In 2012 — 5 years after shifting to Nashville to chase his dream of being a rustic artist — Jimmie Allen had little to indicate for his efforts. He was working a number of jobs to pay the hire, enjoying writers’ rounds when he might and taking gigs for tip cash. He had already been tossed off American Idol.
Then someday, whereas looking by means of his attic for household pictures, he discovered a “trashy” spiral pocket book and started filling the empty pages with a listing of very particular profession objectives: Land a publishing deal. Signal a report contract. Get a reserving company to increase his attain into films and TV. Have No. 1 single. Play sold-out stadiums. Sing with the world’s best musical icons, like Elton John.
A decade later, Allen nonetheless has that pocket book. And whereas he hasn’t fairly completed checking off the entire objects on that record, certain sufficient, all of them appear to be coming true — from signing with BMG’s Stoney Creek/BBR imprint in 2017 to collaborating with John in 2021 — identical to he predicted.
“All the things I accomplish, it would not shock me. I am grateful for the chance, however I am not stunned in any respect,” says Allen, leaning ahead in his chair on the spacious fifth-floor patio of his report label as a mushy rain falls over Nashville’s historic Music Row in late Could . “It is all a part of this plan that has been written down.”
Learn Jimmie Allen’s full Billboard cowl story right here, the place the 37-year-old nation star takes us inside his eclectic empire (and his obsession with bowling).