Jimmie Allen has had quite an exciting year. The country singer was nominated for New Artist of the Year at the 2020 CMA Awards and was able to perform an opening number introducing Charley Pride's Willie Nelson Lifetime Achievement Award. He was even recently named Best New Artist of the Year at the 2021 ACM Awards alongside Gabby Barrett. Allen was one of a record-breaking four black artists to be nominated this year along with Mickey Guyton, John Legend, and Kane Brown, the first black artist to win for Video of the Year. As if that wasn't impressive enough, Allen is going on tour this year with Brad Paisley!
"Best Shot" and "Make Me Want To" have helped Allen kick off his country music career on a high note, and through all of his recent successes in Nashville, Allen has had fiancé Alexis Gale by his side.
Jimmie Allen is originally from Milton, Delaware, the same hometown as Alexis Gale, a nurse. The couple was introduced by his cousin's wife and it was a pretty instantaneous connection.
"With Alexis being from my hometown, it is like always having a piece of home with me. We had an immediate connection," Allen told PEOPLE. "It was like we'd always known each other."
The country star knew that Gale was special when he saw her interacting with his son from a previous relationship, Aadyn.
"Her smile melts me, her pure heart challenges me to love better, the way she motivates and supports me is unlike anything I've ever seen, the way she loves me and my son is unlike anything I've ever experienced. It feels incredible to find the type of love I've been writing songs about all these years!"
The couple met in the Spring of 2019 and just a few months later in June, Allen popped the question in front of family and friends in front of the castle at Disney World's Magic Kingdom. Talk about a real-life fairytale! Apparently, Allen is an avid Disney fan and has visited Disney World a whopping 49 times.
In March 2020, the couple welcomed their first child together, daughter Naomi Bettie Allen. The name Bettie was in honor of Allen's grandmother, which is definitely adorable.
Allen's debut album Mercury Lane was released in 2018, so the country singer has really been busy the past couple of years. In 2020, he released a star-studded EP full of major country artists, Bettie James, which includes duets with Mickey Guyton, Darius Rucker, Tim McGraw, Nelly ("Good Times Roll" is such a jam), The Oak Ridge Boys, and Rita Wilson. He even released a single, "This Is Us," featuring Noah Cyrus. Jimmie Allen is on fire right now on country radio and we can't wait to follow along to see what's next for him and his sweet family.
This article was originally published in 2020.