Jimmie Allen Returns to NBC’s TODAY on November 28
More than a decade ago, Delaware native Jimmie Allen moved to Music City with only $21 to his name after dropping out of the University of Delaware. Working odd jobs, he focused on songwriting and performing at any writers round or show he could book. Now, the 33-year-old finds his debut single “Best Shot” occupying the top slot as the most-played song on Country radio for a second consecutive week after a 41-week climb on the charts.
In a candid interview, Allen told his hometown paper, the Delaware News Journal, “When you work so hard for something and finally start to see it pay off, it’s very rewarding. You think of all those sleepless nights, the days I didn’t eat and missing birthdays and weddings. You think about the relationships that didn’t work out. But the dream I was chasing was definitely worth it.”
Written by Allen, Josh London and JP Williams, “Best Shot” is the first single from Allen’s Stoney Creek Records / BBR Music Group debut album Mercury Lane, a project The New York Times opines is “optimistic, rock-inflected country.” His 15-track debut is named for the dead-end street in Milton where he grew up. With a population of 2,914, Allen’s father first introduced him to Country music in the sleepy town where corn and soybean fields line the two-lane road.
“Mercury Lane is where my journey began. All of the fundamental life lessons that shaped my values, I was taught on that street—it’s where I learned about love, life, how to believe in myself, the concept of never giving up, following your dreams and being a good person. I credit my time spent there with my family for shaping me into the man I am today,” Allen reflects.
“Looking back on my first 10 years in Nashville, there are definitely days where it would have been easier to quit than to hear ‘no’ for the seventh day in a row,” Allen adds. “But that’s what ‘Best Shot’ is all about: my promise not to give up. I’m so incredibly humbled by the amount of support this song has received. Like the lyrics say, ‘I’ve struck out, I’ve been knocked down more times than I can count… But that don’t matter now … Because of you, I’m not the man I was before you, I’m not saying that I’m perfect, you know I’m not, But I’ll love you with everything I’ve got… I’ll give you my best shot.’”
Jimmie Allen Tour Dates:
November 29 — Dallas, TX—Scotty McCreery Seasons Change Tour
November 30 — San Antonio, TX—Scotty McCreery Seasons Change Tour
December 7 — St. Paul, MN—Scotty McCreery Seasons Change Tour
December 9—Chicago, IL—Scotty McCreery Seasons Change Tour
December 13—Cincinnati, OH—Scotty McCreery Seasons Change Tour
December 15—Grand Rapids, MI—Scotty McCreery Seasons Change Tour
January 17—Atlanta, GA—Scotty McCreery Seasons Change Tour
January 18—Charlotte, NC—Scotty McCreery Seasons Change Tour
January 19—Raleigh, NC—Scotty McCreery Seasons Change Tour
January 25—Boston, MA—Scotty McCreery Seasons Change Tour
January 26—Westbury, NY—Scotty McCreery Seasons Change Tour
February 15— Rockford, IL—Kane Brown Live Forever Tour
February 16— Brookings, SD —Kane Brown Live Forever Tour
February 17— Grand Forks, ND —Kane Brown Live Forever Tour
February 28— Bloomington, IL —Kane Brown Live Forever Tour
March 1— Cape Girardeau, MO —Kane Brown Live Forever Tour
March 2— Bossier City, LA —Kane Brown Live Forever Tour
For more information and tour dates, visit www.jimmieallenmusic.com.
About Jimmie Allen: The epitome of the phrase “persistence pays off,” Jimmie Allen laid it all on the line to make his dreams a reality. Now signed to BBR Music Group’s Stoney Creek Records, Allen’s debut single “Best Shot” is a certified hit, claiming the spot as the No. 1 Most Shazamed song in the format for eight consecutive weeks, and also claimed the No. 1 on Country radio for two weeks, marking the first time a black artist has launched a career with a No. 1 hit with their debut single on Country radio.
On October 12th, Allen released his hotly-anticipated debut album, Mercury Lane, named in tribute to the street he grew up on and the origin of his incredible journey. Featuring a cutting-edge mix of country, rock, R&B and pop, Mercury Lane draws upon the influence of his family and small-town upbringing of the critically-acclaimed rising star. Rolling Stone raved Allen’s debut “challenges the narrowly defined model of what constitutes a next big thing in country music in 2018.”
The Southern Delaware native’s talent for songwriting is undeniable, having written a song that was featured in a Super Bowl commercial and appearing in a Diet Coke ad with megastar Taylor Swift. “Blue Jean Baby,” off his debut self-titled EP, immediately caught the attention of country music fans and critics alike with its soulful groove— rocketing it to the top of digital playlists, across all genres. After introducing his music at festivals across the country last summer, this fall Allen will hit the road once again to share the stage with Chase Rice, Kane Brown, and Scotty McCreery. The hot newcomer has already been heralded as one of the top “artists to watch in 2018” by Rolling Stone, Billboard, Pandora, Sounds Like Nashville, NY Country Swag, Country Music Rocks and New England Country Music has earned spots in CMT’s “18 for 2018” Listen Up program and Bobby Bones’ Class of 2018.http://www.countryschatter.com/2018/11/jimmie-allens-best-shot-solidifies-second-week-at-no-1-appears-on-today-11-28/Chart ToppersPress ReleaseToursTV AppearanceBest Shot,Jimmie Allen,Mercury Lane,NBC's Today