Jimmie Allen is spotlighting family and some famous friends for his next recording project, a new collaborations EP titled Bettie James.
Named in honor of his late grandmother, Bettie, and late father, James, the seven-track EP is set to arrive on July 10 and features a wide range of big names from across musical spectrum. And according to Allen, it’s a project that’s been building in his mind for years.
“My dad and grandmom were two completely different people, but both played a huge part in my life,” he says in a press statement. “Since they died, I have been wanting to leave trails of their legacies throughout my music.”
Allen’s grandmother passed away in 2014, and his father in 2019. Guests artists on the project will include Brad Paisley, Charley Pride, Darius Rucker, Mickey Guyton, hip hop star Nelly, Noah Cyrus, The Oak Ridge Boys, Rita Wilson, Christian artist Tauren Wells and Tim McGraw.
“I am a fan of every artist on this project and humbled to have each one of them be a part of it,” Allen says. “Each artist has touched the life of my dad, my grandmother and me through their music. I’m proud of this body of music and thankful to every writer that helped me create Bettie James.”
New project will include current single “This Is Us” featuring Cyrus, but the full track list won’t be revealed until next week. Allen’s also been teasing a new song on his social media over the last few days.