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Kris Allen with Special Guest Sarah Barrios

Infinity Norfolk

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Sun, September 07, 2014
Norfolk, CT
Show at 7:30 PM

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Price: $27 - $39

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Pop
Kris Allen with Special Guest Sarah Barrios

VIP Meet-and-Greet: $40.00

Join a limited # of show-goers for a pre-show meet-and-greet with Kris for photo ops and autographs!

VIP Meet and Greet will take place before the show at 7 PM.

Concert ticket must be purchased separately.

Don’t miss Kris Allen’s hook-filled pop melodies and heartfelt lyrics. Since skyrocketing to stardom as the winner of the 2009 season of American Idol, Kris Allen has enjoyed five singles on the Billboard charts.

Kris Allen

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Artist Bio

 

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.​ ​​ ​If​ ​he​ ​is​ ​coming​ ​to​ ​a​ ​city​ ​near​ ​you,​ ​be​ ​sure​ ​to​ ​get​ ​your​ ​tickets​ ​​here​.

 

 

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Sarah Barrios

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www.sarahbarriosmusic.com

Recently, in 2016, Sarah was named one of 5 Finalists out of 14,000 in the Guitar Center Singer/Songwriter Competition and spent that time competing at the legendary Troubadour in West Hollywood, CA.

 Sarah has had the pleasure of performing with acts such as The Voice’s Melanie Martinez, American Idol Winner Nick Fradiani, American Idol’s Haley Reinhart, Dancing with the Star’s Mark Ballas’ duo – Alexander Jean, The Voice’s Christina Grimmie, American Idol’s Sam Woolf, Us The Duo, American Idol’s Kris Allen, and Daniel Seavey, along with America’s Got Talent’s Miguel Dakota, national recording artist Teddy Geiger, American Idol’s Robbie Rosen, and many more well-known social media stars. She has released her very first self-titled EP, which is available on iTunes and is currently touring nationally.

 Sarah began singing at a very young age and wrote her first song at the age of thirteen. She knew that she loved music and continued to write, but it was only until early January 2013 that she decided she wanted to further her involvement in music.

 In 2014, Sarah went on to win the title of The New England Music Award’s “Best New Act of the Year”, was then nominated for, “Best Female Performer of the Year” in 2015.

As her career continues to grow, so does she, musically and lyrically and is currently working on new music to light the souls of her fans, family, friends, and people across the globe.

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