Here at New York Country Swag, we pride ourselves on being tastemakers, finding and championing new and up-and-coming artists and introducing our followers to the best of the best of the rising acts. Back in January of this year we named the 10 artists below in our “Artists to Watch in 2018” and we are proud to say, we know rising talent before they make it big. Someone to add to your watchlist is Jimmie Allen.
We first introduced our readers to Jimmie Allen in November of last year when we hosted him at The Refinery Rooftop for our signature Swag Sessions (above). Then back in March, we caught up with Allen as one of our Swag Spotlights. At the time, Allen had just released his first single to country radio “Best Shot.” It took a while to climb up the radio charts, sitting on the bottom of the charts for almost 35 weeks before making its huge jump towards the top. Despite that, Allen has made history with his debut single as he becomes the first black artist to score a career No.1 at country radio and remain there for a second week. Allen told us just how grateful he is for his team and how hard they have fought for him. “Nobody has gotten where they are without someone believing in them and people around them working towards the same goal,” he explains. “It’s a great win for all of us and it continues to prove if you have something that is halfway good and you have a strong team around you that believes in it you can make some things happen.” Fans are still raving about this song as many people have made it their wedding and proposal songs, too many covers to count, and still makes the fans jump to their feet whenever he plays it live.
Allen released his debut album Mercury Lane on October 12th, and since we have seen his career boom like never before. Everyone from Jake Owen, Michael Ray, Scotty McCreery, and more were giving props to Allen for his album. That is what happens when you have such a great reputation in town! With all of the success of “Best Shot” and his new album, Allen has been lead to greater opportunities. Within the last month, he has joined the TODAY Show, one of his biggest supporters, for many special events. Allen made his national TV debut to promote his new album and current single. Allen also came back to co-host and be apart of a “Guys Tell All”segment alongside reality star Ben Higgins, comedian Chuck Nice, and celebrity gym trainer Don Saladino. Besides having the number one song in the country, he announced his part in the Montgomery Gentry 20 Years of Hits album. Growing up a fan of Montgomery Gentry’s music, he is honored to be apart of the song “Hell Yeah” that you can stream, along with the rest of the album, now. To end a long list of achievements, Country Radio Seminar announced the CRS New Faces of Country Music® Class of 2019. Alongside Allen is Russell Dickerson, Dylan Scott, Lindsay Ell, and LANCO.
Looking to reach fans across the country, Allen is an opening act on McCreery’s Seasons Change Tour that began on Nov. 29 in Dallas and will continue into late January 2019. He’ll then jump back on the road with Kane Brown, opening for him on the Live Forever Tour through the beginning of March. If you are looking to see the most talked about artist on tour check Allen’s website for a full list of tour stops.
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