Who is Jimmie Allen from American Idol?

JIMMIE ALLEN sent pulses racing on Sunday April 10, 2022, after making a guest appearance as a mentor on season 20 of American Idol.

The country music singer not only gave a few helpful pointers to each singer in the top 24 list but he also performed his brand new single.

Who is Jimmie Allen?

Jimmie Allen, 36, is an American country music star.

He was born on June 8, 1985, in the town of Milton, Sussex County, Delaware.

In 2007, Allen moved to Nashville, Tennessee, to pursue a career in music.

But struggling to make it as a professional musician he fell on hard times and was forced to live out of his car.


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Down on his luck, he auditioned for America’s Got Talent but sadly did not make it past the preliminary round.

He then went on the tenth season of American Idol in 2011 but did not make it to the live voting shows.

Several years went by before Allen was eventually signed to a record deal.

In 2017, Allen signed to Broken Bow Records after performing a showcase for the label.

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His first official single, Best Shot, was released in 2018 and received positive reviews across country music radio stations.

The song peaked at 37 on the Billboard Hot 100 and was later certified platinum.

Allen’s debut album, Mercury Lane – named after the street on which he grew up – came out in October 2018 and peaked at 128 on the US album chart.

He followed the album with a second single called Make Me Want To which was also certified platinum.

Allen has since released a cover of Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper’s Shallow from A Star Is Born with country music star Abby Anderson.

But his career blew up in 2021, when he won the Country Music Association Award for New Artist of the Year, becoming only the second black artist to win the category following Darius Rucker's win in 2009.

He was one of the 15 competitors on season 30 of Dancing With The Stars in 2021.

He was partnered with Emma Slater and ninth to be eliminated.

Allen then featured as a guest judge on American Idol – the show that helped launch his career – in 2022.

How did Jimmie Allen do on American Idol?

Jimmie was cut from American Idol season 10 before the live voting rounds in the 2011 series.

Despite this, he met stars Colton Dixon and Scotty McCreery on the show, with the latter winning the series.

This meeting would prove pivotal for Allen's career as he later went on to tour with McCreery – it was from there that Allen shot to fame.

What songs did Jimmie Allen sing on American Idol?

During his 2022 performance Allen played his brand new single Down Home.

The 36-year-old was showered with praise online by adoring fans who wanted him to be a permanent fixture on the talent show.

Who is Jimmie Allen's wife Alexis Gale?

Alexis Gale is Allen's 25-year-old wife.

Both Allen and Gale grew up in Milton, Delaware, but they didn't actually meet each other until 2019 after Jimmie’s cousin’s wife introduced them.

Jimmie proposed to Alexis at Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida, on June 15, 2019.

The couple then got married in a secretive ceremony on June 18, 2020 – Jimmie's birthday.

But they went on to have a second, public ceremony held at The Lake House Inn in Perkasie, Pennsylvania, in May 2021.

In 2019 Allen told PEOPLE magazine: “With Alexis being from my hometown, it is like always having a piece of home with me.

"We had an immediate connection. It was like we’d always known each other.”

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The pair have two daughters –  Naomi Bettie Allen, two, and Zara James Allen, 6-months.

Jimmie also has a son, Aadyn, 8, from a previous marriage.

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