Jimmie Allen has made history with his debut single “Best Shot.” The Delaware native became the first black artist to score a career No.1 with a debut single at country radio.
He joins Darius Rucker as one of two to claim the top spot in country with their debut.
The news of his chart-topper comes just days after stepping out onto the CMA Awards stage to present the award for Single of the Year. The moment was extraordinarily special for Allen as two years ago he spent his last $100 on a ticket to the event.
“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 Allen in a press release. “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.”
“Best Shot” is the debut and lead single from Allen’s album Mercury Lane. The song was co-written by the singer with Josh London and JP Williams and comes from an extremely personal place.
“When you’re a better person, you can be a better husband, wife, parent or friend,” shared Allen. “In writing this song, we just wanted to be honest with ourselves and write something that others can empathize with.”
Allen will take his chart-topping hit out on the road as he continues to open for Scotty McCreery’s Seasons Change Tour and opens for select dates on Kane Brown’s Live Forever Tour.