During the memorable concert, the iconic country singer performed “You’ll Always Be My Baby (Written for Daughters Weddings),” which he sang with Ali Jackson Bradshaw, one of his three daughters. The song is a track that he originally penned for his daughter Mattie’s wedding, however, later decided that the track was for all of his daughters.
“I wrote the song for Mattie’s wedding the summer of 2017, but it was so hard to do. I told ’em, ‘I wrote this for all of you,’” Jackson said in a press release.
After joining Jackson on stage, Ali, wearing a floral dress, stood at a microphone beside her father who said, “we’re going to give this thing a whirl, have a good time baby girl,” before he began to strum his guitar to the tune of the heartfelt track.
Alongside his daughter, Ali, the country legend started the tear-jerking performance as he sang directly to his daughter. The father-daughter duo then traded verses of the song before flawlessly harmonizing with each other throughout the remainder of the song and during the chorus.
Family photos flooded the background as Jackson and his daughter sang the loving tune, which was solely written by Jackson for Ali and her sister’s weddings.
“Man, she’s sounding good up here, y’all,” the 62-year-old Georgia native said mid-song, as a guitarist played a solo.
As the performance concluded, Jackson kissed his daughter’s forehead, and they shared a hug in front of a roaring audience.
In addition to performing “You’ll Always Be My Baby,” Jackson also performed his fan-favorite hits such as “Chattahoochee,” “It’s Five O’ Clock Somewhere,” “Midnight In Montgomery,” “Gone Country,” and “Drive (For Daddy Gene),” as well as several tracks from his latest project, Where Have You Gone.
Ali previously praised her famous father as her best friend and labeled him “every daughter’s dream father.”
“The world sees you as follows: a great musician, an impressive songwriter and a talented vocalist,” Ali previously shared of her father back in 2017 while honoring him at his Country Music Hall of Fame induction “I see you as: my best friend, the guy that taught me that how you treat people matters more than anything else and taught me just how to stand on my own two feet,” Ali shared. “You’re every daughter’s dream father. Thank you for raising us in a house filled with Jesus and music, and always making sure we knew whatever our dream was could be our reality.”
Ali, 28, is Jackson’s second of three daughters, who he shares with his wife of 40 years, Denise. Jackson’s 28-year-old daughter married her husband, Sam Bradshaw, during an adults-only affair in July 2020.
Additionally, Jackson recently revealed that he has been battling an incurable, non-fatal disease known as Charcot-Marie-Tooth.
During an exclusive interview on Tuesday, September, 28, with TODAY show host, Jenna Bush Hager, the country music icon opened up about his diagnosis.
Jackson, talking to Bush Hager from the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum in Nashville, Tennessee, detailed his condition, which according to the Georgia native he was diagnosis with ten years ago.
“I have this neuropathy and neurological disease,” Jackson revealed.
He continued to share that the disease, inherited from his father, is progressing and now affecting his ability to walk.
“It’s genetic that I inherited from my daddy… There’s no cure for it, but it’s been affecting me for years,” the “Where Have You Gone” singer continued. “And it’s getting more and more obvious. And I know I’m stumbling around on stage. And now I’m having a little trouble balancing, even in front of the microphone, and so I just feel very uncomfortable.”