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:This article refers to the album by Alan Jackson. For the gospel hymn see Precious Memories. For the Johnny Cash album see Sings Precious Memories. For the Dolly Parton album see Precious Memories (Dolly Parton album).

Precious Memories is the twelfth studio album by American country music artist Alan Jackson. It was released on February 28, 2006 on the Arista Nashville label. Unlike his previous albums, this is a side project composed of traditional gospel songs. Although no singles were released from it, Precious Memories earned RIAA platinum certification.


As listed in liner notes.

*Melodie Crittenden - background vocals

*Brent Mason - acoustic guitar

*Gary Prim - piano, organ

*John Wesley Ryles - background vocals

*Keith Stegall - piano on "Turn Your Eyes Upon Jesus"

Background vocals on "'Tis So Sweet to Trust in Jesus" by Denise, Mattie and Ali Jackson. Assistant background vocals: Dani Jackson.

Chart performance

Precious Memories debuted at #4 on the U.S. Billboard 200, and #1 on the Top Country Albums, becoming his eighth #1 country album. In August of 2006, Precious Memories was certified Platinum by the RIAA.


Sales and Certifications


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Artist/Band Information

Alan Eugene Jackson (born October 17, 1958) is an American country music singer, known for blending honky tonk and mainstream country sounds and penning many of his own hits. He has recorded 14 studio albums and several compilations, all on the Arista Nashville label. More than 50 of his singles have appeared on Billboard's list of the "Top 30 Country Songs". Of Jackson's entries, 25 were number-one hits. He is the recipient and nominee of multiple awards. Jackson is also a member of the Grand Ole Opry, and he was inducted into the Georgia Music Hall of Fame in 2001.

Early life

Jackson was born to Joseph Eugene Jackson and Ruth Musick in Newnan, Georgia and has four older siblings. Jackson is of English descent.http As a youth, Jackson listened primarily to gospel music. Otherwise he was not a major music fan. However, a friend of his introduced him to the music of Gene Watson, John Anderson and Hank Williams Jr. Jackson attended the local Elm Street Elementary and Newnan High School, starting a band after high school. After a time, he and his wife of six years, Denise Jackson, moved from Newnan to Nashville where Jackson hoped to pursue music full-time.Ali, Lorraine (2002-02-18), "Jackson in the Driver's Seat". Newsweek. 139 (7):68

Jackson sang in church as a child. He, his father, mother, and four sisters lived in a small home. At one point, his bed was in the hallway for lack of room. His mother lives in the home to this day. His first job, at 12, was in a shoe store. He wrote his first song in 1983. He worked as a car salesman in his 20s.


In Tennessee, Jackson got a job in The Nashville Network's mailroom. Denise connected him with Glen Campbell, who helped jumpstart his career.Sanz, C.; Sanderson, J. (September 2, 1991), "Honky-tonk hero". People. 36 (8):76 Jackson eventually signed with Arista.

He performed a jingle for a Kraft cheese commercial early on in his career. He sang the demo tapes of songs for other stars to listen to and pick songs they wanted to record.

His very first album was an obscure independent release on Americana Records in 1987 and entitled: "New Traditional". This included the tracks: "W. Lee O'Daniel And The Light Crust Dough Boys", "They Call Me A Playboy", "Just Forget It, Son" and "Merle and George".

His first official album, Here in the Real World, was released on Arista Records in 1990. It was a major hit, as was his second album, Don't Rock the Jukebox, released in 1991. His 1992 album, A Lot About Livin' (And a Little 'bout Love) was a success, spawning five major singles, and reaching number one on the country album charts for five weeks. Also in 1992, Randy Travis charted three singles co-written by Jackson: "Forever Together", "Better Class of Losers", and "I'd Surrender All". Conversely, Travis co-wrote Jackson's single "She's Got the Rhythm (And I Got the Blues)". His fourth album, "Who I Am", reached number one for a week, and spawned five singles, all of which reached the top ten on the U.S. Country charts, and four of which (all except "Song for the Life") reached number one.

In 1994 Jackson left his management company, Ten Ten Management, which had overseen his career up to that point, and switched to Gary Overton.Lichtman, Irv (March 5, 1994), "Alan Jackson switches managers". Billboard. 106 (10):90

It was around this time that Jackson also began gaining fame for his song-writing skills. Other country music artists who have charted with songs co-written by Jackson, include Clay Walker ("If I Could Make a Living"), Chely Wright ("Till I Was Loved By You")Cronin, Peter (November 19, 1994), "Spotlight shines on Jackson's songwriting". Billboard. 106 (47):37 and Faith Hill ("I Can't Do That Anymore").


"The Greatest Hits Collection" was released on October 24, 1995. The disc contained 17 hits, two newly-recorded songs ("I'll Try" and "Tall, Tall Trees"), and the song "Home" from "Here in the Real World" that had never been released as a single.Price, Deborah Evans (September 16, 1995), . Billboard. 107 (37):32

With Jackson's release of Under the Influence in 1999, he took the double risk on an album of covers of country classics while retaining a traditional sound when a rock- and pop-tinged sound dominated country radio.Flippo, Chet (1999-09-25), "Jackson returns to roots with traditional set; Arista/Nashville seeks sound's revival". Billboard. 111 (39):38

When the Country Music Association (CMA) asked George Jones to trim his act to 90 seconds for the 1999 CMA awards, Jones decided to boycott the event. In solidarity, Jackson interrupted his own song and launched into Jones's song "Choices."Peyser, Mark; Davis, Alisha; Underhill, William (1999-10-04), . Newsweek. 134 (14):78

Alan jackson at pentagon.jpgthumbrightJackson performing in 2002

After country music changed toward pop music in the 2000s, he and George Strait criticized the state of country music on the song "Murder on Music Row". The song sparked debate in the country music community about whether or not "traditional" country music was actually dead or not.Price, Deborah Evans, (2000-05-06), "Is There `Murder On Music Row'? Debate Continues". Billboard. 112 (19):36 Despite the fact that the song was not officially released as a single, it became the highest-charting nonseasonal album cut (not available in any retail single configuration or released as a promotional single to radio during a chart run) to appear on Hot Country Singles & Tracks in the Broadcast Data Systems era, beating the record previously held by Garth Brooks' "Belleau Wood." The duo were invited to open the 2000 Academy of Country Music Awards (ACMAs) with a performance of the tune.Jessen, Wade (2000-04-29), "COUNTRY CORNER". Billboard. 112 (18):60 Rolling Stone commented on Jackson's style remarking, "If Garth and Shania have raised the bar for country concerts with Kiss-style production and endless costume changes, then Alan Jackson is doing his best to return the bar to a more human level."Boenlert, Eric (2000-03-02), "Performance". Rolling Stone. (835):44 After the September 11, 2001 attacks, Jackson released "Where Were You (When the World Stopped Turning)" as a tribute to those killed in the 9/11 terrorist attacks. The song became a hit single and briefly propelled him into the mainstream spotlight.

At the 2001 CMA Awards, Jackson debuted the song "Where Were You When the World Stopped Turning". The performance was generally considered the highlight of the show, and Jackson's site crashed the next day from server requests.Bessman, Jim (2001-11-24), "Words & Music". Billboard. 113 (47):36 The song came to Jackson suddenly, and had not been scheduled for any official release, but the live performance began receiving radio airplay and was soon released as a single.

Jackson released a Christmas album, titled Let It Be Christmas, October 22, 2002.Stark, Phyllis (2002-09-07), "Nashville Scene". Billboard. 114 (36):29

Jeannie Kendall contacted Jackson to do a duet, and he suggested the song "Timeless and True Love". It appeared on her first solo album, released in 2003.Price, Deborah Evans (2003-03-01), "Jeannie Kendall Makes Her Solo Debut On Rounder". Billboard. 115 (9):33

In early 2006, Jackson released his first gospel music album entitled Precious Memories. He put together the album by the request of his mother, who enjoys religious music. Jackson considered this album a "side project" and nothing too official, but it was treated as such. The album received little to no airplay from radio stations, and proved to be not as successful as his previous work.

Only mere months after the release of Precious Memories in 2006, Jackson released his next country album Like Red on a Rose.

Unlike his previous albums, Like Red on a Rose had a different producer and sound. Alan's main producer for his music, Keith Stegall, was notably absent from this album. Instead, Alison Krauss was hired to produce the album. She also chose the songs.

Despite being labeled as "country music" or "bluegrass", Like Red on a Rose had a mainstream sound to it, upsetting some fans, even making some of them believe that Jackson was abandoning his traditional past and aiming toward a more mainstream pop sound.

However, for his next album, he went back to his country roots. Good Time was released on March 4, 2008. The album's first single, "Small Town Southern Man", was released to radio on November 19.

"Country Boy", "Sissy's Song" and the final single from the album, "I Still Like Bologna", were also released as singles.

"Sissy's Song" is dedicated to a longtime friend of the Jackson family (Leslie "Sissy" Fitzgerald) who worked in their house everyday. Fitzgerald was killed in a motorcycle accident in mid-2007.

His sixteenth studio album, Freight Train, was released on March 30, 2010. The first single was "It's Just That Way", which debuted at #50 in January 2010. "Hard Hat and a Hammer" is the album's second single, released in May 2010.

On November 23, 2010, Jackson released another greatest hits package, entitled 34 Number Ones, which features a cover of the Johnny Cash hit "Ring of Fire", as well as the duet with Zac Brown Band, "As She's Walking Away".

On Jan. 20, 2011, it was announced that Jackson and his record label, Sony, parted ways.http

Awards, nominations and induction into the Georgia Music Hall of Fame

In 1989 he was nominated for a total of six Country Music Association awards (CMAs).

He was nominated for four 1994 CMAs, including Entertainer of the Year.Author unknown (Fall 94 Special Issue), "Livin' in the real world". People. 42 (9):20

Jackson became a member of the Grand Ole Opry in 1991; he was inducted by Roy Acuff and Randy Travis.http

Jackson was the most nominated artist at the 29th annual TNN/Music City News Country Awards that was broadcast June 5 from the Grand Ole Opry House. His six nominations included best entertainer, male artist, vocal collaboration, album, single, and video (two nominations in this category).Morris, Edward (March 4, 1995), "Alan Jackson gets 7 noms in TNN/Music City awards". Billboard. 107 (9):35

At the 2002 CMAs, Jackson set a record for having the most nominations in a single year – ten – many rising from the song ""Where Were You". It also brought his career total up to the second number of most nominations ever, after George Strait.Stark, Phyllis (2002-09-07), "Jackson Nominated For 10 CMAs". Billboard. 114 (36):6 "Where Were You" also was nominated for a Grammy for Song of the Year. The song was also subsequently parodied in the South Park episode "A Ladder To Heaven".

At the 2003 Academy of Country Music Awards, Jackson won Album of the Year for Drive and Video of the Year for the video to "Drive (For Daddy Gene)."Editor unknown (2004), "2003 Academy of Country Music Awards". World Almanac & Book of Facts. Volume unknown:287. ISSN 0084-1382

Jackson was inducted into the Georgia Music Hall of Fame on October 22, 2001 in Atlanta.No

byline (2001-11-10), "In The News". Billboard. 113 (45):36

Alan Jackson has been selected to receive a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 2010

Alan Jackson is scheduled to appear on the 44th Annual Country Music Awards on November 10, 2010

Alan Jackson Collection at Cracker Barrel

In 2009, Cracker Barrel Old Country Store, Inc. started to carry the "Alan Jackson Collection" which included a special release CD available exclusively at Cracker Barrel, cowboy style shirts and t-shirts, baseball caps, home goods (candles, kitchen goods) including an old-fashion wooden rocking chair that has a metal plate of Alan's autograph on the headrest; toys, spices and BBQ sauces/rubs and a replica of his own personal cowboy hat.http

Ford trucks endorsement

Ford's agency J. Walter Thompson USA in Detroit, in 1997, worked out with Jackson a multimillion-dollar, multi-year contract for his sole endorsement of Ford trucks. In his video for "Who's Cheatin' Who" he was behind the wheel of a "Big Foot" Ford F-150 pickup truck, and Ford's five NASCAR vehicles (at the time) were prominently featured. Additionally, he changed the lyrics "crazy 'bout a Mercury" of the song "Mercury Blues" to "crazy 'bout a Ford truck" in a TV ad for the Ford F-series.Halliday, Jean (1997-05-19), . Advertising Age. 68 (20):10


Jackson headlined the 1995 Fruit Of The Loom Comfort Tour, a deal worth $40 million. It began January 20 in New Orleans and ran for a hundred dates.Lichtman, Irv. (January 21, 1995), "Jackson Fruit of Loom tour". Billboard. 107 (3):86

Alan Jackson's 2004 concert tour launched January 23 in Fort Myers, Florida and was sponsored by NAPA Auto Parts in a deal that included Jackson's endorsement in TV spots. The tour included more than 50 U.S. dates. Martina McBride was the opening for some of the shows.Martens, Todd; Stark, Phyllis; Kipnis, Jill; Walsh, Christopher (2004-01-17), "NEWSLINE...". Billboard. 116 (3):8


Alan Jackson's backup band (since 1989) is "The Strayhorns". The current line-up of musicians is:

* Monty Allen – acoustic guitar, harmony vocals

* Scott Coney – acoustic guitar, tic tac bass, banjo

* Robbie Flint – steel guitar

* Danny Groah – lead guitar

* Mark McClurg - fiddle, harmony vocals

* Bruce Rutherford – drums

* Joey Schmidt – keyboards

* Roger Wills – bass guitar

* John Strauch- guitar

Personal life

AlanJacksonFamilyApr10.jpgthumbrightJackson with his family at a ceremony to receive a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in April 2010

Jackson married his high school sweetheart, Denise Jackson, on December 15, 1979. They are the parents of three daughters: Mattie Denise (born June 19, 1990), Alexandra Jane "Ali" (born August 23, 1993), and Dani Grace (born August 28, 1997). Although the couple separated for several months in 1998 due to the strains of Jackson's career;Schindehette, Susan; Keel, Beverly; Sanderson, Jane; Stewart, Bob; Calkins, Laurel (1998-03-09), "Achy-breaky hearts". People. 49 (9):48 they have since reconciled. Their story is referenced in several of Jackson's songs, including "She Likes It Too" and "Remember When". Denise and their daughters appear in the latter song's video.

Denise Jackson wrote a book that topped The New York Times Best Seller list that covered her life with Jackson, their relationship, separation, and recommitment to each other, and her commitment to Christianity, the book was titled It's All About Him: Finding the Love of My Life, which was published in 2007. In May 2008 she released a Gift Book titled "The Road Home."

Jackson's nephew, Adam Wright, is also a country music singer-songwriter. Adam and his wife, Shannon, perform together as a duo called The Wrights. The Wrights co-wrote two songs and sang harmony vocals on Jackson's What I Do album.

Jackson is a cousin of Major League Baseball player Brandon Moss.

In June 2009, Jackson listed his estate just outside of Franklin, TN for sale. The asking price was $38 million. The property sold in late May 2010 for $28 million, one of the highest prices ever for a home sale in the Nashville area.

Jackson maintains a close friendship with fellow country singer, George Jones. Jones has been mentioned in songs such as "Don't Rock the Jukebox" (Jones also appeared in the video which accompanied it) and "Murder on Music Row". The song "Just Playin' Possum" is dedicated to Jones and talks of how Alan only wants to lie low and play possum, possum referring to George Jones. Jones can also be seen in the video for "Good Time". In 2008, Jones was a surprise guest at Jackson's "CMT Giants" ceremony, where he thanked Jackson for his friendship. He's also close friends with George Strait, who sang "Murder On Music Row" with him. Besides his associations with big stars, Alan also maintains his connections to his roots and old friends.Tyler Moreland, March 8, 2008, Times-Herald, Community Edition, "Highway Renamed" From his early days of playing the guitar with his old high school friend and fellow musician David "Bird" Burgess, on the Burgess' family front porch, it was evident Alan was going to be Newnan's rising star. While Bird Burgess has left the country music scene to pursue other avenues, the two have remained friends. As further evidence to his strong connection to his roots, Alan has given back to the community of Newnan, and in response the city of Newnan dedicated a major thoroughfare the Alan Jackson Highway.



* Performed with Martina McBride on the song "Louisiana Woman, Mississippi Man" from Coal Miner's Daughter: A Tribute To Loretta Lynn (2010).


American Music Awards

*American Music Award for Favorite Country Single 1993; "Chattahoochee"

*1993 Favorite Country Album – "A Lot About Livin' (And a Little 'bout Love)"

Academy of Country Music

*1990 Top New Male Vocalist

*1991 Album of the Year – "Don't Rock the Jukebox"

*1991 Single of the Year – "Don't Rock the Jukebox"

*1993 Album of the Year – "A Lot About Livin' (And a Little 'bout Love)"

*1993 Single of the Year – "Chattahoochee"

*1994 Top Male Vocalist

*1995 Top Male Vocalist

*2001 Single of the Year – "Where Were You (When the World Stopped Turning)"

*2001 Song of the Year – "Where Were You (When the World Stopped Turning)"

*2001 Top Male Vocalist

*2002 Album of the Year – "Drive"

*2002 Video of the Year – "Drive (For Daddy Gene)"

*2003 Single of the Year – "It's Five O'Clock Somewhere"

*2003 Vocal Event of the Year with Jimmy Buffett – "It's Five O'Clock Somewhere"

Country Music Association

*1992 Music Video of the Year – "Midnight in Montgomery"

*1993 Music Video of the Year – "Chattahoochee"

*1993 Single of the Year – "Chattahoochee"

*1994 Song of the Year with Jim McBride – "Chattahoochee"

*1995 Entertainer of the Year

*2002 Album of the Year – "Drive"

*2002 Male Vocalist of the Year

*2002 Entertainer of the Year

*2002 Single of the Year – "Where Were You (When the World Stopped Turning)"

*2002 Song of the Year – "Where Were You (When the World Stopped Turning)"

*2003 Entertainer of the Year

*2003 Male Vocalist of the Year

*2003 Vocal Event of the Year with Jimmy Buffett – "It's Five O'Clock Somewhere"

Grammy Awards

*2002 Best Country Song – "Where Were You (When the World Stopped Turning)"

*2011 Best Country Collaboration with Vocals- "As She's Walking Away", with Zac Brown Band


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