Successful black country singers are extremely rare due to a number of factors that continue to plague the genre. Country music is basically considered the music of the Southern Whites, largely due to their dominance of the genre and the tendency of country to focus on this group. Even Lil Nas X, who has since enjoyed tremendous success as a singer and songwriter, was snubbed at the 2019 Country Music Awards despite “Old Town Road” gaining prominence, at the time, in to be America’s longest-running number one song. All the time.
Despite the obstacles this genre throws at them, a number of exceptionally talented black musicians have made their way to the top of the Billboard country music charts. Among them is Jimmie Allen, a 36-year-old American country singer from Delaware and Nashville, Tennessee.
Allen has pursued his musical career for decades. In his early years, he struggled tremendously with this goal. He experienced persistent poverty in his early days in Nashville and was denied places in both America has talent and American Idol. Through some of the connections he made in auditions and prelims, Allen’s involvement in these shows ultimately helped pave the way for his future in country music.
After befriending and playing with Scotty McCreery, who won Season 10 of American IdolAllen began to make real progress towards his dream of being a country music star. He got a publishing deal in 2016 and released his first official single in 2018. This single, “Best Shot”, propelled him into mainstream popularity. Numerous awards, a new baby and a hit album later, he became the first black solo artist to win the New Male Artist of the Year award at the 2021 Academy of Country Music Awards.
All of this success has seen Allen’s earnings skyrocket over the past decade. The vast majority of his personal fortune comes from his flourishing musical career, which is still in its infancy. Despite this, his net worth is estimated to be around $ 1.5 million, according to Exact Net Worth. Once it has become a household name for a decade or two, that number is likely to double many times over. Allen isn’t too focused on growing his wealth yet, however. Instead, he’s busy enjoying parenting – he has a six-year-old and a one-year-old – as well as building his fan base and planning his next album. He is also enjoying his run on season 30 of Dancing with the stars.