Life just hasn't been the same for Arkansas native Kris Allen since he won Season 8 of American Idol.
The singer, songwriter and self taught musician says he's been going non-stop since he captured the idol crown in May 2009.
"You know I wasn't ready to do a ton of interviews or a ton of photo shoots or any of that stuff,” he said.
The 25-year-old's self titled debut album featuring the hit single "Live Like We're Dying" has sold over one and half million copies so far and his success has taken him to new places, like Hawaii where he sang the National Anthem at the Pro Bowl.
"I always knew that I wanted to play music in some form or fashion but I didn't think that I'd be playing like this in Hawaii singing at the Pro Bowl, I never thought that I would be doing this,” he said.
Two years ago, Kris and his brother Daniel decided to drive nine hours to Kentucky to audition for Idol. He saw the show once or twice before but wasn't a huge fan.
He says he never thought he would win.
"Cause it's kinda like a lottery you know who knows what's going to happen they let a lot of good people go,” he explained.
Each year, tens of thousands of American Idol hopefuls don't make it on the show but Allen says that shouldn't stop you from dreaming.
"I would say don't be afraid of anything and figure out what you are really good at and do it and become the best at it,” he said.
He says writing your own music and lyrics can help a great deal for those wanting success in the music biz.
"Strive to become the best that you can, I mean if you really want this do something everyday, whether it be writing music practicing your singing or whatever it is,” he said.