Before beginning his career, Jimmie Allen was living in his car. Fast forward to 2018 and the Delaware native has the No. 1 song in the country with “Best Shot.”
“I don’t think I’ve fully processed yet what’s happening. I’m still trying to catch up to all the cool things that happened this year,” Jimmie told One Country as his song was rising on the charts.
As Jimmie ascended to the top of the Billboard Country Airplay chart, he also made history becoming only the second African-American artist to nab a career No. 1 hit with their debut single. Darius Rucker hit No. 1 in 2008 with his country debut “Don’t Think I Don’t Think About It.” However, Darius had already had success as the frontman of “Hootie & the Blowfish.”
“If someone asked me two years ago if I thought that this would be my life today—that I’d be on the red carpet at the CMAs or my song would be the No. 1 song on country radio, I would have honestly said no,” said Jimmie. “Did I think it would happen eventually? Absolutely! Just not this soon. I’m humbled and grateful— it’s such an honor to get my first No. 1 and to know that my song is connecting with people and resonating in a way that hopefully makes us all better people in the end, because that’s really what ‘Best Shot’ is all about.”
Written by Allen, Josh London and JP Williams, “Best Shot” is the first single from Jimmie’s debut album Mercury Lane.
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“In writing this song, we just wanted to be honest with ourselves and write something that others can empathize with,” Jimmie adds.