Delaware native Jimmie Allen prides himself on being an artist, most know him from Season 10 of American Idol. Although he considers himself a country artist, his music also has some pop flare. It’s modern day mainstream at its finest. He has found his niche and people are loving it. Jimmie Allen is certainly one artist to look out for as he brings more diversity to country music.
Where are you answering these questions from and what are you wearing?
I’m sitting in my kitchen just finished eating dinner. Wearing my Mossy Oak hat, Philadelphia Eagles t-shirt and basketball shorts.
What’s your official title and favorite thing about what you do?
Country music artist. My Favorite thing about what I do is I get to put my life and other lives into a song.
What are three things you CANNOT live without?
God/My family, Music, Disney World. (I guess that’s four things but I need them all).
What’s the first concert you ever attended?
What’s your life motto?
Love more, complain less.
What’s the hardest life lesson you’ve learned as it pertains to music?
I’ve learned that sacrifice is needed, much sacrifice. I’ve learned that you can never have too much knowledge. When you think you are really good at something it’s time to practice more.
Do you have a favorite restaurant or hang out spot in Music City?
My favorite breakfast spot is J Christopher’s in Franklin TN. My favorite hang-out spot is St Anejos in Nashville TN.
Beer or whiskey?
I like both. Coors Light and Makers Mark.
Who is your favorite country band from the 90s?
Out of all the songs you’ve written, do you have a favorite?
Yes, it’s a song called “I Came Here To Die.”
Do you have a favorite place to perform?
My favorite place to perform is The Rusty Rudder in Dewey Beach, DE.
What would you say has been the highlight of your career thus far?
The highlight of my career was going to Japan and doing an Armed Forced Entertainment Tour. It was amazing. I got to meet and perform for our troops and their family over there. Also got to see my cousins who are based in Atsugi, Japan.
What current event has your eyes and ears? What are you doing about it?
I have always had a soft spot in my heart for the homeless. It’s a small thing but I always make sure I have $4 on me to give away. When I see them I like to ask their names and really take the time to speak and say hello. I remember them and they really stick with me when I get their names. I pray for them often. They are humans and a part of our world just like you and I. They deserve the same respect we give to someone with a house and job. Twice a month I find a homeless person I either take them to lunch or I’ll buy lunch and just sit and talk with them.
How do you think songwriters play a vital role in music today?
They play a huge role. Songwriters are magicians, they use words we often take for granted and spin them into beautiful stories put to music that the world can relate to.
What’s one super power you wish you had?
I wish I was invisible.
You’re making your favorite sandwich…what’s on it?
My sandwich would be turkey, cheese, two over easy eggs, spinach, mayo and onions.
Name one artist of any genre besides country that you are a fan of and tell us why?
I’m a huge Matchbox 20 fan. I grew up on their music. Great lyrics and melodies.
What makes you laugh out loud?
Stand-up comedy always makes me LOL.
Fill in the blank: It’s not a party until…
…beer pong is played.
Fill in the blank: Country music has made me…
…miss my hometown, cry, be a better man and learn to appreciate everything.
Jimmie Allen is an artist to look out for. Let me know what you think at @BrittWV.
Author: Brittany Vance
West Virginia born & bred living life in the DMV. I believe in kind hearts & strong drinks. Mom of two boys and Autism advocate. Music is not only powerful but magical. In the words of Merle Haggard: Good music will live forever. I am here to share that music with each of you.