Alan Eugene Jackson is an American singer and composer who was born on October 17, 1958. He’s recognized for fusing traditional honky-tonk and mainstream country music sounds (a style dubbed “neotraditional country”), as well as writing many of his own tunes.
Jackson has 16 studio albums, three greatest hits albums, two holiday albums, and two gospel albums to his credit.
Jackson is one of the best-selling musicians of all time, with over 75 million albums sold worldwide, including 44 million in the United States alone.
He has 66 tracks on the Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks chart, with 38 of the 66 titles and six featured singles reaching the top five and 35 reaching number one.
Nine albums have been certified multi-platinum on the Billboard Top Country Albums chart, out of a total of 15. He has won two Grammy Honors, 16 CMA Awards, 17 ACM Awards, and has been nominated for numerous additional awards.
He was inducted into the Georgia Music Hall of Fame in 2001 and is a member of the Grand Ole Opry.
Jackson had four older sisters and was born in Newnan, Georgia, to Joseph Eugene “Daddy Gene” Jackson (1927–2000) and Ruth Musick “Mama Ruth” Jackson (1930–2017).
His family and he shared a modest house built around his grandfather’s old toolshed. The majority of the family is of English ancestry.
His mother remained in the house until January 7, 2017, when she died. In 1983, he began writing music.
Jackson grew up listening to church music until he was introduced to Gene Watson, John Anderson, and Hank Williams Jr. by a buddy. Jackson went to Elm Street Elementary and Newnan High School, and after graduation, he joined the band Dixie Steel.
When Jackson was 27, he and his six-year-old wife, Denise, relocated from Newnan to Nashville, Tennessee, with the intention of pursuing music full-time.
Jackson recorded the album New Traditional in Hendersonville, Tennessee in 1987, however it is incredibly uncommon and was only published in Japan.
Jackson’s first employment in Tennessee was in the mailroom of The Nashville Network. Denise, his wife, was a flight attendant. She met Glen Campbell while working and asked him for advise for her spouse.
Campbell gave her his manager’s business card and instructed her to call, which helped him launch his career. Jackson later signed with Arista Records, and in 1989, he was the first artist to sign with the newly founded Arista Nashville label.
Jackson’s first song, “Blue Blooded Woman,” was released by Arista in late 1989. Despite the song’s failure to chart in the top 40 of Hot Country Songs, he was able to hit number three with “Here in the Real World” in early 1990.
This song was the lead single from his debut studio album, Here in the Real World, which featured two more top five successes (“Wanted” and “Chasin’ That Neon Rainbow”), as well as his first number one, “I’d Love You All Over Again.” Jackson’s second album was titled Don’t Rock the Jukebox. It had four number-one hits when it was released in 1991:
“Someday,” “Dallas,” and “Love’s Got a Hold on You,” as well as “Midnight in Montgomery,” which reached number three. Jackson also contributed to Randy Travis’ 1991 album High Lonesome, co-writing many tracks.
His third album, A Lot About Livin’ (And a Little ’bout Love), featured the number one hits “She’s Got the Rhythm (And I Got the Blues)” (co-written by Randy Travis) and “Chattahoochee,” as well as the top five hits “Tonight I Climbed the Wall,” “Mercury Blues,” and “(Who Says) You Can’t Have It All.” He also received the 1994 Country Music Association Award for “Chattahoochee.”
The Country Music Association (CMA) has given out awards for Single and Song of the Year. In 1994, Jackson shifted from Ten Ten Management, which had been in charge of his career up to that time, to Gary Overton.
His fourth album, Who I Am, included four number one singles, including a remake of Eddie Cochran’s rockabilly classic “Summertime Blues,” as well as “Livin’ on Love,” “Gone Country,” and “I Don’t Even Know Your Name.”
A cover of Rodney Crowell’s “Song for the Life,” a bonus track from the album, reached number six. Clay Walker’s song “If I Could Make a Living,” which Jackson co-wrote, reached number one in late 1994.
Induction into the Georgia Music Hall of Fame, nominations, and awards
He was nominated for six Country Music Association Awards in 1989. (CMAs).
He was nominated for four Country Music Association awards in 1994, including Entertainer of the Year.
In 1991, Michael Jackson was inducted into the Grand Ole Opry by Roy Acuff and Randy Travis. At the 29th annual TNN/Music City News Country Awards, which were televised live from the Grand Ole Opry House on June 5, Jackson received the most nominations.
Best performer, male singer, vocal duet, album, song, and video were among his six nominations (two nominations in this category).
Jackson set a record for the most nominations in a single year (ten) at the 2002 CMA Awards, with many of them stemming from the song “Where Were You.” It also pushed his career total to the second-highest amount of nominations ever, trailing only George Strait.
“Where Were You” received a Grammy nomination for Song of the Year. Jackson received Album of the Year and Video of the Year at the 2003 Academy of Country Music Awards for his album Drive and the video for “Drive (For Daddy Gene).”
In 2004, a five-mile (8-kilometer) segment of Interstate 85 in Jackson’s hometown of Newnan was dubbed the “Alan Jackson Highway.” He expressed his gratitude after learning of the distinction “Growing up in [Newnan] was a wonderful experience.
I’m not sure I’m up to the task of driving on the main highway. Maybe they should’ve taken a dirt road instead.” On October 22, 2001, in Atlanta, Jackson was inducted into the Georgia Music Hall of Fame. In 2010, Alan Jackson was honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Alan Jackson was enshrined in the Country Music Hall of Fame in 2017.
On December 15, 1979, Jackson married Denise Jackson, his high school sweetheart. Mattie Denise Selecman (born June 19, 1990), Alexandra Jane “Ali” (born August 23, 1993), and Dani Grace Selecman are their three daughters (born August 28, 1997).
Despite a brief separation in 1998 due to the demands of Jackson’s work as well as his adultery, the couple has since reconciled. Jackson’s compositions “She Likes It Too” and “Remember When,” based on his memories and the warm ideas of an everlasting love between his wife and him, mention their story.
Denise Jackson authored a book about her life with Jackson, their romance, their separation over his adultery and recommitment to each other, as well as her commitment to Christianity, which topped the New York Times Best Seller list. In 2007, the book It’s All About Him: Finding the Love of My Life was released.
In May 2008, she published “The Road Home,” a gift book. Adam Wright, Jackson’s nephew, is a country music singer-songwriter. The Wrights, Adam and his wife Shannon, are a husband-and-wife duet.
On Michael Jackson’s What I Do album, the Wrights co-wrote two tracks and contributed harmony vocals. Brandon Moss, a former Major League Baseball player, is Jackson’s cousin.
Jackson offered his 135-acre (0.55 km2) estate outside Franklin, Tennessee, for sale in June 2009, asking $38 million. The home sold for $28 million in late May 2010, making it one of the most expensive home sales in Nashville history.
After moving his estate just outside of Franklin in 2010, Jackson moved into a property in the same Nashville suburb. The musician and his wife paid $3.675 million for the residence in June 2010, but it was advertised for $3.995 million less than a year later.
George Jones, a fellow country singer, was a close friend of Jackson’s. Jones was mentioned in songs like “Don’t Rock the Jukebox” (for which he also appears in the video) and “Murder on Music Row.”
Alan merely wants to lie low and play possum, possum referring to George Jones, according to the song “Just Playin’ Possum,” which is dedicated to him. Jones also appears in the music video for “Good Time.”
Jones was a surprise attendee at Jackson’s “CMT Giants” ceremony in 2008, where he expressed gratitude for Jackson’s relationship. He’s also good pals with George Strait, with whom he sang “Murder on Music Row.”
Alan still keeps in touch with his roots and old pals. It was clear from the start that Alan was going to be Newnan’s rising star, as he played the guitar with his old high school friend and fellow musician David “Bird” Burgess on the Burgess family front porch.
Despite the fact that “Bird” Burgess has left country music to pursue other interests, the two have remained friends. On May 2, 2013, at George Jones’ memorial service at the Grand Ole Opry in Nashville, Jackson played one of Jones’ favorites, “He Stopped Loving Her Today,” towards the end of the event.
Jackson’s antique car collection includes an Amphicar, a 1968 Shelby GT 500 KR Convertible, and a 1969 Shelby GT 500 KR Convertible.
The American Music Awards are held annually in the United States.
“Chattahoochee” won the American Music Award for Favorite Country Single in 1993. “A Lot About Livin’ (And a Little About Love)” won the American Music Award for Favorite Country Album in 1993.
The Academy of Country Music is a non-profit organization dedicated to the
Male Vocalist of the Year in 1990
“Don’t Rock the Jukebox” was named Album of the Year in 1991.
“Don’t Rock the Jukebox” was named Single of the Year in 1991.
“A Lot About Livin’ (And a Little About Love)” was named Album of the Year in 1993.
“Chattahoochee” was named Single of the Year in 1993.
Top Male Vocalist in 1994
1995 Male Vocalist of the Year
“Where Were You (When the World Stopped Turning)” was named 2001 Single of the Year.
“Where Were You (When the World Stopped Turning)” was named Song of the Year in 2001.
Male Vocalist of the Year in 2001
“Drive” was named Album of the Year in 2002.
Entertainer of the Year in 2002
“Where Were You (When the World Stopped Turning)” was named Single of the Year in 2002.
“Where Were You (When the World Stopped Turning)” was named Song of the Year in 2002.
Entertainer of the Year in 2003
Male Vocalist of the Year in 2003
Jimmy Buffett’s “It’s Five O’Clock Somewhere” was named 2003 Vocal Event of the Year.
Grammy Awards (Grammys)
“Where Were You (When the World Stopped Turning)” won Best Country Song in 2002.
“As She’s Walking Away,” by Zac Brown Band, won Best Country Collaboration with Vocals in 2011.
The ICM Awards are given out every year.
ASCAP Awards for 2014 Man Stream Country Male Artist of the Year
Golden Boot Awards for Heritage Award, 2014 Country Music Award
“The Bluegrass Album” was named Album of the Year in 2014.
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