Country superstar Alan Jackson celebrated 20 years in the business with the 2,405th star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Leron Gubler, President and CEO of the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce, presided over the ceremony. Guests included KKGO radio personality Shawn Parr.
6801 Hollywood Boulevard on April 16, 2010.
Over the course of his career, with 17 Gold, Platinum, and Multi-Platinum albums leading up to the release this year of FREIGHT TRAIN, Alan Jackson has become one of country music’s most respected and honored artists and songwriters. He has sold more than 50 million albums and has more than 100 major industry awards to his credit. Jackson is a three-time Country Music Association Entertainer of the Year and the most-nominated artist in CMA history. A prolific songwriter, Jackson penned 26 of his 34 #1 singles, including his GRAMMY-winning Best Country Song, “Where Were You (When the World Stopped Turning).”
A native of small-town Newnan, GA, Jackson was the first artist signed to the fledgling Arista Nashville record label in 1989. The following year, he released his debut album Here in the Real World. His songs immediately connected with fans – leading to four #1 singles from that record alone. Some of his most popular songs include: A Lot About Livin’ (And a Little ‘Bout Love), Chattahoochee, Drive, It’s Five O’Clock Somewhere, Remember When, Small Town Southern Man, Don’t Rock the Jukebox, Where Were You (When the World Stopped Turning) Small Town Southern Man and many others.
Jackson’s newest collection Freight Train, released last week, features “It’s Just That Way,” the first single, “Hard Hat and A Hammer”, an ode to the working man, and the moving tribute to Vern Gosdin, “Till The End”, which Jackson recorded with Lee Ann Womack. His last album, Good Time (2008), became the fourth album of his career to debut simultaneously at #1 on Billboard’s Top Country Albums and all-genre Billboard 200 sales charts. All the songs on the album were penned by Jackson, and three, “Small Town Southern Man”, “Good Time” and “Country Boy”.
Jackson finds the time to support many charities including: Angel’s House, a shelter for foster children in Georgia; Vanderbilt Children’s Hospital; Tennessee Baptist Children’s Home, and The American Red Cross.