Alan Jackson is an American-born country musician and a two-time Grammy winner. Known for penning most of his songs, Jackson has numerous albums with 66 titles which have made it to the Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks chart and 35 which went on to top the chart. With 9 of Jackson’s albums having been certified multi-platinum, Alan Jackson has sold well over 60 million records worldwide.
In addition to the astounding commercial success, Jackson has also received much recognition including 2 Grammy awards and several other accolades. The country music icon has attained legend status having been inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame and the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame in 2017 and 2018 respectively.
Alan Jackson’s Bio, Age
Alan Eugene Jackson was born on October 17, 1958, in Newnan, Georgia to Ruth Musick and Joseph Eugene Jackson. He was raised alongside 4 older siblings. He had his early education at Elm Street Elementary after which he studied at Newnan High School located in Coweta County, Georgia. The young Alan joined his church choir at a young age where he developed an interest in gospel music. Upon graduation, he started a music band, however, it didn’t turn out successful.
In 1985, Alan Jackson relocated to Nashville, Tennessee to pursue a full-time career in music. There, he got signed to the Nashville arm of Arista Records. Jackson released his first studio album Here in the Real World in 1990 which contained his first number 1 hit “I’d Love You All Over Again” as well as 2 other top 5 hits. This was followed by an even more successful second album Don’t Rock the Jukebox (1991) which contained 4 number 1 hits. The talented artist continued to churn out more hit albums throughout the 90s and as a songwriter, he collaborated with several major artists. Despite an overwhelming threat by pop and rock in the late 90s, Alan Jackson remained true to the traditional country sound.
In 2002, the talented singer earned his first Grammy Award for his 2001 hit single “Where Were You (When the World Stopped Turning)” off his 10th album Drive (2002). In 2006, he returned to his gospel roots as he released the gospel album Precious Memories, his thirteenth album. He also released a 14th studio album Like Red on a Rose (2006) which featured a more adult contemporary/folk sound. Unlike his previous releases, the album was only able to attain Gold status as fans criticized Jackson’s deviation from the traditional country sound. Alan Jackson eventually returned to his country roots for his 15th album Good Time (2008) which became very highly successful and was certified platinum.
In 2011, Jackson received a 2nd Grammy Award for his collaboration with Zac Brown Band on the hit single “As She’s Walking Away”. The multi-talented singer received the 2014 Billboard Top Christian Album award for his second gospel album – Precious Memories Volume II. In August 2014, the country music veteran was honored with a special exhibit by the Country Music Hall of Fame in commemoration of his 25th year in music. In addition to 2 Grammy Awards, Alan Jackson also has 16 Country Music Association (CMA) Awards, 17 Academy of Country Music (ACM) Awards among several other accolades.
Alan Jackson equally has a number of famous names in his extended family. He is the uncle of fellow country music singer-songwriter Adam Wright. Wright is one half of the country music duo called ‘The Wrights’, which he formed alongside his wife, Sharon. The Wrights collaborated with Jackson on the latter’s What I Do (2004) album.
In addition to his flourishing music career, Alan Jackson has also had it good on the home front. The country music legend is currently married to his high school sweetheart and wife of nearly 4 decades – Denise Jackson. The couple tied the knot on December 15, 1979, at Newnan Baptist Church in their hometown of Newnan, Georgia. 6 years after, the young couple relocated to Nashville where Denise Jackson is credited to have helped her husband land his first recording deal.
The couple has 3 children together. Their first daughter, Mattie Denise was born on June 19, 1990. The couple welcomed their 2nd daughter on Alexandra Jane on August 23, 1993, and their third daughter Dani Grace was born on August 28, 1997. Jackson’s wife and daughters have featured severally on a number of his music videos.
Alan Jackson is credited to be one of the most bankable recording artists of his generation. With 9 of his 20-plus albums having attained platinum status coupled with over 60 million records sold the world over, Jackson is definitely one of the best-selling artists in country music history. The 2-time Grammy winner currently has an estimated net worth of $75 million.
Height and Other Body Measurements
Alan Jackson stands at an impressive height of 6 feet 4 inches (193 cm). The country music legend maintains a trim physique with a bodyweight of 89 kg (195 lbs). He has blue eyes and his hair is blonde.