“A country song is a song about life.” Alan Jackson
Alan Jackson is basically country music royalty. Since he became active in the music industry in 1983, he has released 16 studio albums, three greatest hits albums, two Christmas albums, two gospel albums and put out numerous compilation cds. His most recent album entitled, The Bluegrass Album was released in September of 2013. He has remarked about bluegrass: “as country music’s gotten away from its rootsy sound in the last few years, I find myself listening more to bluegrass. It’s some of the last real music out there.”
Throughout his career so far, Jackson has had 35 number one hits, 17 CMA Awards, 16 ACM Awards, two Grammy awards, two American Music Awards, two Billboard awards and a slew of other awards from a wide variety of places.
Alan Jackson was born in Newnan, Georgia, and grew up listening to primarily gospel music. A friend eventually introduced him to the world of county music with greats such as Gene Watson, John Anderson and Hank Williams Jr.
Jackson started a band when he was still in high school, and some years later, he moved with his high school sweetheart turned wife, Denise, to Nashville, where he could pursue his dream of becoming a full time musician.
Upon arriving in Nashville, Jackson got a job in the mailroom of the Nashville Network, which was a country music orientated cable television station. It’s a job he says helped him learn a lot about the music business and gave him insights he wouldn’t have got otherwise. In his spare time, Jackson was recording and writing music, as well as going around doing showcases for various labels. By 1989, Alan Jackson was the first person signed to the Nashville branch of Arista Records, a record label started from scratch by songwriter Tim DuBois.
His first single, “Blue Blooded Woman”, peaked in the 40s on the country music charts, but by early 1990, his song “Here in the Real World”, had reached number three. The album by the same name also included two more top five hits, as well as his first number one hit, “I’ll Love You All Over Again”. His follow up album, Don’t Rock the Jukebox, which was released in 1991, went on to have four number one hit singles.
Jackson’s third album, A Lot About Livin’ (and A Little ‘Bout Love), contained one of his biggest and most recognizable hits to date: “Chattahoochee”, a song which also earned him the 1994 Country Music Association award for Single and Song of the Year. Throughout the 90s, he released several more albums, all of which contained hit singles. He also released his first greatest hits CD during this time.
As country music began to delve into more of a pop influenced sound, Alan Jackson always stuck to his country roots. This issue was actually addressed in his song, “Murder on Music Row”, in which he and his friend George Strait lamented the state of country music. After the 9/11 terrorist attacks, Jackson released a song he wrote titled, “Where Were You (When the World Stopped Turning). This song became a hit, even throughout mainstream music, and Jackson won the 2002 Grammy Award for Best Country Song.
In 2006, Jackson released his first gospel album entitled, Precious Memories, which was essentially a gift to his mother because she enjoys religious music so much.
Throughout the next several years, Jackson continued to release albums, all of which performed well on the country music charts. He won another Grammy Award in 2011 for Best Country Collaboration with Vocals, for his song with Zac Brown Band, “As She’s Walking Away”. Through his career, Jackson has been nominated for a record number of awards. He was inducted into the Georgia Music Hall of Fame in 2001, and he received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 2010. He has continued to make his mark on the country music industry, and has cemented himself as one of the best traditional country music artists there has ever been.
“As long as I’m still able to have a hit on the radio and sell a few albums and some tickets, I don’t see that it would be worth retiring.” Alan Jackson
Alan Jackson will be playing at the Fallsview Casino Resort on January 21 and 22 at 8:30PM. Tickets are available by calling 1-877-833-3110 or visiting www.ticketmaster.ca