THE CMA NEW ARTIST OF THE YEAR & ACM NEW MALE ARTIST OF THE YEAR CLOSES OUT A SUCCESSFUL 2021 WITH A NOMINATION FOR BEST NEW ARTIST AT 64TH GRAMMY AWARDS
SET TO PERFORM TOP 10 SINGLE ‘FREEDOM WAS A HIGHWAY’ ON ‘THE LATE LATE SHOW WITH JAMES CORDEN’ THIS WEEK
Credit: Shea Flynn
LONDON, UK. – (15 December, 2021) – Chart-topping, platinum-selling recording artist and current Best New Artist of the Year (all-genre) GRAMMY nominee Jimmie Allen’s dynamic album Bettie James Gold Edition will be available to purchase on CD from 21 January, 2022, and is now available to pre-order here.
Released to stream/download earlier this year, the 16-track album doubles down on Allen’s expansive love for music across genres, with nine collaborations in addition to the seven previously featured on his critically acclaimed July 2020 project Bettie James, named in homage to Allen’s late father, James Allen, and late grandmother, Bettie Snead.
Featured artists on Bettie James Gold Edition include Nelly, Keith Urban, Babyface, BRELAND, Keith Urban, LANCO, Mickey Guyton, Lindsay Ell, Little Big Town, Monica, Darius Rucker, Charley Pride, Noah Cyrus, Tim McGraw Pitbull, teamwork. and Vikina.
The album includes the current US Top 10 chart-climbing single with Brad Paisley, ‘Freedom Was a Highway,’ which Allen will perform on The Late Late Show With James Corden, airing in the US on CBS (Wed, 15 Dec) and on Sky Comedy in the UK (Thurs, 16 Dec, 11:35pm GMT).
“When it comes to music I love, I don’t really get wrapped up in boundaries or genres. I thought we were gonna stop with the collaborations with Bettie James, and then I was like man, there’s so much music out there that I love, so many artists that I love, and I just wasn’t done,” Allen says of the impetus for BettieJames Gold Edition. “There’s some Pop, there’s some Rock, there’s some Country, there’s some R&B. I got a chance to work with legends! When I was writing some of the songs, I was trying to picture each moment. I went to each artist to work with them so they could be who they are on the song and bring their greatness to the song – I feel like that’s what makes the songs better. I’m super proud of the body of work of this album.”
The physical release of Bettie James Gold Edition in 2022 will follow a monumental 2021 for Allen, which saw him publish his first children’s book My Voice Is a Trumpet, take home the trophy for New Male Artist of the Year at the 56th Academy of Country Music Awards and New Artist of the Year at the 55th Annual CMA Awards, receive his first GRAMMY nomination, hit the road with country superstar Brad Paisley, serve as Executive Music Producer for the Netflix series Titletown High, perform at the Kennedy Center Honorsin tribute to Garth Brooks, appear on Elton John’s newest album The Lockdown Sessions with the track ‘Beauty In The Bones,’ and make it to the quarterfinals on Dancing with the Stars (US),among other professional highlights.
“Jimmie Allen is a hit-making country artist… [Bettie James] does feel it is some kind of announcement of his arrival…” – NPR Music
“[Bettie James] is a powerful statement from a developing voice.” – Billboard
“Allen stuns with R&B inspired tunes in the country lane.” – The Independent
“This [Bettie James] is just terrific, it really is.” – Bob Harris, BBC Radio 2
Bettie James Gold Edition Track List:
1. “Get Country” – Jimmie Allen, LOCASH
2. “Home Sweet Hometown” – Jimmie Allen, LANCO
3. “Flavor (feat. Vikina)” – Jimmie Allen, Pitbull, teamwork.
4. “Somebody” – Jimmie Allen, BRELAND, Lathan Warlick
5. “Pray” – Jimmie Allen, Monica, Little Big Town
6. “Boy Gets A Truck” – Jimmie Allen, Keith Urban
7. “Livin’ Man” – Jimmie Allen, Neon Union
8. “Tequila Talkin’” – Jimmie Allen, Lindsay Ell, teamwork.
9. “Forever” – Jimmie Allen, Babyface
10. “Good Times Roll” – Jimmie Allen, Nelly
11. “Drunk & I Miss You” – Jimmie Allen, Mickey Guyton
12. “Made For These” – Jimmie Allen, Tim McGraw
13. “Freedom Was A Highway” – Jimmie Allen, Brad Paisley
14. “Why Things Happen” – Jimmie Allen, Darius Rucker, Charley Pride
15. “When This Is Over (feat. The Oak Ridge Boys)” – Jimmie Allen, Tauren Wells, Rita Wilson
16. “This Is Us” – Jimmie Allen, Noah Cyrus
Allen will be featured on BBC Radio Two and BBC Four’sCMA Country Christmas on the 23rd and 24th December and will celebrate Christmas from one of his favorite places – Walt Disney World Resort – as he performs his rendition of ‘White Christmas’ for the beloved Disney Parks Magical Christmas Day Parade airing Christmas Day on ABC at 10am ET / 4pm GMT.