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Country Star Alan Jackson: His Career Then & Now

Alan Jackson rehearses for the "2002 Academy of Country Music Awards" at the Universal Amphitheatre on May 21, 2002
October 17, 2020 - 16:05 / Sarah Schulz

Alan Jackson is an American singer-songwriter who has had an incredibly successful country music career. He has recorded a total of sixteen studio albums, three greatest hits albums, two Christmas albums, and two gospel albums throughout his career. 

Alan Eugene Jackson was born on October 17th, 1958 in Newnan, Georgia. Jackson sang in church as a child and wrote his first song in 1983 and in 1987, he cut an album titled New Traditional however it was very rare and only released in Japan. It wasn't until 1989 when Arista released his debut single "Blue Blooded Woman" that he started to get noticed.

Alan Jackson's many hits

Alan Jackson poses with an award backstage during the Songwriters Hall of Fame 49th Annual Induction and Awards Dinner at New York Marriott Marquis Hotel on June 14, 2018

Jackson's second album, Don't Rock the Jukebox was released in 1991 followed by many albums and hits like "Chattahoochee", "Livin' on Love", "Gone Country" and "She's Got the Rhythm (And I Got the Blues)." In the 2000s, Jackson and George Strait criticized the shift of country music towards pop music in the song "Murder on Music Row" and after the 9/11 terrorist attacks, Alan released the song "Where Were You (When the World Stopped Turning)" as a tribute to those killed in the attacks. 

Country music artist Alan Jackson holds the award he received for top male vocalist during the 31st Annual "Academy of Country Music Awards" 24 April 1996

Alan Jackson has most recently toured in 2016 and 2017 with American Idol alumni Lauren Alaina. His most recent song release is titled "The Older I Get", which came out in October 2017. 

Alan Jackson and Denise Jackson attend the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum Medallion Ceremony on October 22, 2017

Facts About Alan Jackson:

  • He has been married to his high school sweetheart Denise since 1979.
  • Alan and Denise have three daughters.
  • One of Alan Jackson's best friends is George Jones.
  • He has a collection at Cracker Barrel called the "Alan Jackson Collection".
  • He became a member of the Grand Ole Opry in 1991.
  • In 2017, Alan was inducted in the Country Music Hall of Fame.