One country songwriter found a way to reflect a tragic event and begin the healing of those events that took place on September 11, 2001 when he wrote a song one night. Alan Jackson has found a way to translate his life and emotions into his music and that one song did that for a nation. For more than 25 years, Jackson's music has reflected American life. Jackson has kept it country and along the way he’s earned the respect of his peers across all genres. from working in a mail room in Nashville to hitting the stage at the Grand Ole Opry, Jackson has climbed the ranks in country music. Here are five of his most memorable performances in his career.
5. "How Great Thou Art"
Jackson performed a concert at the Ryman Auditorium in Nashville, Tennessee for a special DVD release of his first gospel album "Precious Memories". During the performance he sang hymns that were important to him and his family. This was one of those special moments from the evening.
During the funeral service for country legend George Jones, Jackson performed Jones hit single on the stage of the Grand Ole Opry House. Jackson emotionally sang the big hit and did not leave a dry eye in the house or with viewers of the service. Visitors of the funeral service cheered Jackson's performance
3. "Pop a Top/Choices"
During the Country Music Awards Show in 1999, Jackson was scheduled to perform his cover tune "Pop a Top". When the award show did not want George Jones to perform the whole song of his latest single "Choices" on stage, Jones decided to stay home in protest to the award show's request. Jackson, showing his frustration with the award show's choice, used some of his scheduled time slot to sing Jones' single during the show. It was a bold move for Jackson since the voting academy would prefer those that follow the rules.
2. "Murder on Music Row"
As country music was moving away from the traditional sounds of the genre, Jackson teamed up with George Strait for this great tune. The duo hit the stage during the Academy of Country Music Awards in 2000 to give their perspective of what was happening in the genre. They sing of the movement in music from steel guitars and fiddles to drums and rock-n-roll guitars.
With simple words and a simple production, Jackson performed one of the most impacting songs on that evening at the County Music Association Awards back in October 2001. The universal song touched millions across the country as the United States was healing from the tragic day of September 11, 2001. This performance was the most meaningful in CMA history.
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