Alan Jackson

Born: October 17, 1958
Newman, GA, USA

Alan Jackson didn't ever plan on singing for a living. He sang in the gospel choir at his church when he was young, and he occasionally sang at a party or family gathering, but the thought that he could make a living at his natural talent never occurred to him. After high school, he worked a few part time jobs in construction, but he began getting interested in country music around the time of his twentieth birthday. He wrote songs in his spare time as a hobby, but eventually he would form a band he called Dixie Steel. When his wife, a flight attendant, managed to get Glen Campbell's publishing company information, Jackson decided to move to Nashville and give professional performance a try. He made a couple of demo tapes, and passed them around. He began doing session work, and working odd jobs in order to make ends meet. He played clubs and wrote songs. Eventually, one of his demos made an impression on the people at Arista Records. Arista was new in Nashville and looking to sign artists, and Jackson became their first. He released the platinum Here in the Real World in 1990. He followed it up the next year with Don't Rock the Jukebox. In 1992, he became an official member of the Grand Ole Opry, and in the fall of the same year he released the multi-platinum A Lot About Livin(and a Little About Love), which spun such popular radio hits as "Chattahoochie" and "She's Got the Rhythm, and I Got the Blues". In 1994, Jackson released Who I Am, which also went multi-platinum. 1995 brought Jackson's triple-platinum Greatest Hits collection, followed the next year by Everything I Love, and two years later he followed up with High Mileage. Recently, Jackson put out the platinum Under the Influence, proving that young audiences are still identifying with his smooth honky-tonk sound.

Instruments Played / Skills:
Guitar Songwriter Vocals

Contemporary Country Traditional Country Resurgence

Alan Jackson Has Worked With:
Larry Franklin

Alan Jackson Was Influenced By:
Glen Campbell Merle Haggard George Jones
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"You've got to get off on the right footing, but after that you have to carry on with your own identity, which for me came later."

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