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Country singer Alan Jackson to perform concert at Times Union Center

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Alan Jackson remains as one of the biggest acts in country music since the 1990s, with hits like “Don’t Rock the Jukebox” (1991) and “Where Were You (When the World Stopped Turning)” (2001).

In fact, he will have a concert at the Times Union Center in Albany on Saturday, April 28.

Born Alan Eugene Jackson. he originally was raised in Georgia and after he dropped out of high school, he went to sing with his band, Dixie Steele.

Jackson wedded his high school sweetheart, Denise Jackson in late 1979. Denise herself met fellow singer Glenn Campbell when she was still a flight attendant at the time.

After working with Campbell on his demo, it led Jackson to earning a place at Campbell’s record label.

Some fun facts that fans are not aware about is that Jackson remains married to Jackson.

He has also been a member of the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame, which recognizes outstanding figures in the Nashville music community in Tennessee.

His family was not hugely into music when he grew up, which was further expressed by how he did not have his own guitar at that point in his life yet.

This is notably odd since professional musicians usually learn music from a family member or receive lessons.

He also was the first singer signed to Arista Records’ country division, which is based in Nashville and geared to country musicians, helping them become successful in the country music world.

He went to take home a Grammy for the aforementioned “Where Were You (When the World Stopped Turning),” which is a song that references the 9/11 attacks in 2001.

Jackson is known for how his songs are about being humble as well inspiring listeners and fellow musicians.

He was encouraged to start his music career later in life after attending a country music concert.

An example of his rise to stardom can be found in the song, “Chasin’ That Neon Rainbow,” where he talks about his dream and the roads he traveled in order to achieve it.

His wife also supported his dream, to the point that they both took up paying jobs and eventually moved to Nashville.

Although, he is a famous musician, he is not into the media attention.

Regardless, Jackson is still making music today. He recently released a song on Nov. 12, 2017 called “The Older I Get” which references his career and where he is now in his life.

The beauty of this song is that some people run from the fact of aging, but instead  Jackson embraces it: “The more thankful I feel / For the life I’ve had, and all the life I’m living still.”

In addition, Jackson was featured in the music video for “Forever Country,” which has a list of well-known country musicians that were honored at the 50th Annual Country Music Association Awards in November 2016.

That night, he performed his timeless classic, “Don’t Rock the Jukebox” for the opening show.

Tickets are now available for his Albany show later this month.

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