Is Jimmie Allen’s ‘Best Shot’ a Hit? Listen and Sound Off!
Jimmie Allen's introductory single "Best Shot" spotlights his songwriting gifts more than his vocal talents. The tightly-worded love song is the kind of single any superstar in the genre would have coveted.
The acoustic ballad relies on a personal interpretation, and Allen sings "Best Shot" like his forever love is sitting just across the couch from him. It's vulnerable and seductive — this is the sort of love song that's easy to sing along with after just one listen. Possible wedding song of the year? It's going to need to grow roots first, but sure. That's what it's made for.
A smooth melody requires a narrow vocal range, but there's evidence that Allen is capable of a true vocal showcase, as well. The tenderness he brings to the final chorus isn't something every singer in Nashville can do. Near the end he does reach for a few high notes, and it's just enough to separate him from every other guy in Music City. Lyrically, he's already done that by this point. "Best Shot" is an example of a song that would be more likely to earn Song of the Year honors than Single of the Year.
Did You Know?: Not long after moving to Nashville, Allen found himself living in his car because the landlord of the trailer he was renting sold it.
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Jimmie Allen's "Best Shot" Lyrics:
I'm just flesh and bone, heart and soul / And I've earned a couple scars / I've let once in a lifetime kind of things slide right out of my arms / I've struck out, I've been knocked down more times than I can count / But that don't matter now.
'Cause when you smile / I see the sun sink down on a coast out in California / And there's no doubt because of you, I'm not the man I was before you / I'm not saying that I'm perfect / Oh 'cause girl you know I'm not / But I'll love you with everything I've got / Girl I'll give you my best shot.
You saw a spark inside of me that no one else could find / Your good morning eyes, they get me high / Girl you're always on my mind.
When I saw you for the first time / I knew I'd found amazing grace / It's like angels singing every time I hear your name.