Alan Eugene Jackson (born October 17, 1958) is an American country music singer, known for blending honky tonk and mainstream country sounds and penning many of his own hits. He has recorded 14 studio albums 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, 26 were number-one hits. He is the recipient and nominee of multiple awards. Jackson is also a member of the Grand Ole Opry, and he was inducted into the Georgia Music Hall of Fame in 2001.
In Tennessee, Jackson got a job in The Nashville Network‘s mailroom. Denise connected him with Glen Campbell, who helped jumpstart his career. Jackson eventually signed with Arista. By 1989, he became the first signee to the newly-formed Arista Nashville branch of Arista Records.
Arista released Jackson’s debut single, “Blue Blooded Woman“, in late 1989. Although the song failed to reach top 40 on Hot Country Songs, he reached number three by early 1990 with “Here in the Real World“. This song served as the title track to his debut album, Here in the Real World, which also included two more top five hits (“Wanted” and “Chasin’ That Neon Rainbow“) and his first number one, “I’d Love You All Over Again“.
Don’t Rock the Jukebox was the title of Jackson’s second album. Released in 1991, it included four number-one singles: the title track, “Someday“, “Dallas” and “Love’s Got a Hold on You“, and the number three “Midnight in Montgomery“. Jackson also co-wrote several songs on Randy Travis‘ 1992 album High Lonesome.
A Lot About Livin’ (And a Little ’bout Love), his third album, accounted for the number one hits “She’s Got the Rhythm (And I Got the Blues)” (which Travis co-wrote) and “Chattahoochee“, plus the top five hits “Tonight I Climbed the Wall“, “Mercury Blues” and “(Who Says) You Can’t Have It All“. “Chattahoochee” also won him the 1994 Country Music Association (CMA) awards for Single and Song of the Year.
In 1994 Jackson left his management company, Ten Ten Management, which had overseen his career up to that point, and switched to Gary Overton. His fourth album was titled Who I Am, and it contained four number one hits: a cover of the Eddie Cochran standard “Summertime Blues“, followed by “Livin’ on Love“, “Gone Country” and “I Don’t Even Know Your Name“. An additional track from the album, a cover of Rodney Crowell‘s “Song for the Life“, made number six. In late 1994, Clay Walker reached number one with “If I Could Make a Living“, which Jackson co-wrote. Alan also appeared on an episode of Home Improvement, singing his hit song Mercury Blues in 1996, appearing on Tool Time to sing about his 1950 Mercury.
Jackson married his high school sweetheart, Denise Jackson, on December 15, 1979. They are the parents of three daughters: Mattie Denise (born June 19, 1990), Alexandra Jane “Ali” (born August 23, 1993), and Dani Grace (born August 28, 1997). Although the couple separated for several months in 1998 due to the strains of Jackson’s career; they have since reconciled. Their story is referenced in several of Jackson’s songs, including “She Likes It Too” and “Remember When”. Denise and their daughters appear in the latter song’s video.
Denise Jackson wrote a book that topped The New York Times Best Seller list that covered her life with Jackson, their relationship, separation, and recommitment to each other, and her commitment to Christianity, the book was titled It’s All About Him: Finding the Love of My Life, which was published in 2007. In May 2008 she released a Gift Book titled “The Road Home.”