'American Idol' Winner Kris Allen Announces New Album Release Date

Kris Allen
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Kris Allen

Kris Allen is set to release his fourth album, Letting You In, on March 18, the singer announced today (Jan. 14).

Recorded in Nashville, the American Idol season eight winner worked with a multitude of producers -- including Konrad Snyder (Mat Kearney, Owl City), Ian Fitchuk (James Bay) and Grammy winner Brown Bannister (Amy Grant, Steven Curtis Chapman) -- on songs that are described as his "most personal work to date."

The Jacksonville, Arkansas, native worked on over 70 songs for the record, which is more than three times the amount he composed for his previous two efforts combined.

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"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.”

Allen recently appeared on American Idol helping out contestants in auditions. He also announced that he and his wife, Katy, are expecting their second child in June.

Allen is heading out on tour this spring, kicking off at Birmingham, AL's WorkPlay Theatre on March 31. For a full list of dates, look on his website.