This Maine native just got her first No. 1 hit as a songwriter

Amy Allen grew up in Maine and went on to attend Berklee College of Music in Boston.

ST PAUL, MN - DECEMBER 03:  Halsey performs onstage during 101.3 KDWB's Jingle Ball 2018 at Xcel Energy Center on December 3, 2018 in St Paul, Minnesota.  (Photo by Hannah Foslien/Getty Images for iHeartMedia)
Halsey performs onstage during 101.3 KDWB's Jingle Ball 2018 at Xcel Energy Center in St Paul, Minnesota, Dec. 3, 2018. –Hannah Foslien / Getty Images for iHeartMedia

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Maine native Amy Allen has her first No. 1 hit as a songwriter.

The Los Angeles songwriter tells the Portland Press Herald she’s “through-the-roof excited” that a song she co-wrote, “Without Me” by Halsey, reached No. 1 on Billboard’s Hot 100 pop music chart this week.

Allen grew up in Windham and graduated from Waynflete School in Portland. She attended Berklee College of Music in Boston, where she took a songwriting class taught by former “American Idol” judge Kara DioGuardi. In Boston, she formed a band that got her songs noticed.

The past year was good to Allen.

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She co-wrote “Back to You” by Selena Gomez and “When You’re Ready” on Shawn Mendes’ self-titled album. The latter album is nominated for a Grammy in the pop vocal album category.