Jimmie Allen to perform fundraisers in Dewey Beach

Milton country singer nominated for Best New Artist Grammy

By Craig Horleman
Posted 11/23/21

DEWEY BEACH — Fresh off of being named New Artist of the Year at the Country Music Association Awards earlier this month and his first Grammy nomination Tuesday, Jimmie Allen is coming home.

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Jimmie Allen to perform fundraisers in Dewey Beach

Milton country singer nominated for Best New Artist Grammy

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DEWEY BEACH — Fresh off of being named New Artist of the Year at the Country Music Association Awards earlier this month and his first Grammy nomination Tuesday, Jimmie Allen is coming home.

The Milton native and Cape Henlopen High School graduate will perform two concerts to benefit Mariner Middle School in Milton on Dec. 17 and 18 at the Rusty Rudder in Dewey Beach.

Tickets for the all-ages show go on sale Friday here.

On Nov. 10, Mr. Allen, 36, tearfully accepted the CMA New Artist of the Year award, and Tuesday, he was one of 10 to receive a Grammy Award nomination for Best New Artist.

Best New Artist was one of a handful of categories to have its field expanded by 10 this year. He is up against Arooj Aftab, Baby Keem, FINNEAS, Glass Animals, Japanese Breakfast, The Kid Laroi, Arlo Parks, Olivia Rodrigo and Saweetie.

Despite his widespread fame, Mr. Allen has made frequent appearances at area fundraisers in recent years, the last of which was a benefit May 10 to help the family of fallen Delmar Police Cpl. Keith Heacook. The singer performed an acoustic show at that event.

Cpl. Heacook, 54, was assaulted the morning of April 25 after being dispatched for a fight in progress. Three days later, he was declared dead. The man accused of attacking him has been charged with murder.

Mr. Allen also played a 2018 fundraiser for the Cape Henlopen Educational Association at the Rusty Rudder and appeared at one virtually last December.

Recently, he has been featured as a contestant on ABC’s hit show “Dancing With the Stars” and appeared Tuesday on “Good Morning America,” as the cast of the show sang “Happy Birthday” to host Robin Roberts.

The singer, known for his No. 1 country songs “Best Shot” and “Make Me Want To,” was also nominated for Best Country Performance at the CMA Awards for his duet with Noah Cyrus on “This Is Us.”

Mr. Allen had two more high-profile duets this year, “Freedom Was a Highway” with Brad Paisley and “Beauty in the Bones” from Elton John’s new album, “The Lockdown Sessions.”

“Freedom Was a Highway” is from Mr. Allen’s 16-track album “Bettie James Gold,” released in June, which features collaborations with Babyface, Keith Urban, Little Big Town and more.