Alan Jackson didn't grow up dreaming of becoming one of the major legends in country music. Jackson decided when he was 27-years-old to make the move to Nashville, Tennessee from his home state of Georgia and ended up becoming one of the most well-known country artists to this day. He is best remembered for combining the sounds of honky tonk and bluegrass music together to create an unforgettable country sound. Jackson began his move to Nashville, Tennessee by signing on with Arista Nashville and released his debut song titled “Blue Blooded Woman” in 1989.
By 1990, Jackson had a hit on his hands with “Here in the Real World”, which came from the album of the same name. Jackson also scored his first No. 1 single from a song that was included on the album, Here in the Real World, titled “I'd Love You All Over Again”. Jackson’s second release happened in 1991 with the album titled Don't Rock the Jukebox, and kept the hits coming. Jackson has gone on to release 17 albums throughout his career, scoring 35 No. 1 singles and has sold over 60 million copies of his music.
Jackson’s list of albums that followed up his first two releases include A Lot About Livin’ (And A Little ‘Bout Love,) Honky Tonk Christmas and Who I Am. Jackson pulled his top hits together for the release of the album The Greatest Hits Collection, and followed that up with Everything I Love. The albums continued with High Mileage, Under The Influence, When Somebody Loves You, Drive, Let It Be Christmas, Greatest Hits Volume II, What I Do, Precious Memories, Like Red On A Rose and Good Time.
Jackson has received multiple awards throughout his career including 17 CMA Awards, where he also holds the title of being one of the most nominated artists in the history of the award show. Jackson has claimed 16 ACM Awards, which includes his win as the Top New Male Vocalist and Top Male Vocalist of the Year wins in 1994, 1995 and 2001. Jackson was also named the winner in the Album of the Year category in 1991 for Don't Rock the Jukebox; 1993 for A Lot About Livin' (And a Little 'bout Love); and 2002 with Drive.
Jackson scored four ACM Single of the Year wins with “Don't Rock the Jukebox” in 1991, "Chattahoochee" in 1993, "Where Were You (When the World Stopped Turning)" in 2001 and "It's Five O'Clock Somewhere" in 2003. Jackson also won the Song of the Year trophy with "Where Were You (When the World Stopped Turning)" in 2001 and scored the win for 2003 Vocal Event of the Year when he teamed up with Jimmy Buffett for "It's Five O'Clock Somewhere".
Jackson has earned two Grammy Awards, which includes his 2001 win for "Where Were You (When the World Stopped Turning)" in 2002 and his win for “As She’s Walking Away” with the Zac Brown Band in 2011. Jackson has also won two Billboard Awards and two American Music Awards.
Jackson has even had his songwriting skills rewarded with six Music City News Songwriters Awards and seven ASCAP Songwriter/Artist of the Year Awards. Jackson has received 46 ASCAP Country Song Awards, two ASCAP Song of the Year Awards and was honored with the ASCAP Golden Note Award. Jackson received ASCAP’ Heritage Award in 2014 for being the most performed country music songwriter and artist in ASCAP’s first 100 years.