Any country music fans who sees Jimmie Allen on a stage will never forget the smile of the “Best Shot” singer. And they’ll remember the infectious energy that he lavishes on a crowd. Like every artist in these pandemic times, Allen struggles at first to find ways to share his music.
2020 brought the most cherished moments and hardest losses for Jimmie Allen. Nonetheless, the resilient singer-songwriter found his artistic footing and a new purpose in the film and musical endeavor, The Bettie James Picture. The film’s director is director Sam Aldrich. Jimmie Allen composes the music and the story of the fictional Bettie James, which serves as the narration through the project. Allen portrays a working-class character who copes with change, loss, and hope through life circumstances.
Stellar collaborations came from the storytelling of the effort. These collaborations include Nelly, Darius Rucker, Mickey Guyton, and Charley Pride. Tragically, Charley Pride welcomed 2021 from the realms of heaven. The 86-year-old Country legend passed away on December 12 from complications of the COVID-19 virus. This is only weeks after sharing the CMA Awards stage with Jimmie Allen for his Willie Nelson Lifetime Achievement Award.
A full heart and still ready for fun
Jimmie Allen pours his heart out in respect and love For Charley Pride in a personal YouTube tribute. As much as Allen will always feel the loss that “felt like Superman died,” he will also feel gratitude for the bond with Pride which was “like a grandfather.”
Charley Pride loved nothing more than telling a joke, a great story, or singing a great song. Jimmie Allen will be getting back to the good times and with fans on RADIO.COM’s “Friday Night Takeover” with Rob + Holly, starting this evening from 7 PM to midnight, as noted by RADIO.COM per MSN.
Music made its way around the mood swings for Jimmie Allen
One of Jimmie Allen’s most familiar hits is “Make Me Want To.” The creative Country artist typically needs no more incentive than waiting fans and willing ears to light his fire for performing, Allen is very forthcoming about his mental health struggles. During the Country Strong preview special prior to the CMA’s, Jimmie shares how the lockdown was more than an instant loss in motivation. The situation threw him into drastic mood swings that almost drew them into darker places with his bipolar disorder.
Huge generosity and gratitude fill Jimmie Allen’s heart, and just like he found a way to pay his band musicians at his own expense, he now reflects on the good memories that he holds forever with Charley Pride, like the legend’s gift for guessing birthdays and giving great advice.
“I got to perform with a legend,” Allen assures. “Someone that went from being a hero to a friend,” the singer relates. Jimmie holds constant gratitude that “we built a great relationship.” No matter what Jimmie Allen accomplishes in the many years ahead in the 34-year-old’s career, “nothing will top-performing with Charley Pride,” in the artist’s estimation.
‘Freedom Was A Highway’ and finding a new hobby delights Jimmie Allen
Country fans with a fetish for late-night hours saw Jimmie Allen on ABC’s Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve only weeks ago. He got Times Square grooving with “Freedom Was a Highway” in his long leopard-print shorts. Allen gave thanks for “making this song my second number one,” and Jimmie is thankful for the song in a rendition with Brad Paisley, too.
Bowling is my new thing
— Jimmie Allen (@JimmieAllen) January 16, 2021
Quarantine routines create new hobbies like bread-baking, flowerpot gardening, or learning guitar for some folks. For Jimmie Allen, bowling is his new passion. There’s no way of knowing his scores, but his devotion to the new sport is unquestionable. If he gets the opportunity to “strike” up a game with Brad Paisley, perhaps they will consider an addition to the song’s title. Does “Freedom Was A Highway Or A Perfect Game” sound good for the guys?” Jimmie Allen is beaming on social media about his new custom F-150, too. 2021 is rolling strong, and the artist is shooting for a show data Billy Bob’s Texas on February 19, fingers crossed.
My new single “Freedom Was A Highway” with @BradPaisley goes radio February 1st. So excited about this song. Shout out to @ashwbowers and Matt Rogers for writing it with me. 🙌🏽🌊 pic.twitter.com/r2Z9TPuHyT
— Jimmie Allen (@JimmieAllen) January 20, 2021
Chasing dreams is still a driving force for Jimmie
Jimmie Allen has been a friend of the Today show since the beloved times with Hoda Kotb and Kathie Lee Gifford. He stops by the morning show again in mid-January to join Hoda for her series,” Quoted by.”
In reflecting on true passion, Jimmie Allen said he often asks people the same question. “If money was no issue, what would you do for free?” “Whatever you would do for free is what you love,” the hit-maker assures. Allen also lives by some words about how passion blows past being comfortable.
— CMA Country Music (@CountryMusic) January 12, 2021
“The passion you have for the dream you’re chasing must out-burn your comfort in being comfortable,” came across the screen as words to live by from Jimmie Allen. The songwriter loses count of how many birthdays, Christmases, and other holidays he’s missed due to performing. He recommends seeing family as often as possible. He suggests that making special people a priority year-round means that “if you miss a Christmas, you have four or five special other days.”
Jimmie Allen knows the satisfaction of doing what he loves. He was happy working three jobs and “singing down on Broadway” in Nashville– all because of that love. Hard work at anything yields success eventually, and this artist understands how to rejoice in every circumstance.