Life’s a lot easier when you can make fun of yourself, and that’s exactly what Jimmie Allen is doing.
The life of a country music star can be hard. Singing in front of thousands of people, traveling on the road in a tour bus, and doing multiple interviews over Zoom at once can prove to be super challenging. Especially when you have a lazy eye, according to Jimmie Allen.
Allen shares this clip on Twitter of he and Willie Nelson Lifetime Achievement Award recipient Charley Pride. Then he writes, “When you’re doing zoom interviews with like 20 people at once and tryna find who’s talking 😂😂😂😂. I was lost and my lazy eye was struggling😂😂”
Allen can be heard laughing at himself in the video, as well as interview questions being asked.
Jimmie Allen Presents Pride with Award
At the 54th CMA Awards, Jimmie Allen performed alongside Charley Pride. The two sang “Best Shot” and “Kiss an Angel Good Mornin.'”
Allen also awarded Pride with the Willie Nelson Lifetime Achievement Award. Pride led the way in the country music genre for racial equality in the industry. The legend struggled to get a recording contract when he first arrived in Nashville. Pride finally signed with RCA Victor in 1965, with the backing of producer Jack Clement.
After putting out his first single, “The Snakes Crawl at Night,” country music audiences looked past the color of Pride’s skin, being drawn instead to his baritone voice, clarity, and simplicity of his singing.
Allen’s Aligning with More than One Type of Audience
Next year, Jimmie Allen’s releasing a children’s book called, My Voice Is a Trumpet. He’s hoping to connect with the younger crowd on an important topic.
The book is meant to encourage children to use their voice. As a matter of fact, he’s using a variety of animals in the book to share the power of speaking up.
Allen continues to use his voice and by speaking out about the racial inequality in the country music industry, and also the United States. He often touches on what it’s like to be one of the few, well-known black country music artists.