Allen Shamblin
Get Allen Shamblin essential facts below. View Videos or join the Allen Shamblin discussion. Add Allen Shamblin to your topic list for future reference or share this resource on social media.
Allen Shamblin
Allen Shamblin

Allen Shamblin is a country music songwriter who was born in Tennessee, and was brought up in Huffman, Texas.

After graduating from Sam Houston State University he worked in Austin as a real estate appraiser. In 1987, he quit his job and moved to Nashville to pursue a career as a songwriter. He supported himself by parking cars and working in a warehouse. During live shows he tells stories about his parents sending him money so he could survive. In 1990, Randy Travis took a song Shamblin wrote, about his great-grandfather,[1] to number one on the country charts. After "He Walked on Water", he followed it up with four more number one songs including: "We Were in Love," "In This Life" and "Walk on Faith."[2] He often co-writes with other songwriters. He co-wrote with Steve Seskin for number one hits with "Life is a Dance" and "Don't Laugh at Me." "Don't Laugh at Me" was a hit for Mark Wills and was later recorded by Peter, Paul and Mary resulting in a school program designed to teach children tolerance and prevent bullying in the playground. His biggest song, "I Can't Make You Love Me," was co-written with Mike Reid and was a hit for Bonnie Raitt. His song "The House that Built Me", co-written with Tom Douglas, won a Grammy as sung by Miranda Lambert.[3]

In 2009, Shamblin was inducted into The Texas Heritage Songwriters Association Hall of Fame on March 1, 2009 at the Paramount Theater in Austin, Texas.[4] In 2011 he was inducted into the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame.[5]



  1. ^ ""ROWFAX Column # 18 (March, 2013): The Producer's Chair: Allen Shamblin" by James Rea". Archived from the original on 2014-04-22. Retrieved .
  2. ^ [1]
  3. ^ [2]
  4. ^ [3]
  5. ^ [4]

External links

  This article uses material from the Wikipedia page available here. It is released under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share-Alike License 3.0.



Music Scenes