Now one of the more recognized names in country music, Alan Jackson was born in October of 1958 in Newnan, Georgia. Jackson spent his childhood singing in church, but it wasn’t until the late 80s that he really started his career in country music. His mixture of traditional honky tonk country and mainstream country gave him the start he needed with Arista Nashville recording company. In 1989, he released his first single, “Blue Blooded Woman.” His sophomore single, “Here in the Real World,” peaked at Number Three by early the next year. It was followed shortly after by five Number One singles and another Top 5 hit. In 1991, Jackson was invited to become a member of the Grand Ole Opry.
Throughout his career, Jackson has thirty-five Number One hits and fifty more in the Top 10. His first Number One single came with 1991’s “I’d Love You All Over Again,” and was followed by several more hits, including “Don’t Rock the Jukebox,” “Someday,” “Love’s Got a Hold on You,” “Chattahoochee,” “Summertime Blues,” “Livin’ on Love,” “Gone Country” and “It Must Be Love,” among many others, just in the 90s.
The next decade brought Jackson even more hits, including “Where I Come From,” “Where Were You (When the World Stopped Turning,” “Drive (For Daddy Gene),” “It’s Five O’Clock Somewhere” (featuring Jimmy Buffett), “Remember When” and “Good Time.”
Jackson’s career has brought him numerous awards, as well. His long list of achievements includes recognition from the American Music Awards, the Academy of Country Music, the Country Music Association and the Grammy Awards. He has won two Grammy Awards: first for Best Country Song for “Where Were You (When the World Stopped Turning)” in 2002, and later, in 2011, for Best Country Collaboration with Vocals for “As She’s Walking Away,” his song with Zac Brown Band. He has also been named Entertainer of the year three times and has been listed as Top Male Vocalist of the year and Top New Male Vocalist. Many of his songs, albums and videos have also won awards.
In October of 2001, Jackson has also been inducted into the Georgia Music Hall of Fame in Atlanta. He has also received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 2010. In 2009, Cracker Barrel Old Country Store, Inc. began carrying the “Alan Jackson Collection.” The collection featured cowboy style shirts and t-shirts, baseball caps, home goods, toys, spices, BBQ sauces, a replica of Jackson’s personal cowboy hat and a special release CD that was available exclusively at Cracker Barrel.