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Allen Shamblin

 Allen Shamblin was born in Tennessee and grew up in Huffman, Texas, about 30 miles outside of Houston. In August of 1987, Allen moved to Nashville, with 14 completed songs.  His vivid detail and honest, earthy lyrics quickly caught the ear of the Nashville music establishment.  In 1989, it was Randy Travis’ #1 version of “He Walked on Water,” which brought Allen to the forefront of the songwriting community seemingly overnight. This began a string of award winning songs throughout the 1990s and on into the new millennium such as “Walk On Faith”, In “This Life,” “Thinkin’ Problem,” “Life’s A Dance,” “We Were In Love,” “Don’t Laugh At Me,” “Live, Laugh, Love,” “Where The Blacktop Ends” and Dove Award winner “It’s In Gods Hands Now.” “I Can’t Make You Love Me,” a song co-written with Mike Reid and recorded by Bonnie Raitt was nominated for a Grammy Award and voted the #8 song of “The 100 Greatest Songs Of All Time” in the August 2000 issue of Mojo Magazine. In 2011, Allen was inducted into the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame. He also won the award for the 2011 ASCAP Country Song of the Year for “The House That Built Me” (recorded by Miranda Lambert). Allen has also co-authored two children’s books (Don’t Laugh At Me and A Chance To Shine) with his friend and songwriter, Steve Seskin. Don’t Laugh At Me has been translated into several languages and is being used by teachers throughout the United States and other parts of the world as an aid against bullying.  Allen has had more than 100 songs recorded by artists in several genres of music.

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Thursday, April 19

8:00pm PDT

Friday, April 20

9:45am PDT

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