From the moment he enters a room, it becomes clear that Jay Allen is here to tell his story. The tattoo-clad singer/songwriter has his heart inked on his sleeve – so to speak – and sings with conviction onstage that stems from the lessons his parents taught him and the music he heard around the house. Knowing the stage was the only place he wanted to be, Jay packed his bags five years ago and moved to Nashville.
“I had been living in Atlanta and Savannah, Georgia, working as a musical director at several churches when I made a quick decision to move to Nashville. A friend of a friend introduced me to an elderly couple in Hendersonville, TN that had a small apartment attached to the back of their house. By God's grace, they let me live rent-free until I got on my feet. It was the most humbling experience of my life.”