Alan Eugene Jackson (born October 17, 1958 in Newnan, Georgia) is an American country music singer who has sold more than 50 million records. It is influenced by traditional country, and it is one of the most popular in this genre, during the 1990s, mixing honky tonk and classic country sounds. He composed himself many of his successes. In his career, he has recorded twenty albums and several compilations, all under the label Arista Nashville. More than 50 of his singles reached the Top 30 (in the country category) according to the ranking of Billboard magazine, of which 25 reached the first place. He has received numerous awards in the field of country music. He also participates in the Grand Ole Opry program, and was inducted into the Georgia Music Hall of Fame in 2001.
Alan is the son of Eugene Jackson and Ruth Musick; he has four older sisters. He, his parents, and his sisters lived in a little house built not far from his grandfather's tool shed; for lack of space his bed had been installed in the hallway. As a child, Jackson sang in church. His first job at age 12 was at a shoe store. In his youth, he first listened to gospel music, without being a music lover. However, one of his friends introduced him to the music of Gene Watson, John Anderson and Hank Williams Jr .. Alan started a band after graduating from high school. Some time later, Alan and his wife, Denise, moved from Newnan to Nashville in the hope of devoting themselves to full-time music.
In Tennessee, Alan worked for The Nashville Network (at the postal service)>. Denise put him in touch with Glen Campbell, who helped him start his career. Jackson finally signed with Arista>.
His first album, released independently (under Americana Records label) in 1987, is titled: "New Traditional". It includes the titles: "Lee Lee O'Daniel And The Light Crust Dough Boys", "They Call Me A Playboy", "Just Forget It, His" and "Merle and George".