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Kris Allen – Somethin’ About Christmas Tour wsg Sawyer

December 3, 2018 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
20 Front Street
Lake Orion, MI 48362 United States
$30 - $80
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On​ ​New​ ​Year’s​ ​Day​ ​in​ ​2013,​ ​Kris​ ​Allen​ ​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,​ ​re-learned​ ​how​ ​to​ ​play​ ​guitar​ ​(despite​ ​regaining​ ​just​ ​30​ ​percent​ ​movement​ ​in​ ​the​ ​damaged​ ​wrist),​ ​recorded​ ​his​ ​third album,​ ​and​ ​toured​ ​relentlessly—including​ ​a​ ​two-month-long​ ​stint​ ​that​ ​started​ ​just​ ​one​ ​week​ ​after​ ​his​ ​accident.​ ​The​ ​​American Idol​ ​​season​ ​8​ ​winner​ ​ultimately​ ​retreated​ ​from​ ​the​ ​whirlwind​ ​and​ ​immersed​ ​himself​ ​in​ ​a​ ​songwriting​ ​spell​ ​that​ ​yielded​ ​more than​ ​70​ ​new​ ​tracks.​ ​Culled​ ​from​ ​that​ ​collection​ ​of​ ​songs,​ ​Allen’s​ ​fourth​ ​full-length​ ​album​ ​​Letting​ ​You​ ​In​ ​​finds​ ​the​ ​Nashville-based artist​ ​delivering​ ​his​ ​most​ ​intimate​ ​and​ ​dynamic​ ​work​ ​to​ ​date.


The​ ​follow-up​ ​to​ ​2014’s​ ​​Horizons​,​ ​​Letting​ ​You​ ​In​ ​​builds​ ​off​ ​the​ ​soulful​ ​musicality​ ​Allen​ ​first​ ​showcased​ ​with​ ​his​ ​platinum-selling 2009​ ​single​ ​“Live​ ​Like​ ​We’re​ ​Dying.”​ ​But​ ​with​ ​its​ ​sophisticated​ ​songcraft​ ​and​ ​vulnerable​ ​lyrics,​ ​​Letting​ ​You​ ​In​ ​​reaches​ ​a​ ​new depth​ ​of​ ​feeling​ ​that​ ​infuses​ ​each​ ​track​ ​with​ ​undeniable​ ​emotional​ ​power.​ ​“Looking​ ​back,​ ​I​ ​think​ ​I​ ​tried​ ​to​ ​put​ ​off​ ​dealing​ ​with my​ ​feelings​ ​around​ ​the​ ​accident​ ​for​ ​as​ ​long​ ​as​ ​I​ ​could,”​ ​says​ ​Allen.​ ​“But​ ​in​ ​the​ ​past​ ​year​ ​I’ve​ ​realized​ ​how​ ​much​ ​it​ ​all​ ​affected me,​ ​and​ ​that​ ​definitely​ ​came​ ​out​ ​in​ ​the​ ​writing​ ​of​ ​this​ ​album.”


Allen​ ​recorded​ ​in​ ​Nashville​ ​with​ ​producers​ ​Konrad​ ​Snyder​ ​(Mat​ ​Kearney,​ ​Owl​ ​City,​ ​Milo​ ​Greene),​ ​Ian​ ​Fitchuk​ ​(James​ ​Bay,​ ​Drew Holcomb​ ​&​ ​the​ ​Neighbors,​ ​Griffin​ ​House),​ ​and​ ​Grammy​ ​Award-winner​ ​Brown​ ​Bannister​ ​(Amy​ ​Grant,​ ​Kenny​ ​Rogers,​ ​Steven Curtis​ ​Chapman)​ ​and​ ​made​ ​a​ ​point​ ​of​ ​exploring​ ​both​ ​the​ ​bright​ ​and​ ​dark​ ​elements​ ​of​ ​everyday​ ​life.​ ​“There’s​ ​almost​ ​two different​ ​sides​ ​to​ ​the​ ​record,”​ ​Allen​ ​notes.​ ​“On​ ​one​ ​hand​ ​you’ve​ ​got​ ​these​ ​happy​ ​love​ ​songs,​ ​because​ ​that’s​ ​my​ ​life—I’m​ ​a happily​ ​married​ ​guy,​ ​everything​ ​with​ ​my​ ​family’s​ ​really​ ​great.​ ​But​ ​internally​ ​I​ ​was​ ​going​ ​through​ ​some​ ​things​ ​and​ ​trying​ ​to​ ​figure out​ ​my​ ​life,​ ​and​ ​the​ ​rest​ ​of​ ​the​ ​album​ ​very​ ​much​ ​came​ ​from​ ​that.”


The​ ​latter​ ​category​ ​of​ ​songs​ ​includes​ ​“My​ ​Time​ ​Will​ ​Come,”​ ​whose​ ​lyrics​ ​reflect​ ​on​ ​Allen’s​ ​struggles​ ​with​ ​self-doubt​ ​(“Lately​ ​I’ve been​ ​making​ ​friends​ ​with​ ​the​ ​doubts​ ​in​ ​my​ ​head/Hanging​ ​on​ ​every​ ​word​ ​that​ ​they’ve​ ​said”).​ ​But​ ​with​ ​its​ ​lilting​ ​guitar​ ​melodies and​ ​soaring​ ​vocals,​ ​the​ ​song​ ​ultimately​ ​emerges​ ​as​ ​an​ ​anthem​ ​of​ ​gritty​ ​perseverance.​ ​On​ ​“If​ ​We​ ​Keep​ ​Doing​ ​Nothing,”​ ​Allen offers​ ​a​ ​poignant​ ​look​ ​outward.​ ​Written​ ​in​ ​the​ ​wake​ ​of​ ​the​ ​mass​ ​shooting​ ​at​ ​Oregon’s​ ​Umpqua​ ​Community​ ​College,​ ​the​ ​song’s throwback-soul​ ​arrangement​ ​of​ ​stark​ ​guitar​ ​tones​ ​and​ ​stirring​ ​organ​ ​lines​ ​provide​ ​a​ ​powerful​ ​backdrop​ ​for​ ​a​ ​determined meditation​ ​on​ ​gun​ ​violence.


While​ ​​Letting​ ​You​ ​In​ ​​takes​ ​on​ ​its​ ​share​ ​of​ ​weighty​ ​matters,​ ​the​ ​album​ ​radiates​ ​a​ ​hopeful​ ​spirit​ ​that’s​ ​got​ ​everything​ ​to​ ​do​ ​with Allen’s​ ​easy​ ​warmth​ ​and​ ​open-heartedness​ ​as​ ​a​ ​songwriter​ ​and​ ​vocalist.​ ​One​ ​of​ ​​Letting​ ​You​ ​In​’s​ ​most​ ​uplifting​ ​tracks,​ ​“Way​ ​Up High”​ ​blends​ ​cascading​ ​guitar​ ​lines,​ ​breezy​ ​melodies,​ ​and​ ​slice-of-life​ ​storytelling​ ​that​ ​came​ ​to​ ​Allen​ ​while​ ​flying​ ​back​ ​home after​ ​spending​ ​days​ ​away​ ​from​ ​his​ ​family.​ ​“Usually​ ​when​ ​I’m​ ​writing​ ​a​ ​song​ ​I​ ​start​ ​with​ ​the​ ​music,​ ​but​ ​with​ ​‘Way​ ​Up​ ​High’​ ​the lyrics​ ​all​ ​came​ ​to​ ​me​ ​in​ ​poem​ ​form,”​ ​he​ ​says.​ ​“I​ ​just​ ​tried​ ​to​ ​get​ ​down​ ​all​ ​these​ ​thoughts​ ​that​ ​were​ ​rolling​ ​through​ ​my​ ​head​ ​at the​ ​time,​ ​in​ ​a​ ​very​ ​stream-of-consciousness​ ​sort​ ​of​ ​way,​ ​and​ ​it​ ​all​ ​felt​ ​really​ ​natural.”​ ​And​ ​among​ ​the​ ​love​ ​songs​ ​that​ ​make​ ​up much​ ​of​ ​​Letting​ ​You​ ​In​ ​​is​ ​“Waves,”​ ​whose​ ​gospel-inspired​ ​harmonies​ ​and​ ​spirited​ ​piano​ ​work​ ​perfectly​ ​together​ ​in​ ​capturing​ ​the tenderness​ ​of​ ​Allen’s​ ​opposites-attract​ ​serenade​ ​to​ ​his​ ​wife.


Allen​ ​first​ ​picked​ ​up​ ​the​ ​guitar​ ​at​ ​age​ ​13,​ ​after​ ​spending​ ​much​ ​of​ ​his​ ​childhood​ ​singing​ ​in​ ​church​ ​in​ ​his​ ​hometown​ ​of Jacksonville,​ ​Arkansas.​ ​Writing​ ​his​ ​first​ ​song​ ​in​ ​his​ ​late​ ​teens,​ ​he​ ​self-released​ ​an​ ​album​ ​at​ ​age​ ​22​ ​and​ ​auditioned​ ​for​ ​the​ ​eighth season​ ​of​ ​​American​ ​Idol​ ​​the​ ​following​ ​year.​ ​Several​ ​months​ ​after​ ​his​ ​​Idol​ ​​victory​ ​Allen​ ​put​ ​out​ ​his​ ​self-titled​ ​major​ ​label​ ​debut, with​ ​lead​ ​single​ ​“Live​ ​Like​ ​We’re​ ​Dying”​ ​climbing​ ​to​ ​the​ ​top​ ​20​ ​on​ ​the​ ​​Billboard​ ​​Hot​ ​100.​ ​In​ ​addition​ ​to​ ​releasing​ ​his​ ​sophomore album​ ​​Thank​ ​You​ ​Camellia​ ​​in​ ​2012,​ ​he​ ​spent​ ​the​ ​next​ ​several​ ​years​ ​sharing​ ​stages​ ​with​ ​such​ ​artists​ ​as​ ​Maroon​ ​5​ ​and​ ​Keith Urban,​ ​as​ ​well​ ​as​ ​landing​ ​Billboard,​ ​Teen​ ​Choice​ ​and​ ​People’s​ ​Choice​ ​Awards​ ​nominations.


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.”


Along​ ​with​ ​rebuilding​ ​his​ ​guitar​ ​skills,​ ​Allen​ ​revamped​ ​his​ ​approach​ ​to​ ​songwriting​ ​and​ ​soon​ ​saw​ ​a​ ​resurgence​ ​in​ ​his​ ​creativity. “When​ ​I’ve​ ​made​ ​albums​ ​in​ ​the​ ​past,​ ​there’ve​ ​always​ ​been​ ​other​ ​artists​ ​and​ ​songwriters​ ​that​ ​I​ ​was​ ​using​ ​as​ ​reference​ ​points,” says​ ​Allen,​ ​who​ ​names​ ​Stevie​ ​Ray​ ​Vaughan​ ​and​ ​Stevie​ ​Wonder​ ​among​ ​his​ ​earliest​ ​inspirations.​ ​“But​ ​this​ ​time​ ​I​ ​shut​ ​myself​ ​off from​ ​all​ ​that,​ ​and​ ​just​ ​focused​ ​on​ ​making​ ​music​ ​that​ ​was​ ​completely​ ​true​ ​to​ ​me.”


That​ ​process​ ​proved​ ​both​ ​thrilling​ ​and​ ​daunting,​ ​but​ ​in​ ​the​ ​end​ ​instilled​ ​him​ ​with​ ​a​ ​new​ ​sense​ ​of​ ​purpose​ ​as​ ​an​ ​artist.​ ​“When​ ​I first​ ​started​ ​making​ ​music,​ ​it​ ​was​ ​very​ ​much​ ​coming​ ​from​ ​a​ ​place​ ​of​ ​‘Are​ ​people​ ​gonna​ ​like​ ​this?’”​ ​he​ ​recalls.​ ​“But​ ​as​ ​I​ ​was making​ ​this​ ​album,​ ​it​ ​really​ ​became​ ​more​ ​about​ ​being​ ​genuine​ ​and​ ​writing​ ​songs​ ​that​ ​feel​ ​good.​ ​My​ ​hope​ ​is​ ​that​ ​if​ ​those​ ​songs mean​ ​a​ ​lot​ ​to​ ​me,​ ​they’ll​ ​mean​ ​a​ ​lot​ ​to​ ​the​ ​people​ ​listening,​ ​and​ ​that​ ​they’ll​ ​get​ ​some​ ​of​ ​that​ ​hopeful​ ​feeling​ ​too.”


Not​ ​too​ ​long​ ​after​ ​the​ ​release​ ​of​ ​​Letting​ ​You​ ​In​,​ ​Allen​ ​delivered​ ​his​ ​first​ ​full-length​ ​Christmas​ ​album,​ ​​Somethin’​ ​About​ ​Christmas​, which​ ​is​ ​a​ ​delightful​ ​combination​ ​of​ ​originals​​ ​and​ ​Christmas​ ​classics.​ ​Some​ ​of​ ​the​ ​Christmas​ ​classics​ ​that​ ​may​ ​ring​ ​a​ ​bell​ ​include “Jingle​ ​Bells”​ ​(featuring​ ​former​ ​contestant​ ​of​ ​“The​ ​Voice”,​ ​Caroline​ ​Glaser)​ ​and​ ​“Winter​ ​Wonderland”​ ​(featuring​ ​Jillian Edwards),​ ​​​just​ ​to​ ​name​ ​a​ ​few.​ ​The​ ​originals​ ​on​ ​this​ ​album,​ ​such​ ​as​ ​“Somethin’​ ​About​ ​Christmas​ ​Morning”​ ​(featuring​ ​Gabe Dixon)​ ​and​ ​“Peace​ ​and​ ​Happiness”,​ ​provide​ ​a​ ​jazzy​ ​and​ ​joyful​ ​feel,​ ​which​ ​is​ ​what​ ​Allen​ ​was​ ​wanting​ ​to​ ​create.​ ​“​I​ ​genuinely​ ​love Christmas​ ​music​ ​and​ ​how​ ​it​ ​can​ ​transport​ ​you​ ​to​ ​such​ ​a​ ​joyful​ ​and​ ​fun​ ​place,”​ ​he​ ​says.​​ ​​“I​ ​think​ ​for​ ​a​ ​lot​ ​of​ ​people,​ ​it​ ​is​ ​those traditions​ ​in​ ​Christmas​ ​that​ ​they​ ​love,​ ​and​ ​I​ ​wanted​ ​my​ ​album​ ​”Somethin’​ ​About​ ​Christmas”​ ​to​ ​become​ ​a​ ​new​ ​tradition​ ​for people​ ​to​ ​enjoy​ ​this​ ​time​ ​of​ ​year.”​ ​​For​ ​fans​ ​looking​ ​to​ ​get​ ​in​ ​the​ ​Christmas​ ​spirit,​ ​Allen​ ​has​ ​decided​ ​to​ ​hit​ ​the​ ​road​ ​this​ ​winter​ ​for a​ ​Christmas​ ​tour.








Sawyer is a Nashville based duo comprised of Kel Taylor and Emma Harvey that can be described in no other way than “Indie Sparkle Pop.” With comparisons to Lucy Rose, COIN, and HAIM they have built a resonance that can’t be forgotten. Indie Shuffle has described their music as “impeccably crafted” and The Wild Honey Pie has proclaimed, “Sawyer promises to be a part of the next wave.” Since their official formation in 2014 the two girls have amassed their vastly growing fan base for being quite “normal.” Even in their normalcy, the Harvard Crimson has deemed them as “airy, nuanced, and utterly aflame.” Their down to earth identities and endearing reliability is seen through every post, tweet, and musical note. The Nashville Scene has praised them saying their, “straightforward lyrics and charming guitar riffs put Sawyer in the same class as [your] favorite indie-pop aficionados The Staves.” With over 130 shows under their belt, 2.2 Million streams on Spotify, and multiple sold out shows in the Pacific Northwest they’re just at the beginning of their fandom. Emma Harvey and Kel Taylor are relatable rock stars ready to show the world the magic of Indie Sparkle Pop.





Date: December 3, 2018
Time: 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Cost: $30 - $80


Venue Name: 20 Front Street
Address: 20 Front Street
Lake Orion, MI 48362 United States

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