Jimmie Allen’s passion for music has always been there.
He performed his first song at age seven and taught himself the drums, keyboard and guitar without any formal training. In the sixth grade, he formed his first band.
Jimmie moved to Nashville,
Tennessee from his hometown in Delaware after high school to pursue his dream, where he lived in a rented trailer and searched for a full time job. When his trailer was sold and he was forced to live out of his car, his aspirations did not dim. Instead, he worked several odd jobs to stay in Nashville. Eventually Jimmie met a fellow musician who recognized his ambition and made it a point to motivate him. Jimmie maintains that this person’s motivation was what enabled him to focus tirelessly on his music, especially during the less glamorous years.
In 2011, Jimmie lost a bet with a friend,
the conditions being that he would audition for American Idol Season 10 if he lost. Jimmie ended up being voted into the top 40 contestants on American Idol Season 10, and chosen as one of eight contestants to participate in the Idols of America Tour in Japan, a three-week tour of military installations in the Pacific.
Since the tour,
Jimmie’s musical career has been rewarding and has allowed him to showcase his personal sound.