Country music superstar Alan Jackson has recently released a new album Angels and Alcohol. Jackson has been a mainstay in country music since the 1990's and has released music in a wide array of musical genres from traditional country to bluegrass and gospel. Legendary in country music, Jackson has sold over 80 million records worldwide, became a member of the Grand Ole Opry in 1991 and was inducted into the Georgia Music Hall of Fame in 2001. At the 2001 CMA Awards, Jackson debuted the song "Where Were You When the World Stopped Turning" which reflected on 9-11. He teamed with George Strait for a song "Murder on Music Row" after country music turned from the traditional country sound to a pop sound. Although not a fan of the pop sounding country music, he is a fan of some of today's popular country artists, including The Band Perry, The Zac Brown Band and Miranda Lambert. He filmed and released an album and DVD of a gospel concert, Precious Memories, filmed at the Ryman Auditorium. There was a follow up album in which Jackson recorded more of the gospel tunes from his childhood.
Besides music, Jackson and his wife Denise became very focused on cancer research after Denise was diagnosed with colon cancer in 2010. In March 2013, Jackson participated in the "Stars Go Blue for Colon Cancer" benefit concert at the historic Ryman Auditorium in Nashville, Tennessee. Here are five fun facts that most people may not know about Alan Jackson.
5. Prior to his career in music, he worked various jobs growing up.
His first job was in a shoe repair shop at age 12. He also drove a forklift at the Kmart warehouse in Newnan, Ga., before moving to Nashville. Once he moved to Nashville, he worked in the mail room at The Nashville Network (TNN). It was a connection with Glen Campbell that helped jump-start his career in music.
4. Jackson was able to obtain his private pilot’s license.
Even though he has his license to fly, due to the concerns of his wife he does not operate a plane. When he first obtained the license he would fly only around the Nashville area. He was 26 years old the first time he ever flew on a plane.
3. He has a passion for restoring antique cars.
In 2009, Jackson put some of the restored vehicles on auction and allowed fans to see the vehicles he has collected and restored through the years.
2. He is a huge fan of classic television programming.
He enjoys the classic reruns on TV Land. Jackson is a member of "The Andy Griffith Show" Rerun Watchers Club. Besides the classic television shows, he also enjoys tuning in to the Weather Channel.
1. He's a big foodie.
Enjoying food is one of the things Jackson takes care on tour, he will bring his favorite Blue Plate mayonnaise on the road with him. He can also cook cornbread from scratch.
Jackson is currently on his Keeping it Country Tour celebrating 25 years in music and his 20th studio album Angels and Alcohol.