Allen Shamblin was born in
Tennessee and grew up in Huffman, Texas.
After attending Sam Houston State
and graduating with a marketing degree in 1982, he moved to Austin where he
worked as a real estate appraiser by day and honed his songwriting skills by
night. With 14 completed songs, he moved to Nashville in 1987. His “story songs”
quickly caught the attention of the Nashville music establishment.
In 1989, Randy Travis’s version
of Shamblin’s song, “He Walked On Water,” topped country music charts. It was
the beginning of a string of award-winning and chart-topping songs for Allen
which have included “Walk On Faith” (Mike Reid), “In This Life” (Collin Raye,)
“Thinkin’ Problem” (David Ball), “Life’s A Dance” (John Michael Montgomery), “We
Were In Love” (Toby Keith), “Don’t Laugh At Me” (Mark Wills), “Live, Laugh,
Love” (Clay Walker), “Where The Blacktop Ends” (Keith Urban) and Dove Award
winner “It’s In God’s Hands Now” (Anointed).
“I Can’t Make You Love Me,” a
song Shamblin co-wrote with Mike Reid, which was recorded by Bonnie Raitt, was
nominated for a Grammy Award. His song “The House That Built Me,” recorded by
Miranda Lambert, was named Song of the Year and Video of the Year at the 2011
Academy of Country Music Awards and the 2010 Country Music Association Awards.
In addition to the accolades his
songs have received, Shamblin will be inducted into the Nashville Songwriters
Hall of Fame on Oct. 16.
Shamblin has also co-authored two
children’s books, “Don’t Laugh At Me” and “A Chance To Shine,” with Steve
Seskin. “Don’t Laugh At Me” has been translated into several languages and is
being used by teachers as an aid against bullying.
Shamblin and his wife, Lori, live in Franklin, Tennessee, with their three children—Ashli, Caleb and Lindsey.