Jay Allen combines the grittiness of rock and roll with the tenderness of country ballads in his songs. Growing up near Cedar Falls, Iowa, Allen recalls his dad taking him to rock concerts and singing country at top of his lungs in the car with his mother. As Allen says, “Mom is the reason I believe country music chose me and ultimately why I ended up in Nashville.” Allen moved to Nashville in 2013, and by 2014 he had signed a publishing deal. In 2016 he signed with SONY/ATV. He released “Sounds Good to Me” in 2017, which Sirius XM selected as “The Highway Find.” In 2018, after seeing his mother suffer from early-onset Alzheimer’s Allen wrote “Blank Stares,” about the terrible ravages of the disease and his own personal loss, which has reached over 400 million views on Facebook. As a result of the song, Allen has been involved with several international events, such as the Rita Hayworth Gala, that have raised over $40 million dollars for the Alzheimer’s Association. Allen’s songwriting, his music, and his passion and energy caught the attention of Verge Records COO Mickey Jack Cones, who signed Allen as Verge’s flagship artist in 2019. On May 31, 2021, Allen and UMG country artist Kylie Morgan got engaged. Jay’s latest single “Whiskey Prayer” is out now.