Country music artist Jimmie Allen is getting candid with his fans and followers about the struggles he faces with mental health.
In a black-and-white four minute video posted to Instagram, the artist put his feelings into an acoustic rendition of an untitled song.
“I’ll smile for the cameras and say I’m ok. I’m broken to pieces and no one can see it. Truth is I’m always on the edge, trying to find the point of living, I’m barely hanging on, and no one can see that I’m constantly fighting with me,” Allen sings.
The video’s caption reads: “‘Untitled Song’ wrote this song about how I feel a lot of the time. Mental illness is something I have struggled with my entire life. Everyday is a constant battle with myself. To everyone struggling remember you’re not alone and it’s ok to say you’re not ok.”
The video gained hundreds of comments from friends and followers, either offering support, or even some opening up and sharing their struggles as well.
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“Thanks for sharing. I felt every word;” “I’m feeling every single note and word as if you’re reading my mind;” “Thank you for being vulnerable. This touched me;” some of the comments read.
The father of two has been very open about his upbringing, even sharing his experience of being homeless when moving to Nashville to pursue his dreams in country music. Allen, from Delaware, lived in his car for several months to make ends meet.
In 2020, the singer opened up about his struggles with anxiety. Allen lost his father in 2019 and wrote the song “Down Home” about his dad and their relationship.
This isn’t the first time the artist has been extremely vulnerable through his music. Fans seem to resonate with his lyrics, and appreciate him for sharing his gift with them.
Let us know what you think of the untitled song by sending us a tweet at @CS_Country.
If you or someone you know has a mental illness, is struggling emotionally, or has concerns about their mental health, there are ways to get help here.