After the "Idol" hype surrounding his win over Adam Lambert died down, Allen released a self-titled album in 2009. Soon after, he joined country crooner Keith Urban on tour as his opening act. He even gave acting a try, making his debut on TeenNick TV's show "Gigantic" in 2011. In addition, Allen continues to be passionate about music education and helps raise money for the cause with the Music Empowers Foundation. In 2012, Allen auditioned for the lead role in the musical movie "Rock of Ages," but didn't get the part. He released his fourth album, "Horizons," in March 2014.