Jimmie Allen's songwriting career is rooted in the most unusual place. He was in middle school and was being bullied, but not because he liked to sing or because he liked country music or even the color of his skin.

The "Make Me Want To" singer was skinny and stuttered. How that led to songwriting is just one of 10 fascinating truths about Allen, many shared during his in-depth Taste of Country RISERS interview in April. The recently engaged Delaware native is tremendously honest about where he's been and the obstacles he's overcome, many of which are shocking for a man of his age.

These 10 facts reach back to his childhood and cover his family. The homelessness, the hustle, the heart attack? That's all included as well. Through it all, the "Best Shot" hitmaker has kept a charismatic sense of optimism that his time would come. Another famous hitmaker helped him with that, as you'll see below.

Allen was named the second Taste of Country RISER of 2019 in April, and he performed an acoustic version of his current single, "Make Me Want To," as well as a cover of "Unwell" by Matchbox Twenty. Both are hair-raising recreations. Listen as you scroll through this list of 10 things you didn't know about Jimmie Allen.

Here Are 10 Things You Didn't Know About Jimmie Allen