team at 19 Entertainment, along with Barry Weiss and Jive Records on my debut album. Everyone's been asking me what it's going to sound like. It will be very similar to what you heard from me on the show -- definitely in the pop/rock genre. I can't wait to get started!

Kris had a terrific run of memorable performances culminating with an incredible win, said Weiss, chairman and chief executive officer of the RCA/JIVE Label Group. He's a super-talented singer and all-around gifted musician who has that rare common touch which will give him the ability to connect with the broadest possible audience. We're really excited to welcome him to the Jive family.

Allen's debut album is slated for release in late fall.