Allen’s story will sound familiar to many; faced with some serious personal challenges as he entered his teenage years, country music became his lifeline and songwriting the outlet for his pain and frustration. Allen made a promise to himself that he would make country music his career, even though – thanks to his wife – tattooing eventually helped pay the bills. Allen is well on his way to keeping that promise, as his previous album Judgement Day garnered rave reviews from such prestigious outlets as No Depression, Roots Music Canada, and For Folk’s Sake (UK).


It all marks a fresh beginning for Allen, who recorded his latest material with producer Jeff “Diesel” Dalziel (Brett Kissel, The Washboard Union, Andrew Hyatt). Allen’s style remains as honest and true-to-life as ever, but after years of forging a devoted fan base as an independent artist, the time has finally come to take the next step and reach more ears.


“All I had was my voice and a guitar, so country music was really the only way to go for me,” Allen says. “I’ve always loved how simple and direct great country songs are. They go straight to the heart, and that’s what I’ve always tried to achieve with songs I write. I feel like my favourite artists are speaking specifically to me, and I hope people have that feeling when they hear my songs.”


Indeed, just as a tattoo is permanent, Aaron Allen’s songs make an emotional impact just as lasting. Look for him to soon be included in the conversation about Canada’s most promising country music stars.