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Alan Jackson Biography, Wiki, Age, Career, Family, Net Worth & More | Who Is Alan Jackson? Bio, Wiki

Who is Alan Jackson?

Alan Eugene Jackson (born October 17, 1958) is an American singer and songwriter. He is known for blending traditional honky-tonk and mainstream country-pop sounds (for a style widely regarded as “neotraditional country”), as well as penning many of his own songs. Jackson has recorded 16 studio albums, three greatest hits albums, two Christmas albums, and two gospel albums.

Country singer Alan Jackson reveals ‘no cure’ neurological disease

Country singer Alan Jackson reveals ‘no cure’ neurological disease

Alan Jackson is opening up to fans about a disease he’s been battling for years.

The 62-year-old country singer told the “Today” show that he’s been battling a “no cure” degenerative neurological condition called Charcot-Marie-Tooth disease for the better part of a decade.

“It’s not going to kill me. It’s not deadly,” Jackson said about the disease he inherited from his father.

“But it’s (to) muscular dystrophy and Parkinson’s disease,” he added, detailing how CMT has cut into the “Chattahoochee” musician’s ability to perform live.

“There’s no cure for it, but it’s been affecting me for years. And it’s getting more and more obvious. And I know I’m stumbling around onstage. And now I’m having a little trouble balancing, even in front of the microphone, and so I just feel very uncomfortable.”

Alan Jackson Biography, Wiki

Jackson was born on October 17, 1958, in Newnan, Georgia. His father, Joseph,  was a mechanic at the Ford Motor Company assembly plant and his mother, Ruth, was a dietician and school cafeteria manager. Jackson grew up in rural Georgia and lived with his parents and four older sisters in a house built around his grandfather’s old toolshed.

Shortly after marrying his high school sweetheart, Denise, in 1979, Jackson moved to Nashville, Tennessee to pursue a career in music. 

Alan Jackson is a country singer and songwriter who built his career around a “traditional country” musical style. He is best known for songs such as “Chattahoochee” and “Where Were You (When The World Stopped Turning),” which he wrote following the September 11th terrorist attacks.

Jackson has recorded 16 studio albums and three greatest hits albums, as well as two Christmas albums and a pair of gospel music albums. Over the course of his career, he has received two Grammy Awards and 16 CMA Awards.

Alan Jackson Biography
Alan Jackson
Birth name Alan Eugene Jackson
Born October 17, 1958 (age 62)
Newnan, Georgia, U.S.
Genres Neotraditional country, bluegrass, gospel
Occupation(s) Singer, songwriter, musician
Instruments Vocals, acoustic guitar
Years active 1983–present
Labels Arista NashvilleEMI NashvilleAlan’s Country
Associated acts Keith Stegall, George Jones, George Strait, Jimmy Buffett, The Wrights, Zac Brown Band, Hank Williams Jr.
Website alanjackson.com

Alan Jackson Career

After a long series of rejections, he finally landed a recording deal with Arista Records. The tremendous success of his debut album, Here in the Real World (1990), marked Jackson’s arrival among a group of country artists including Randy Travis, Clint Black, Travis Tritt, Garth Brooks, and Vince Gill that represented a new brand of traditionalism in country music and the end of the synthesized pop-country trend of the 1980s.

An accomplished songwriter, Jackson wrote much of his first album, which remained on the U.S. country charts for more than a year. His next two albums, Don’t Rock the Jukebox (1991) and A Lot About Livin’ (and a Little ‘Bout Love) (1992) were even bigger hits, spawning five No. 1 singles each.

Notable among these hits were “Love’s Got a Hold on You,” “Midnight in Montgomery” (Jackson’s tribute to the legendary country star Hank Williams), and “Chattahoochee.” With the 1994 release of his fifth album, Who I Am, Jackson’s record sales reached a total of over 10 million.

Throughout the course of his career, Jackson has been honored with over 45 awards from organizations like the Academy of Country Music (ACM) and the Country Music Association (CMA). He released his Greatest Hits album in 1995 and won eight major awards, including CMA Entertainer of the Year. Later albums included High Mileage (1998), Under the Influence (1999) and When Somebody Loves You (2000).

Alan Jackson Personal Life

Alan married Denise in 1979. Alan and Denise were batch mates in school and courted for a few years before tying the knot. The couple has three daughters named Matie Denise, Alexandra Jane, and Dani Grace.

Alan Jackson with his wife Denise Jackson
Alan Jackson with his wife Denise Jackson

Jackson is not the sole musician in his family. His nephew, Adam Wright, and his wife also play music together, the couple are known as ‘The Wrights’ in music circles.

Denise, Jackson’s wife, penned a book about the man titled ‘It’s All About Him: Finding The Love Of My Life’. This book speaks about the couple’s long relationship and the friction which surfaced between them due to adultery.

Alan Jackson’s Grammy Win

Jackson’s “Where Were You (When the World Stopped Turning),” a song commemorating those lost in the September 11th terror attacks, earned him his first Grammy Award for Best Country Song. He received four CMA Awards that year, tying with Johnny Cash for the most CMA wins in a year.

His 2006 gospel album, Precious Memories, was originally recorded as a gift to his mother. Some of Jackson’s later albums include What I Do (2004), Good Time (2008), and Angels and Alcohol (2015).

Alan Jackson Other Awards and Achievements

Jackson has been a recipient of around 20 awards from the ‘Academy of Country Music’, in a span of a decade. Notable among these were the ‘Song Of The Year’ and ‘Album Of The Year’ honors which he received in 1991 for ‘Don’t Rock The Jukebox’.

Alan Jackson at 'Country Music Awards'
Alan Jackson at ‘Country Music Awards’

In 2001 again, he bagged two awards at the ceremony hosted by ‘Academy of Country Music’. Both of these are for the song ‘Where Were You (When The World Was Stopping)’, which was based on the 9/11 attacks on the World Trade Centre.

He was honored fifteen times by the ‘Country Music Association’, for his contribution to the traditional style of art. A couple of these were in the ‘Song of the Year’ category for ‘Midnight in Montgomery’ as well as ‘Where Were You (When The World Stopped Turning)’.

In 2002, he received the prestigious Grammy award for ‘Where Were You (When The World Was Stopping)’ in the ‘Best Country Song’ category.

He shared a Grammy in 2011 with singer Zac Brown Bland for the song ‘As She’s Walking Away’, in the category ‘Best Country Collaboration With Vocals’.

Alan Jackson Major Works

Jackson was in the news during the early 2000s for a song titled ‘Murder on the Music Row’, through which he raised his voice against the decreasing popularity of country music.

Despite not being a part of an album, this song grabbed the top positions in various music charts. Jackson was hailed by all lovers of country music for doing his bit to keep the traditional style alive through this song.

Alan expressed his thoughts about the infamous 9/11 attacks on the World Trade Centre through his song ‘Where Were You (When The World Stopped Turning)’. The song was hugely praised by many music lovers and helped Alan fetch many awards, including the prestigious Grammy.

Alan Jackson’s Band Members

Jackson records his studio albums, in most part, with the backing of some of the members of his live band, the Strayhorns. As of 2017, the band consists of:

  • Monty Allen – acoustic guitar, harmony vocals
  • Scott Coney – acoustic and baritone guitars, banjo
  • Robbie Flint – steel guitar
  • Danny Groah – lead guitar
  • Ryan Joseph – fiddle, mandolin, harmony vocals
  • Bruce Rutherford – drums
  • Joey Schmidt – keyboards
  • Roger Wills – bass guitar

Alan Jackson FAQ’s

Who is Alan Jackson?

Alan Eugene Jackson (born October 17, 1958) is an American singer and songwriter. He is known for blending traditional honky-tonk and mainstream country-pop sounds (for a style widely regarded as “neotraditional country”), as well as penning many of his own songs. Jackson has recorded 16 studio albums, three greatest hits albums, two Christmas albums, and two gospel albums.

What happened to Alan Jackson?

The 62-year-old country singer told the “Today” show that he’s been battling a “no cure” degenerative neurological condition called Charcot-Marie-Tooth disease for the better part of a decade.

Who is Alan Jackson’s wife?

Alan married Denise in 1979. Alan and Denise were batch mates in school and courted for a few years before tying the knot. The couple has three daughters named Matie Denise, Alexandra Jane, and Dani Grace.

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