Beautiful & Wild

  • Kris Allen became a father for the first time on July 30, 2013 when his wife Katy gave birth to their son, Oliver. This song was inspired by impending fatherhood. "He wasn't even born yet, but it was one of those songs where the lyrics just kind of floated into my head," Allen told The Hollywood Reporter.
  • Allen suffered a head-on collision in 2013 in which his wrist was broken. As the American Idol alumnus recovered, he had to adopt a new finger-picking style of guitar playing, which is prominent in the final mixes for Horizons. This was the first song he wrote in that style. "I've been playing with my fingers a lot more because of my wrist," he said. "It's a different way to play and some of those songs were written when my hand was in a cast so all I had was my fingers. I think it made me a bit more melodic than just strumming a bunch of chords."

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