Jimmie Allen

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Jimmie Allen
Birth nameJames Edward Allen
Born (1985-06-18) June 18, 1985 (age 36)[1]
Milton, Delaware, U.S.
OriginNashville, Tennessee, U.S.
  • Singer
  • songwriter
  • Vocals
  • guitar
Years active2017–present
LabelsStoney Creek

James Edward Allen (born June 18, 1985) is an American country music singer and songwriter. He is signed to Broken Bow Records imprint Stoney Creek, for which he has released the two singles "Best Shot" and "Make Me Want To" and the 2018 album Mercury Lane.


Allen was born in Milton, Delaware, United States, but moved to Nashville, Tennessee, in 2007.[2] During most of his first few years in Nashville, he experienced poverty and often lived out of his car.[3][1] Allen auditioned for America's Got Talent, but did not make it past the preliminary auditions.[citation needed] He also auditioned for the tenth season of American Idol, but was cut before the live voting rounds. While on American Idol, he performed with Colton Dixon during one of the group rounds[4] and befriended Scotty McCreery, who eventually won the competition that year. Allen and McCreery later reconnected and toured together after the release of Allen's debut album.[5][6][7]

Allen signed a publishing deal with Wide Open Music, a songwriting imprint formed by singer-songwriter Ash Bowers, in 2016.[1] After doing a talent showcase for representatives of Broken Bow Records in early 2017,[1] he was signed to that label's Stoney Creek imprint and released his self-titled debut EP, which Bowers produced.[8][9] The label's executive vice president said that the decision to sign Allen was one of the fastest they ever made at the label.[2] Stephen Thomas Erlewine of AllMusic compared the EP's sound to the "slick, assured style" of Thomas Rhett and Sam Hunt.[9] Similarly, Rolling Stone Country writer Brittney McKenna compared Allen's contemporary R&B influences to those artists and Maren Morris.[2] A track from the EP, "Blue Jean Baby", was added to Spotify's "United States Viral 50 chart".[2]

His first official single, "Best Shot", was released in early 2018. The week of its release, it was the second most-added song to country music radio playlists.[2] The song has made the Hot Country Songs, Country Airplay, and Billboard Hot 100 charts and was made into a music video.[10] Allen said that the song's title and central theme were inspired by his grandmother and his son, who was 4 at the time of the song's release.[11][1] His debut album, Mercury Lane, was issued in October 2018.[9] Also produced by Bowers, the album takes its name from the street on which Allen lived as a child.[12] "Best Shot" was a Number One hit on the Billboard Country Airplay chart in November 2018, making him the first black artist to send his debut single to the top of that chart.[13] The album's second single, "Make Me Want To" released to country radio on February 1, 2019,[14] and it also became a Number One hit on the Billboard Country Airplay chart.

Allen also recorded a cover of Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper's "Shallow" with Abby Anderson in May 2019. The recording was made into a video as well.[15]

In 2020, Allen released "This Is Us", a duet with Noah Cyrus.[16] It was included on his new EP, Bettie James, which was released on July 10, 2020.[17][18][19]

Allen became the first black solo performer to win New Male Artist of the Year at the 2021 ACM Awards (at which he also performed a duet with Brad Paisley).[20] In September 2021, Allen was announced as one of the celebrities competing on season 30 of Dancing with the Stars.[21] He and his partner Emma Slater were the ninth couple to be eliminated, ultimately placing 7th.[22]

On 10 November 2021, he won New Artist of the Year at the CMA Awards.[23] 15 days later, he performed at the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade.[24]



Title Details Peak chart
US Country
Mercury Lane 128 11
Bettie James Gold Edition
  • Release date: June 25, 2021
  • Label: Stoney Creek
  • Formats: CD, digital download, streaming

Extended plays

Year Album Peak chart
US Country
2020 Bettie James[17]
  • Release date: July 10, 2020
  • Label: Stoney Creek
  • Formats: Digital download, streaming


Year Single Peak chart positions Sales Certifications Album


US Adult
CAN Country
2018 "Best Shot" 37 5 1 33 79 1 Mercury Lane
2019 "Make Me Want To" 49 7 1 5
2020 "This Is Us"
(with Noah Cyrus)
32 48 Bettie James
2021 "Freedom Was a Highway"
(with Brad Paisley)
76 18 11 28
"—" denotes releases that did not chart

Other charted songs

Year Single Peak chart positions Album

2020 "Good Times Roll" (with Nelly) 31 Bettie James

Music videos

Year Video Director
2018 "Best Shot" Ford Fairchild[39]
2019 "Shallow" (with Abby Anderson)
"Make Me Want To"
2020 "This Is Us" (with Noah Cyrus) Peter Zavadil

Awards and nominations

Year Association Category Nominated Work Result
2019 CMT Music Awards Breakthrough Video of the Year "Best Shot" Nominated
Academy of Country Music Awards New Male Artist of the Year Jimmie Allen Nominated
2020 Country Music Association Awards New Artist of the Year Jimmie Allen Nominated
2021 Academy of Country Music Awards New Male Artist of the Year Won
CMT Music Awards CMT Performance of The Year "This Is Us" (with Noah Cyrus) Nominated
Country Music Association Awards New Artist of the Year Jimmie Allen Won


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  20. ^ "Ahead of the ACMs, Jimmie Allen shares his vision for the future of racial equality in country music".
  21. ^ "'Dancing With the Stars' 2021: Meet the season 30 celebrity cast". Good Morning America. 2021-09-08. Retrieved 2021-09-11.
  22. ^ November 08, Gabrielle Duncan; Pm, 2021 10:15. "DWTS: Who Was Sent Home in the Double Elimination?". PEOPLE.com. Retrieved 2021-11-23.CS1 maint: numeric names: authors list (link)
  23. ^ DeSantis, Rachel; November 10, Daniela Avila; Pm, 2021 09:26. "Jimmie Allen Delivers Tearful Speech After Winning New Artist of the Year at the 2021 CMAs". PEOPLE.com. Retrieved 2021-11-23.CS1 maint: numeric names: authors list (link)
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  31. ^ Peaks on the Country Airplay chart:
  32. ^ "Adult Pop Songs: April 27, 2019". Billboard. Retrieved April 23, 2019.
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