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Originally posted 10/23/2014 03:00PM
For more than two hours Wednesday night, Alan Jackson took his Nashville audience on a musical journey through his 25-year multi-platinum career.
Originally posted 10/20/2014 08:00AM
The year was 1989: Alan Jackson was an unknown singer from Newnan, Georgia, on a brand-new label in Nashville, and excited to be releasing his first single and getting ready to go on his first tour as a signed artist.
Originally posted 10/09/2014 12:00PM
Alan Jackson usually lets his music do the talking, but that wasn't the case Wednesday night at the Country Music Hall of Fame. The typically taciturn and always-humble superstar revealed the memories, personal details and inspiration behind almost two dozen of his most beloved songs.
Originally posted 09/11/2014 03:00PM
It was just supposed to be the grand opening of Nashville's newest restaurant and live music club. But guests to the VIP party at the Acme Feed & Seed Wednesday night got a whole lot more than that.
Originally posted 08/28/2014 01:40PM
Who needs a garage sale when the Country Music Hall of Fame wants your old stuff?
Originally posted 06/08/2014 01:30PM
When George Strait says goodbye, he makes quite the party out of it.
Originally posted 02/22/2010 04:40PM
Mattie Jackson grew up watching her country star dad, Alan Jackson, from the wings – but now the 19-year-old is taking an active role in her dad's career.
When the country singer asked for input on a video for his new song, "It's Just That Way," the teen penned a whimsical script showing a topsy-turvy world where the moon rises in the morning and boats float down the street. "I figured my dad would be like, 'Well that's great but we'll do something else,' " says Mattie.
Instead, Jackson's music label loved the idea and signed her up as the scriptwriter. "It's cool that I actually kind of get to contribute a little bit," the modest teen tells PEOPLE.
Originally posted 11/03/2008 11:00AM
Some of country's biggest stars lauded their own "singer of simple songs" Thursday night at a taping for CMT Giants honoring Alan Jackson.
"He has one of the greatest country voices we've ever had," Martina McBride told PEOPLE about Jackson, who has sold more than 50 million albums and has had 33 No.-1 hits. "He writes about what he lives. He's just the real deal."
Brad Paisley kicked off the tribute with a rendition of Jackson's hit "It's 5 O'Clock Somewhere," and George Strait brought the audience at Nashville's Ryman Auditorium to its feet with his version of "Where Were You (When the World Stopped Turning)," a song Jackson wrote after 9/11 in which he declares "I'm just a singer of simple songs/I'm not a real political man."
The 6'4'' singer joked to the crowd that when CMT first approached him about doing Giants, "I thought it was 'cause I was so tall!"
Originally posted 08/14/2008 11:30AM
How does a country superstar celebrate hitting the 50 million mark in album sales? For Alan Jackson, it was with grits and bologna sandwiches.
Jackson's wife, bestselling author Denise, his three daughters and about 400 friends, including Trace Adkins, gathered in Nashville to honor the 49-year-old singer Wednesday night. They were treated to upscale twists on down-home grub as a nod to the man who has a song called "I Still Like Bologna" on his latest album, Good Time.
"This is really rarefied air," Sony BMG Nashville head Joe Galante told the crowd of Jackson's 50 million achievement.
Jackson – whose first album, Here in the Real World, came out in 1990 – tells PEOPLE that his ambitions weren't so grand in the early days.
"Back then I was just glad to have a record deal," says Jackson. "I figured if you could last five years you were lucky, so that was the only goal I could see. This would have been unbelievable."
Adds Denise: "We never even dreamed this big."
Originally posted 06/08/2008 04:30PM
For the first time in 10 years, country icon Alan Jackson came out to sign autographs at the CMA Music Fest exhibition hall Friday, drawing nearly 1,000 screaming fans – but he had to share them.
Wife Denise Jackson also had set up shop, to sign her best-selling 2007 book, It's All About Him, in which she traced her marriage's ups and downs, including infidelities. So on Friday, it was her husband who tagged along for the ride.
"It does take the pressure off of me because he doesn't do very many signings anymore," she said, jokingly. Recalling their first joint signing recently in their hometown of Newnan Ga., she says, "People had [my] books, but they literally ran straight to him!”
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