Alan Jackson Teases New Music & Reflects On Two Special Life Events

“If I didn’t write, I think I would’ve gotten bored just singing a long time ago,” he admitted.


Christine Sellers


Posted on April 6, 2023

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Alan Jackson; Photo by Getty Images for CMT

Alan Jackson said he’s hoping to release a new album.

The 64-year-old “Chattahoochee” singer shared more about his future musical ventures and why songwriting is so fulfilling for him on a Feb. 21 episode of his eldest daughter, Mattie’s podcast, In Joy Life With Mattie Jackson.

“I Feel Like There’ll Be Some More Music To Come”

“Well, yes. I would hope so. I mean, I may not have toured much, but like I said, the creative part jumps out every now and then,” Jackson revealed when asked if he’s going to put out another album. “I’m always scribbling down ideas and thinking about melodies and I feel like there’ll be some more music to come, yes.”

“More Fulfilling Than Anything”

In continuing their conversation about songwriting, Jackson also explained to his daughter, Mattie Jackson Selecman why he finds practicing his craft “more fulfilling than anything.”

“It’s like, you can be a singer and go out and tour, but it’s kind of like you’re just doing the same thing over and over. When you make an album, or especially when you write a lot of the songs, that’s creating something.”

“It’s a challenge, so it keeps you interested a little more. If I didn’t write, I think I would’ve gotten bored just singing a long time ago,” he admitted.

Alan Jackson; Photo Courtesy of CMA/ABC
Alan Jackson; Photo Courtesy of CMA/ABC

Besides sharing why he loves songwriting so much, Jackson discussed what it means to him when he hears stories of fans connecting to his music.

Specifically, Jackson told a story about his 1993 hit, “Chattahoochee,” which is named for a river in his hometown in Georgia.

“When Jim McBride and I wrote ‘Chattahoochee’ years ago… it was a fun, uptempo thing about coming to age and I thought, ‘Well yeah, that’s a fun song, and I like it, and people in Georgia are going to like it, but nobody else in the world is gonna know what it is or care about it,’” he said.

“But then I learned right quick that everybody has a Chattahoochee. It may be called something else, or may not be a river at all, but it just was the story, was something people could relate to in their life for wherever they were from. So, you just never know,” he continued.

Reflects On Two Big Recent Life Events

Of course, Jackson and his daughter Mattie didn’t just talk about music. The country music singer and father of three shared how his family brings him “joy.”

Jackson reflected on two big recent life events with his daughter Mattie on the podcast: her engagement to boyfriend Connor Smith and the birth of his first grandchild.

“We are again joyful and very excited about Connor coming into our family and your life and looking forward to y’all’s wedding this coming spring,” Jackson said of the former.

Alan Jackson, Wife Denise Jackson, & Their Three Daughters; Photo Courtesy of Instagram
Alan Jackson, Wife Denise Jackson, & Their Three Daughters; Photo Courtesy of Instagram

Mattie, Jackson and his wife Denise’s 31-year-old daughter, tragically lost her husband Ben Selecman on Sept. 12, 2018. Selecman died after he slipped, fell, and hit his head on a boat during a family Labor Day celebration. Jackson’s daughter, Mattie and Selecman had only been married for 11 months at the time.

Then, in 2022, Mattie revealed she’d found love again with Connor, who is the brother-in-law of one of her best friends.

Of the latter, Jackson said how his daughter, Ali’s son, Jackson is currently “overshadowing” most things in life.

Jackson’s daughter, Ali and her husband Sam Bradshaw welcomed their son, Jackson Alvie Bradshaw on Dec. 13, 2022. The occasion was extra special as the day was also the country singer and his wife, Denise’s 43rd wedding anniversary.

Although Jackson has yet to announce a new project, he plans to “give it his all” on his new music, according to Radar Online.

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