ALAN JACKSON FACTS:
Hometown: Newnan, Georgia
Awards: 1 Grammy Award, 14 CMA Awards, 1 American Music Award
Albums: Here in the Real World (1990); Don't Rock the Jukebox (1991); A Lot About Livin' (And a Little 'bout Love) (1992); Who I Am (1994); Everything I Love (1996); High Mileage (1998); Under the Influence (1999); When Somebody Loves You (2000); Drive (2002); What I Do (2004); Precious Memories (2006); Like Red on a Rose (2006); Good Time (2008); Freight Train (2010)
Hits: "Don't Rock the Jukebox," "Chattahoochee," "Dallas," "Someday," "Chasin That Neon Rainbow," "Right on the Money," "Remember When," "Country Boy"
Other: Jackson has over 25 were number-one hits.
In the world of country music there are few more iconic artists than Alan Jackson. The Newnan, Georgia, native has had one of the most successful careers in the genre, and in his 21 years in the industry, he has earned 25 number one hits in addition to long list of accolades. Despite his lengthy career, the 51-year-old continues to be a mainstay on country radio stations and is still releasing new work.
Jackson got his start in the business when his wife introduced him to award-winning singer Glenn Campbell in the mid '80s, but Jackson toiled in obscurity for several years before hitting it big. After recording a jingle for a Kraft cheese commercial in addition to an independent album, Jackson released his first official album in 1990, Here in the Real World. It was an immediate success, and the track "I'd Love You All Over Again" became his first number one single on the U.S. country charts.
Jackson did not waste any time releasing a follow up, and 1991's Don't Rock the Jukebox was even more successful than his first endeavor. The album featured four number one hits, "Don't Rock the Jukebox," "Someday," "Dallas" and "Love's Got a Hold On You." He would continue to rise in popularity after his third album, A Lot About Livin' (And a Little 'bout Love), hit stores in 1992. Much like its predecessors, country fans loved it and it was number one on the country album charts for five weeks. Two years later, Jackson released another album, Who I Am, which spawned four number one singles.
After an incredible first half of the '90s, Jackson turned his attention to songwriting for other country acts such as Faith Hill and Clay Walker. While he was writing songs for other artists, he still managed to release another string of popular albums in 1996, 1998 and 1999. He continued his success throughout much of the next decade, an his emotional elegy on the September 11 attacks "Where Were You (When the World Stopped Turning)" earned him the 2002 Grammy for Best Country Song.
Thanks to new singles such as 2003's "It's Five O'Clock Somewhere" and "Small Town Southern Man," Jackson's honky-tonk-infused songs have remained as popular as ever. He released his sixteenth studio album, Freight Train, in March 2010, to kick off a third decade of hits.