Alan Jackson


There is a certain kind of charm inherent to Alan Jackson�s approach to country music. In an era when popular county music takes as much inspiration from pop and rock as folk and bluegrass, Alan Jackson�s music eschews more modern trends in favor of a traditional sound deeply rooted in the works of classic country artists like Hank Williams and Ernest Tubb. It takes a skilled songwriter to craft music with old-school sensibilities that remains timely and popular in the modern day.

Alan Eugene Jackson was born in Newnan, Georgia in 1958. As a youngster, Alan was not particularly enthusiastic about music, mostly listening to gospel. This changed in high school, when a friend introduced him to country music. Within six years, Alan and his wife Denise moved to Nashville, Tennessee to pursue a full-time musical career. While in Nashville, his wife�s connections with country great Glen Campbell landed him a recording contract with prominent record label Arista Nashville in 1989.

His first four albums with Arista were wildly successful; Here in the Real World (1990), Don�t Rock The Jukebox (1991), A Lot About Livin� (And a Little �Bout Love) (1992), and Honky Tonk', Christmas (1994) sold a combined 13 million-plus copies. Standout tracks include "Here in the Real World", "Who Says You Can�t Have it All", and "Midnight in Montgomery". During this time Alan headlined the 1995 Fruit of the Loom Comfort Tour, a deal that nabbed him a staggering $40 million.

Jackson�s career exploded throughout the 1990�s, releasing six more albums (including two compilation albums) and 9 chart-topping singles, including "Little Bitty" and "Livin� on Love". Jackson�s most recent album Good Time was released in March 2008, selling over 119,000 copies in its first week and spawning another chart-topping hit, "Small Town Southern Man".

Of particular note during Jackson�s prolific career are two songs, "It�s Five O�clock Somewhere" and "Where Were You (When the World Stopped Turning)". "It�s Five O�clock Somewhere", a laid-back crossover hit with Jimmy Buffet, was released in 2003 and charted in the top twenty of both the Billboard Hot Country Songs and the Billboard US Hot 100, a mainstream index. "Where Were You (When The World Stopped Turning)" was a song written about the September 11 terrorist attacks, and was originally only played during live sets. The song received so much unsolicited airplay (it proved so popular that radio stations began broadcasting live recordings of it) that Jackson decided to release it as a single in late 2001.

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Born: October 17, 1958, Newnan, GeorgiaAmerican country musician.

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Alan Jackson (born October 17, 1958) is an American country singer-songwriter who has sold over 50 million records. He was influenced by the new traditional country of the 1980s, and he was one of the most popular country singers of the 1990s, blending both honky tonk and mainstream country sounds and penning many of his own hits. His success continued into the 2000s and his music became increasingly counterposed with that of more mainstream country acts that were moving toward a more pop music sound.

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Alan Eugene Jackson (born October 17, 1958) is an American country music singer, known for blending traditional honky tonk and mainstream country sounds and penning many of his own hits. He has recorded 13 studio albums, 3 Greatest Hits albums, 2 Holiday albums, 1 Gospel album and several compilations, all on the Arista Nashville label. More than 50 of his singles have appeared on Billboard's list of the "Top 30 Country Songs". Of Jackson's entries, 35 were number-one hits, with 50 in the Top 10. He is the recipient of 2 Grammys, 16 CMA Awards, 17 ACM Awards and nominee of multiple other awards. Jackson is also a member of the Grand Ole Opry, and he was inducted into the Georgia Music Hall of Fame in 2001.

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