42 Facts About Alan Jackson


Alan Eugene Jackson was born on October 17,1958 and is an American singer-songwriter.


Alan Jackson is known for performing a style widely regarded as "neotraditional country", as well as penning many of his own songs.


Alan Jackson is one of the best-selling music artists of all time, having sold over 75 million records worldwide, with 44 million sold in the United States alone.


Alan Jackson is the recipient of two Grammy Awards, 16 CMA Awards, 17 ACM Awards and nominee of multiple other awards.


Alan Jackson is a member of the Grand Ole Opry, and was inducted into the Georgia Music Hall of Fame in 2001.


Alan Jackson was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 2017 by Loretta Lynn and into the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame in 2018.


Alan Jackson's mother lived in the home until her death on January 7,2017.


Alan Jackson attended the local Elm Street Elementary and Newnan High School, and joined the band Dixie Steel after graduation.


In 1987, Alan Jackson cut a pre-debut demo album titled New Traditional at Doc's Place in Hendersonville, Tennessee, but it is extremely rare and was only released in Japan.


In Tennessee, Alan Jackson got his first job in The Nashville Network's mailroom.


Alan Jackson eventually signed with Arista, and in 1989, he became the first artist signed to the newly formed Arista Nashville branch of Arista Records.


Alan Jackson co-wrote several songs on Randy Travis' 1991 album High Lonesome.


In 1994, Alan Jackson left his management company, Ten Ten Management, which had overseen his career up to that point, and switched to Gary Overton.


Alan Jackson appeared in the 1996 "When Harry Kept Delores" episode of Home Improvement, performing "Mercury Blues".


In solidarity, Alan Jackson interrupted his own song and launched into Jones's song "Choices" and then walked offstage.


Alan Jackson released his second Christmas album, titled Let It Be Christmas on October 22,2002.


Jeannie Kendall contacted Alan Jackson to do a duet, and he suggested the song "Timeless and True Love"; the song appeared on her first solo album, released in 2003.


In early 2006, Alan Jackson released his first gospel music album entitled Precious Memories.


Alan Jackson put together the album at the request of his mother, who enjoyed religious music.


Alan Jackson considered this album a "side project" and nothing too official, but it was ultimately treated as such.


Just a few months later, Alan Jackson released his next album, Like Red on a Rose.


On November 23,2010, Alan Jackson released another greatest-hits package, entitled 34 Number Ones, which features a cover of the Johnny Cash hit "Ring of Fire", as well as the duet with Zac Brown Band, "As She's Walking Away".


Alan Jackson released his second gospel album, Precious Memories Volume II, on March 26,2013.


Later that same year, Alan Jackson released his first bluegrass album, simply titled The Bluegrass Album.


In 2014, Alan Jackson recorded the opening credits song, "A Million Ways to Die", for the film A Million Ways to Die in the West, co-writing the song with Seth MacFarlane and Joel McNeely.


In January 2015, Alan Jackson began his 25th anniversary "Keepin' It Country" tour, followed in April with the announcement of his twentieth studio album, Angels and Alcohol, which was released on July 17.


In 2016 and 2017, Alan Jackson extended his "Keepin' It Country" tour with American Idol alumna Lauren Alaina.


In October 2017, Alan Jackson released a new song titled "The Older I Get" for a planned future studio album.


Alan Jackson was nominated for four 1994 CMAs, including Entertainer of the Year.


Alan Jackson became a member of the Grand Ole Opry in 1991; he was inducted by Roy Acuff and Randy Travis.


Alan Jackson was selected to receive a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 2010.


In 2017, Alan Jackson was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame.


Alan Jackson headlined the 1995 Fruit of the Loom Comfort Tour, a deal worth $40 million.


In 2015, Alan Jackson kicked off his 25th Anniversary Keepin' It Country tour.


Alan Jackson married his high school sweetheart, Denise Alan Jackson, on December 15,1979.


Denise Alan Jackson wrote a book that topped The New York Times Best Seller list about her life with Alan Jackson, their relationship, their separation over his infidelity and recommitment to each other, and her commitment to Christianity.


Alan Jackson is a cousin of former Major League Baseball player Brandon Moss.


In June 2009, Alan Jackson listed his 135-acre estate just outside Franklin, Tennessee, for sale, asking $38 million.


Alan Jackson maintained a close friendship with fellow country singer George Jones.


Besides his associations with big stars, Alan Jackson maintains his connections to his roots and old friends.


At George Jones' funeral service, on May 2,2013, Alan Jackson performed one of Jones' classics, "He Stopped Loving Her Today," at the close of the service at the Grand Ole Opry in Nashville.


An avid classic car collector, Alan Jackson's collection includes an Amphicar, a 1968 Shelby GT 500 KR Convertible and a 1970 Chevelle SS 396, among others.