As the youngest child of five, Alan Jackson has become part of a larger family: the family of country music artists. Starting a little later than many of his peers, Jackson wrote his first song at the age of 25, in 1983. Just like many country artists wanting to strike it big, Alan Jackson and his wife of six years, Denise hit the road and traveled from Newnan, Georgia to the bright lights of Nashville. Jackson then earned money as a mail clerk at The Nashville Network. As luck would have it, Denise Jackson, a flight attendant at the time, met someone influential on his husband’s future career: fellow country star Glen Campbell. Alan Jackson later joined Campbell at his publishing company Seventh Son Music. Eventually, Jackson signed with Arista Records and became the first act to sign onto Arista Nashville, a new branch from Arista Records. It was in 1989 when the public was first introduced to Jackson’s rich voice and his honky tonk/mainstream country sound with his debut single "Blue Blooded Woman". Although this song didn’t hit the charts, his debut album Here in the Real World produced three singles including his first number one hit “I'd Love You All Over Again". In 1991, Alan Jackson’s second album Don’t Rock the Jukebox debuted, producing several singles, a majority of them topping the charts. It was during this time that Jackson paired up with Randy Travis and co-wrote many of the songs on Travis’s 1992 release High Lonesome. It was with his third album A Lot About Livin' (And a Little 'bout Love) that Alan Jackson won his first CMA Awards; Single and Song of the Year for "Chattahoochee". In 1995, Jackson released his first greatest hits album, which featured 12 hits and two new releases. Everything I Love, released in 1996 had quite a few titles to hit the top of the charts; however it also contained “A House with No Curtains”, Jackson’s first release since 1989 to miss the charts all together. High Mileage and Under the Influence closed out the decade. The 2000s were a time of experimentation for Alan Jackson. He opened the decade with a duet with fellow country crooner George Strait, "Murder on Music Row", which addressed the concern of many country fans: was the traditional country song dead? This song not only answered the question with a resounding no, but Strait and Jackson were invited to perform on the ACM Awards show that year.
Following the September 11, 2001 attacks, Alan Jackson performed "Where Were You When the World Stopped Turning" at one of his shows as a tribute to those lost. Unintentionally, the song ended up bringing Jackson into the mainstream spotlight when its live performance was released as a single. In addition to that, in October 2001, Alan Jackson was inducted into the Georgia Music Hall of Fame. After releasing Let It Be Christmas in 2002, he released his first gospel album Precious Memories in 2006. The same year, Alan Jackson released Like Red on a Rose, which didn’t perform as well as anticipated, due to the fact that the sound wasn’t Jacksons. This was in part because Allison Krauss, a bluegrass artist herself, selected the songs as well as produced the album. Thankfully, Jackson returned to his roots in 2008 with the release of Good Time, which had five singles. Two albums were added to Alan Jackson’s discography in 2010: Freight Train and a second greatest hits album titled 34 Number Ones. In 2012, Jackson released his thirteenth album Thirty Miles West, which although it didn’t perform as well as his previous efforts also had a tour.
Alan Jackson Angels & Alcohol & Keepin’ It Country Tour
In January 2015, Alan Jackson started his 25th Anniversary tour, titled Keepin it Country. While on tour, he released his latest album Angels & Alcohol. When you have such a varied background as Alan Jackson, you never know what will appear on his setlist for any show.