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Jonathan Allen

A young man comes out to less-than-accepting circumstances and is rejected by his family. We’ve heard coming out stories like this before, but they never lose their emotional impact.

Take Jonathan Allen, for example.

Allen came out to his conservative parents and was kicked out of their home but, thankfully for us, he’s since persevered with one of his natural gifts intact – his voice. Allen was a semi-finalist this past summer on NBC’s competition series America’s Got Talent where he shared his story and blew away the judges – Howard Stern, Heidi Klum, Mel B and Howie Mandel – with not only his commanding voice but also his self-effacing wit and natural charm.

As Allen now embarks on a solo singing career, TheBacklot caught up with him to talk about his journey thus far, his Los Angeles show this week and, most importantly, if he’s »

- Jim Halterman

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