Jimmie Allen gets by with a little help from his friends on his latest project, Bettie James, which features collaborations with Tim McGraw, Brad Paisley, Charley Pride, Darius Rucker, Mickey Guyton, Nelly, Noah Cyrus, The Oak Ridge Boys, Rita Wilson, and Tauren Wells. The Stoney Creek album is set for release July 10, and includes Allen’s current single “This Is Us” featuring Noah Cyrus, which has already garnered more than 25 million streams.
The project is inspired by and named after his late father, James Allen, and grandmother, Bettie Snead, who passed away in September 2019 and February 2014, respectively. “My dad and grandmom were two completely different people, but both played a huge part in my life. Since they died, I have been wanting to leave trails of their legacies throughout my music,” Allen said of his motivation for the project, which he co-produced alongside Ash Bowers.
“I am a fan of every artist on this project and humbled to have each one of them be a part of it,” continued Allen. “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.”
This afternoon, Allen co-hosts and performs on the CMA Summer Stay-Cay special with Lindsay Ell. The hosting pair appeared on Good Morning America this morning to talk about the multi-hour live stream event, which kicks off at 5 p.m. CT on CMA’s YouTube channel and Facebook page.