Following accident, singer Kris Allen presses on, plays Jammin' Java Tuesday

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Photo - NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 16:  American Idol winner Kris Allen  visits Kids Place Live at SiriusXM Studios on September 16, 2011 in New York City.  (Photo by Neilson Barnard/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 16: American Idol winner Kris Allen visits Kids Place Live at SiriusXM Studios on September 16, 2011 in New York City. (Photo by Neilson Barnard/Getty Images)
Entertainment,Robert Fulton

It's a cliche, but when it comes to Kris Allen's mindset, it applies.

The show must go on.

On New Year's Day, Allen got into an automobile accident that left him with a broken wrist. However, his appropriately titled "Out Alive Tour" is still planned. The "American Idol" season eight winner will sing, but not play guitar.

Onstage
Kris Allen
Where: Jammin' Java, 227 Maple Ave. E., Vienna
When: Tuesday, Jan. 15. 6 p.m. VIP meet and greet, 7 p.m. doors, 8 p.m. show.
Info: With Jillette Johnson; $18 general admission, $50 VIP; jamminjava.com

"I'm feeling OK," Allen said in an email response through his publicist. "I have to watch myself from getting too active so I can heal properly. Honestly it's probably dumb for me to do these shows, but I have never canceled a show and I'm not starting now."

On the other hand, pardon the pun, Allen did reveal that his wife, Katy, is expecting their first child.

"It makes me want to work harder and be better," Allen, 27, said. "I want my kid to be really proud of their dad. I've always wanted to be a dad so I can't wait 'til July gets here. I know it's gonna be hard but I can't wait."

Allen performs at Jammin' Java on Tuesday.

In addition to the news of broken bones and impending fatherhood, it's been a period of change for Allen. Last year, he parted ways with his label RCA and independently released an EP titled "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas." Allen said that not being tied to a major label has enabled him to make music at his own pace.

"Sometimes I felt like that things weren't happening the way that they should," Allen said prior to the accident. "I think they had other priorities as well, which is understandable. It's not a broken relationship at all. It was time to move on and this new time has been exciting."

Allen's most recent album was May's "Thank You Camellia." He said that his marriage and relationships influenced the writing. The title comes from the name of a street in Los Angeles.

"I think there's always subconscious things that go on when I'm writing songs and sometimes I didn't even know what I was going through," Allen said. " I don't think there's a glaring vibe about this record. I think each song tells a different story."

Even though he owes a great deal of debt to his experience on "American Idol," Allen admits he doesn't watch much television. He did add that last season he watched more than any other year.

His advice to this year's crop of contestants is for them to be themselves and show the audience what kind of music they're about.

"I think the biggest thing is always be yourself," Allen said.

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