Jimmie Allen celebrated the life and legacy of country music icon Charley Pride on Wednesday evening (August 25) with a performance on CMT Giants: Charley Pride.
The country hitmaker remembered the pioneering country star as “Country music superman.
“He definitely had a skin of steel to get through all the turbulence he had to face while pursuing his dream, but he also had a heart of gold,” Allen explained. “He taught me to never be ashamed of who I am and to make music that I love for the people I love. Talking with Mr. Charley Pride was like sitting down and talking to your grandfather. I’m just glad I got the chance to do it.
Allen took the stage to play “All I Have To Offer You (Is Me)”, the very first # 1 single from Pride.
Allen also praised Pride’s tenacity during the show, saying, “This guy, a man full of courage to just say, ‘You know what? I’m going to sing what the world considers “white music” in the 60s when there was still public lynchings of blacks.
Allen was the last artist to share the stage with Pride when they performed together at the 2020 CMA Music Awards. He gives the country music pioneer credit for paving the way for artists like himself within music. country.
“Everything my dad listened to was country music, so for a really long time when I saw country music videos, I just saw a bunch of white guys and I said to daddy, ‘This is great and stuff, but I don’t think I can ever be a country singer because of my skin color, ‘and he said,’ Well, let me play some music for you, ‘”he recalls. “So he played me a song and I was like, ‘Cool song’ but I said, ‘Ok, what’s the difference between him and the other country artists’ and he showed me a picture of Charley Pride and my world has changed. “
He later added, “Charley Pride brought equality and diversity back to country music.”
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Click above to watch Allen’s performance in honor of the Pride.
Charley Pride passed away on December 12, 2020. He celebrated over 50 years as a recording artist and made a lasting impact in the music community. Pride was a member of the three-time GRAMMY winner Grand Ole Opry, Winner of the Recording Academy Lifetime Achievement Award, winner of the CMA and ACM awards and member of the Country Music Hall of Fame. He has won 36 No.1 singles throughout his career.
CMT Giants: Charley Pride also featured performances by Alan Jackson, Darius Rucker, Garth Brooks, George Strait, Gladys Knight, Lee Ann Womack, Luke Combs, Mickey Guyton, Wynonna Judd and Pride’s son Dion.
In addition to the performances, the show included interviews with family, friends and collaborators, including Neal McCoy, Nolan Ryan, Reba McEntire, Ronnie Milsap and Pride’s wife Rozene, who shared their personal memories while reflecting on Pride’s enduring legacy. The special also featured rare stock photos, interviews and clips with commentary from the late Charley Pride.
The CMT special brought together the superstar friends of Pride and some of the biggest names in country music to celebrate its catalog of legendary hit songs.
CMT Giants: Charley Pride will again for an encore performance on Sunday August 29 at 12 / 11c on CMT.