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Jimmie Allen burst on the country music scene in 2018 with his debut album, Mercury Lane, and the hit singles ‘Best Shot’ and ‘Make Me Want To’, but he’d put a lot of hard work into the craft before success came knocking on his door. 

Allen moved to Nashville in 2007 and even auditioned to be on America’s Got Talent and American Idol, but neither led to the kind of stage time – and visibility – that he’d hoped for.  

Allen could have given up, but he kept pushing, performing around Nashville until he landed a deal with the Broken Bow Records imprint Stony Creek in 2017. He released his debut EP with the label shortly thereafter. 

It would take one more year and Allen’s official debut single ‘Best Shot’ before he started garnering major attention. The track landed at no. 1 on the Billboard Country Airplay chart, making Allen the first black artist to achieve that top spot with his debut song.

Allen followed Mercury Lane with another EP, Bettie James, in 2020. In 2021, he became the first black solo artist to win the ACM Award for New Male Artist of the Year.  

  • Full name: Jimmie Allen
  • Born: June 18, 1986
  • Hometown: Milton, Delaware
  • Genre: Country, Pop
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Jimmie Allen and Brad Paisley share new single ‘Freedom Was A Highway’.

By Zoe Hodges, January 29, 2021

The song, which is the latest single from Allen’s ‘Bettie James’ EP, has hit potential.

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Jimmie Allen Wins ACM New Male Artist of the Year

By Zoe Hodges, April 9, 2021

ACM Awards host Keith Urban broke the news to Allen while he was working in the studio.

Jimmie Allen - Tulip Drive Album Cover

ALBUM REVIEWJimmie Allen - Tulip Drive

By Bee Delores, June 20, 2022

It might only be June, but Allen just made a bid for album of the summer. Sometimes, albums can just make you feel good 一 and that’s enough.

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LONG READWhy I Love: Jimmie Allen on Charley Pride

By Taylor Weatherby, December 18, 2020

"He was my Superman": Jimmie Allen pays tribute to the late Charley Pride, his idol and friend.

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ALBUM REVIEWJimmie Allen - Bettie James

By Helen M Jerome, December 18, 2020

Jimmie Allen may be tipping a Stetson, but this ain’t old fashioned country.