On June 23, Allen told E! News’ Daily Pop that he’s excited to play all genres of his musical catalog on stage as he joins his fellow country star on her Denim & Rhinestones tour, which kicks off this summer.
“I feel like I’ll be able to do my country stuff, my more pop-leaning stuff, my more Christian-leaning music with Carrie’s audience,” he told co-hosts Justin Sylvester and Loni Love. “I feel like I can be myself musically in its entirety without feeling like, ‘You know what? ‘Perhaps we should do this,’ even though I never do.
“A lot of times, if you’re in a certain place, you can kind of creep into your mind like, ‘Well, maybe I should change and do this,'” he said, despite always aiming to be true to himself. This is the first time I’ve ever had to consider changing. “
On tour, Allen is expected to perform songs from his upcoming third studio album, Tulip Drive, which will be released on June 24, including the collaboration “On My Way” with his former American Idol judge, Jennifer Lopez. Allen first appeared on the hit competition series in season 10 in 2011.
“It’s insane,” Allen remarked. “Yo, we’re trying to remake a J.Lo song into a duet,” a friend who works with her said. “Do you want to do it?” “Duh,” I thought. What kind of inquiry is that? ‘Sure, bro.’ I recorded it the following day and returned it to them. “
Tulip Drive was inspired by the street name of his grandmother’s home and will include a collaboration with CeeLo Green and T-Pain. Allen told Daily Pop that the album will complete a trilogy that “talks about where I was between the ages of five and freshman year of college.”
“Every song on here is a direct reflection of something in my life,” he explained. “I had to find songs that really tied into actual moments, even if they weren’t songs I wrote.” So there are songs about high school, college, my mental disorder, my father, dreams I had then, and dreams I have now. I just wanted to get it all out there before the next phase of music. “