Featured Artist: Jimmie Allen
First, he’s more than just an inspiration for those who admire his musical talent. He’s living proof of how commitment and passion can take you where you need to go in life. If there’s one phrase that motivated him to get to where he is now, it’s: “Never give up.”
Allen was born in Delaware and his journey to achieve his dreams certainly wasn’t easy. He moved to Nashville in 2007, but before he could get signed to a record deal he went through some rough times. At one point, he was so broke that he lived out of his car. He was too proud to ask for help, so he worked multiple jobs in order to sustain his dream of making it big in Nashville. Eventually, he was able to save up for an apartment. But just as things were going well, he hit another obstacle – country music was not ready for him.
In the beginning, the people he worked with wanted to change his sound. They told him to dress differently, and to change his personality to fit a country music mold. But because Allen fought for this opportunity to pursue his musical career, he simply could not let somebody else dictate how he should be.
His first big break came when one of the songs he’d written was featured in a Super Bowl commercial. Ten years after he moved to Nashville, he was finally able to sign a record deal with Stoney Creek (which is part of Broken Bow Records). In 2017, he released his self-titled debut EP. This studio effort earned a lot of positive reviews from country music stars and critics, with one even comparing his style to that of Sam Hunt and Thomas Rhett. The tracks featured on this album were a cutting-edge mix of various musical genres including country, R&B, pop, and a little bit of rock.
One of the tracks called “Blue Jean Baby” became a viral sensation on Spotify. Meanwhile, his first official single, “Best Shot”, peaked at number 11 on the US Country Airplay charts. It also reached the Billboard Hot 100 charts.
His new album, Mercury Lane, dropped October 12 and is his first full-length album. The album is named after the street he grew up on, and he’s paying homage to where his journey began. He has talked about how living there taught him fundamental life lessons that shaped who he is as a person. He was only 20-years-old when he moved to Nashville. Now at 33, Jimmie Allen is seeing all of his hard work pay off.