This Is Where it Started
On the second to last day of the year 1984, a young mother from Akron, Ohio, gave birth to a healthy boy. The young mother, Gloria Marie James, named him her newborn boy LeBron, which roughly translates to “the brown-haired one.”
Unfortunately, Gloria James had to raise that little boy all by herself, with only the help of her mother. But regardless of the absence of a father figure, she raised him to become a person everyone wants to know.
A Single Parent
With her mother’s passing when she was only 19, Gloria had to raise the boy alone, and he was now just over two years old. This meant no more help from anybody, so she had to care for a little boy on her own.
While going from one neighborhood to the next in Akron, finding a job was difficult, so life became quite challenging. This was when she decided that she needed to move to a place where there’d be some stability for her and the boy.
An Unstable Life
While they were living in Akron, they moved around a lot, and often they stayed with friends. This made him change schools regularly, and he lost nearly half of the year while traveling from one place to another.
At this time of his life, he found comfort in sports and started playing pee wee football for the South Side Rangers. This team, where he found sanctuary, was coached by Frank Walker, who decided to look out for the family.
The New Place
When Frank Walker and his wife Pam heard that the young mother was looking for a new place, he made her an offer. So, they moved in with the Walkers and became part of a healthy home environment where a child could grow up.
Frank and his wife asked Gloria to move in with them until she found something permanent for her and her child. This was the best thing that could happen for the little boy who was struggling to find his place in life.
First Introduction to Sports
A great opportunity was given to LeBron by Frank, who was the coach of the youth football team. When he was still in fourth grade, he joined the team and became friends and teammates with Frank Walker Jr.
This was a great way for the energetic young boy to find his feet and become part of a team. Becoming part of something that meant a lot to him was only the beginning of a new era in his life.
When LeBron James was nine years old, he was introduced to basketball by his coach and mentor, and that changed everything. After his first taste of basketball, there was no stopping this young player, and he played whenever he could.
His first introduction was joining the first rec-league basketball team, the Summit Lake Community Center Hornets. This was where he belonged, James was in his element now, and things just started happening for this young athlete.
Just one year after joining the team of Frank Walker, LeBron James joined the Shooting Stars basketball team. This was a traveling youth league basketball team and was part of the Amateur Athletic Union (AAU) from Northeast Ohio.
This team became both a local and national hit and showed that LeBron was an exceptional player. Life was becoming great for the young boy who had recently struggled to stay ahead with his schoolwork.
The Fab Four
It was playing for this team that LeBron and three of his teammates became known as the Fabulous Four. They were LeBron James, Sian Cotton, Willie McGee, and Dru Joyce, who led their basketball team.
These four also became best friends off the court and ended up in the same high school after a mutual decision. They all chose to attend the private school, St. Vincent-St. Mary high school.
How They Came Together
While LeBon was playing in the Summit Lake community team, Dru Joyce or Little Dru was playing at the Ed Davis Community Center team. They practiced together at the Salvation Army gym and soon started playing together in the traveling Youth League team.
Cotton, who was a football and baseball player, was persuaded to play basketball and joined them soon after. When McGee moved from Chicago to live with his older brother, he joined their team. With the addition of McGee, the group was complete.
Great Things Await
When joining this school, the first thing that Lebron did was join the many different sports teams played with a ball. LeBron became a favorite in both the football and basketball teams, where he dominated in all aspects.
Unfortunately, he had an injury while playing football, making him focus more on playing basketball than the other. According to expert sports analysts, if it weren’t for that, LeBron would easily have been chosen to play in the NFL.
Savannah was born on August 27th, 1986 as the youngest daughter of JK and Jennifer Brinson. She was one of five children and, being the youngest, was raised by all members of the family.
She grew up in a stable and healthy environment with parents who taught her the better values of life. This made her appreciate many things and made her care not just about her close family but also about those who are in need.
An Open Home
As long as Savanah can remember, her parent’s house was always open to those who needed a place or any help. Her parents were always taking care of others who were in need.
These were some of the values she learned from her parents, which made her the person she is today. Any kid or friend of her two brothers and two sisters who had some kind of trouble or need was always welcome in their home.
A Great Athlete
While she was a member of the cheerleading squad, Savannah Brinson was also quite an accomplished athlete in her own right. She also grew up in Akron and was in a rival school in the area where LeBron was born and raised.
She was part of her school’s softball team and had quite a busy social life at the age of 16. At that time, she knew nothing of the popular basketball player just a few miles away.
LeBron and Savannah Meet
He was only 17, and she was 16 when they met, making them the first famous couple from Akron, Ohio. When asked much later, LeBron could still remember what color clothes she wore that first day they met.
They first met when Savanah was a high school sophomore and LeBron was attending a rival school; they became high school sweethearts after that. She remembered that he had asked a friend for her number and she decided that she would take his phone number.
Get the Courage
According to LeBron, he didn’t have the courage to ask her out at first and asked a friend to be his wingman. Even though they were in rival schools, that didn’t bother him, and he decided to go after her anyway.
Even though he didn’t muster the courage to ask her out, they eventually became a couple and have been ever since. Many fans and the press say they are the first power couple coming from the same highly competitive area.
Fortunately for LeBron, the wingman dared to ask for Savannah’s number on his behalf and passed it on. Savannah recalled she first thought to say no and ask for his number instead, so she could decide whether or not she wanted to meet him.
It didn’t take long for her to make a move and give him a call, which according to her, wasn’t a dramatic decision. She recalled she had the number of a boy and decided to call him and see how it went.
A Local Hotshot
Because they were both athletes, LeBron asked her to attend one of the basketball games he was playing. She was quite surprised to find out that he was very talented and that he was a local hotshot at his high school.
After that match, she joined him and his team at a local Applebee’s, where they could get to know each other better in a friendly environment. This was the beginning of a years-long relationship that just got better over time.
First Official Date
For high schoolers, their first date was quite a decent feat; he took her out for an Outback Steakhouse dinner. According to Savannah, the date was very good but what impressed her most was the deed of chivalry after dinner.
She had her leftovers packed in a takeaway bag but forgot to take them with her. Luckily, he saw that she’d missed the bag and took care of it by bringing it to her.
A Real Gentlemen
LeBron James was a real gentleman and respected her parents’ rules by staying within the curfew set by them. He was wise enough to know that winning the favor of her parents was the best way to earn the girl’s respect.
LeBron made sure that her family knew that he was quite serious about Savannah and obeyed their rules. He brought her home in time and tried not to get on the bad side of her father.
Personality Won Her Over
Even though LeBron was quite a hotshot at his high school, his talent wouldn’t win her heart. She wasn’t interested in anything other than his personality and him being himself; that’s what made him attractive to her.
She didn’t need any fans or the spotlight or a big bank account to make her fall for this young athlete. She stuck with him right from the start, and they grew together into a great couple.
New to the NBA
In 2003, LeBron James was not yet 19, and he was already a top pick in the NBA draft. This was a big year for him, not just because it was his senior year in high school but also for his basketball future.
He was destined for greater things than just being the hotshot basketball talent of his high school. Before he could get his bearings, he played for the Cleveland Cavaliers, which started his big-league life.
Much Higher Expectations
This was not junior or high school basketball, this was the big leagues, and much more was expected from LeBron James. Being the youngest rookie placed much more pressure on this talented player, even someone as talented as LeBron.
He was becoming an adult very quickly, much faster than was expected of most 18-year-old boys who’d just started senior year. But that was to become even worse with the newest event happening in the life of LeBron James and Savannah Brinson.
The pressure on LeBron was getting even stronger when he received the news that Savannah was expecting a baby. Everything happened at once; he was now a senior in high school, became the youngest ever top pick draft for the NBA, and now this.
With life getting a lot more complicated and intense, his first season in the NBA was about becoming very busy. But being the professional athlete that he is, he withstood the pressure and supported his high school sweetheart.
Keep it Together
By the time it was prom for the 18-year-old Savannah, she was already five months into her pregnancy. She designed the dress to hide the bump, but she said afterward that she looked terrible. Luckily, that’s just her opinion.
The design was quite fashionable at that time, so nobody noticed that she was hiding something from them. They both got through this and became better people and a baby richer, even though she was quite nervous.
She Was Scared
She was scared to tell her parents that she was expecting a baby and what it would do to LeBron’s new NBA career. LeBron put her mind to rest with the assurance that they’d get through this together, no matter what.
LeBron told her that this wouldn’t slow them down and that they’d keep doing what they were doing. This put her mind at ease, so she told her parents about it and everything worked out just fine.
Their First Child
Then, on October 6th, 2004, they became a family of three. They called the baby boy LeBron James Jr. The apple didn’t fall far from the tree, as he’s just as talented as his father and participated in various sports.
But having the name of a famous father can have its own difficulties, as he experienced in his young life. There was a lot of pressure on Jr. to walk in the footsteps of an overachiever like LeBron James.
LeBron James Jr. is affectionately known as “Bronny” to his parents and everyone else close to the family. He also needed that pet name so people could know they weren’t talking about his famous father.
Bronny is a talented sportsman in his own right and has focused all his attention and talent on basketball. At high school age, he’s already drawing a lot of attention and will bring honor to his family name.
Then, There Was Bryce
Three years after their firstborn, LeBron and Savannah had another child, a baby brother for Bronny, Bryce Maximus James. Following in his father and brother’s footsteps, he started playing basketball at a very young age.
This son of Lebron was named after the main gladiator Maximus in his favorite movie, The Gladiator. Even though LeBron still needed to attend a practice session, he stood by Savannah all the time she was in labor.
Following Big Shoes
He can easily join the NBA in a few short years and even at the same age as his father at 18. This will be a great lineage of excellent sportsmen from the LeBron James family.
At the age of 15, Bryce was already a little taller than his older brother, Bronny, and played his father’s favorite game. It will be a great day for LeBron James if he can play with both of his sons in the NBA.
Life Goes On
After the birth of his second son, LeBron James decided to move from his hometown team, Cleveland Cavaliers, to Miami. His many fans at home weren’t happy when they heard that their favorite player was going to join a rival team.
This happened in 2010 when LeBron became a free agent and joined the Miami Heat team. He was welcomed by the officials, and the team’s fans, with open arms.
Some Didn’t Take it Well
Many Cleveland Cavalier fans made their voice heard when it was announced that LeBron was making a move. This was made public on the TV special, The Decision, and was accepted with mixed emotions.
He signed a six-year deal with Miami Heat and brought a lot of talent and experience. In his own words: “To have the best opportunity to win now and to win into the future.”
Making it Permanent
LeBron and Savannah had been an item for many years now, and with two children already, they needed to make their arrangement permanent. So, LeBron popped the question in 2011, and they were engaged for two years.
On September 14th, 2014, they celebrated their years together and got married. Their wedding took place in San Diego and lasted for three days to make it extra special while everyone enjoyed it.
They’re a Daughter Richer
Just over a month after they got married, their daughter was born on October 22nd, 2014. This was a happy day for the father, LeBron James, who admitted a great change in his life.
According to LeBron, it changed him in many ways, especially the responsibility he felt for the women in his life. He also said that being Zhuri Nova’s father made him a better, stronger, and more dedicated man.
Zhuri Nova James
At a young age, she already knew how to use the family name to become a little star on her own. With a YouTube channel of her own, All Things Zhuri, she has more than 200,000 followers.
Regular videos about her own daily life and parents are posted for the subscribers to view. Her family, friends, and loving parents are featured in these videos.
To the delight of his many fans back home, Lebron announced in 2014 that he was returning to his home team. This was indeed a happy day for his fans and those who supported the Cleveland Cavaliers.
It was also great for both LeBron and Savannah to return home to where they first met. Now, they could settle there and let their children grow up in the same place they fell in love.
Keeping His Promise
When Lebron James returned to his home team, he made them a promise that he’d give them another win. This promise to grant the city another championship was what he planned to do.
In 2016, the man made his promise come true, and the Cleveland Cavaliers won the NBA finals. This was all to the delight of his home team fans and the LeBron James fans.
Savannah Keeping a Low Profile
All the while, his wife, Savannah, kept a low profile and stayed home with the kids, playing mom and housewife. Every now and then, she’d appear in public with her husband on occasions, but she didn’t like the limelight.
It’s not that she didn’t have the personality and looks to become a star herself. According to her, it wasn’t her scene, so she wasn’t available for many interviews.
Learned From Her Parents
Just like her parents, Savannah decided to give back to the community and started a mentorship program for teenage girls. This local mentorship was for girls in her hometown and community called, Akron: Woman of Our Future.
The whole family got involved in her charity undertakings, and even her husband, LeBron, became involved. She also started the LeBron James Family Foundation to do good deeds in the world.
A Helping Hand
This foundation helps youth in the community with problems and keeps them in school. Helping youth overcome difficulties and giving them a better education will give them a better and more secure future.
The foundation led by this couple also started the I Promise School, a public elementary school in Akron, Ohio. This will help to lay a sturdy foundation for those children with troubled backgrounds to have more stability.
More to Give
Savannah threw her heart into these foundations and started another one called the I PROMise Makeover. This is an organization that provides prom dresses for underprivileged teens in the community.
This made an impact on the community in which they grew up and met each other. A lot of money has been donated by the LeBron James Family Foundation towards scholarships at Akron university.
The James household is one happy family and is just what LeBron and Savannah wanted for their home and children. Because LeBron grew up without a father, he wanted to be there for his children so they could have what he did not.
This is a great achievement for someone who didn’t have dual-parent role models when growing up. Now, both LeBron and Savannah James are happy to be called Mom and Dad.
The Woman Who Raised Him
Even though Gloria struggled to give her son the best she could, she achieved a lot with little to spare. It’s clear that LeBron has a great appreciation for the woman who raised him into the man he’s become.
Nowadays, he’s able to provide for his wife and family and give his mother everything she didn’t have. This is a great way of saying ‘thank you, mom!’
Home of Hospitality
Just like her parents, Savannah made the James home a place of hospitality and enjoys having friends and family over. The same values she was taught by her parents are now part of their huge home in Los Angeles.
Every visitor to their home is made to feel welcome and stay for dinner or just have coffee. It’s great to see that these people didn’t forget their roots.
Just the Same People
Even though they’re very popular and have millions of fans, the James couple didn’t change. They’re still the down-to-earth people they were when they just started out with much less at their disposal.
It’s important to LeBron and Savannah that their children stay humble, which is why they provide that example. As LeBron has said, his family keeps him grounded.
Keep it Going
Since that day in 2002 when they first met, LeBron and Savannah have been together and kept it that way. They went from high school sweethearts to the mom and dad of three children and they became famous.
They’ve made it far and will keep going for the sake of their family and true love. It’s nice to know that they’re committed to each other, their children, and their fans.
Family Man – or Is He?
The man who often prides himself on putting his family first and foremost was taken aback by his middle child Ali, who went on social media to tell the truth about her father.
But what could she possibly reveal that the public doesn’t know? The family has faced many trials and tribulations, and she’s decided to come clean.
With 17 American Country Music awards, 35 number one singles, and 14 albums that topped charts outstandingly, it is no surprise that Alan Jackson has been named one of the most popular country music stars of his generation.
But there is more to the Georgia native than selling over 80 million records worldwide – and no, we are not talking about his rather peculiar choice of favorite sandwich, which includes pineapple and mayonnaise. We are talking about what happens the minute Jackson walks off stage.
Born in Newnan, Georgia, Jackson was the only boy among five children in total. Growing up with four sisters taught the man plenty about respecting women and how to act around them, as well as how one should stand their ground when living in a crowded household.
Alan also attended church from a very young age, since his parents were devoted Christians who wanted their child to be brought up in an environment that nurtures faith and is God-abiding.
Man of Faith
Going to church every Sunday not only caused Alan to be a man of faith, but also granted him the opportunity to sing, something he enjoyed doing but never gave too much thought to.
However, belting out songs was not something Alan considered to be a long-term affair, and did not see himself heading down the path of becoming a professional musician. His childhood home was built around his grandpa’s old tool shed, where he was taught to live life simply and had a down-to-earth upbringing.
The Moment Everything Changed
Only when his close friend started playing him country music including some of the biggest names in the industry did Alan realize there was something to this genre, something he could not quite put his finger on.
While listening to Gene Watson and Hank Williams Jr., Alan became inspired to put together a band. Despite the growing obsession, Alan postponed making a bold move and kicking off his musical career until he was 27 years of age, when he and his wife decided to move to Nashville.
A Coin Toss
If you were to ever ask Alan about the first time he had laid eyes on Denise, you would be guaranteed a story that would cause you to smile. One day, as he was sitting down for a meal at a Dairy Queen restaurant, Alan spotted Denise sitting at a table close by.
He could not make up his mind as to how to grab her attention, so he did the first thing he could think of – he tossed a coin her way.
The coin toss stunt must have had a positive effect on Denise since after she left the restaurant, Alan followed her home, asked her out, and she was quick to agree. After that incident, the rest of history.
The lovebirds enjoyed each other’s company to a great extent, driving around town in Alan’s beloved 1955 Thunderbird convertible. Come 1979, the two walked down the aisle, and said “I do,” excited to spend the rest of their lives together as husband and wife.
He Needed Help
After the two tied the knot and moved to the country music capital of the world, Alan was juggling different jobs trying to make ends meet.
He was working at the Nashville Network’s mailroom when suddenly, his wife came home from work with exciting news: as a flight attendant, she often met people from all over the world, and she experienced a chance encounter with Glen Campbell. The Rhinestone Cowboy heard about Alan and offered his help immediately.
His Big Break
Campbell wanted to help Alan to get on the right track, by which he meant to sign a deal with Arista Records. It was this very same label that released his first single, “Blue Blooded Woman,” which came out in 1989.
One short year later, Alan had a parent album released, Here In The Real World, which consisted of his first chart-topping single, “I’d Love You All Over Again.” However, despite his rise toward fame, Alan’s life was far from perfect.
On the Rise
Alan Jackson produced four more number one hits, which were then followed by his first album that topped country charts titled A Lot About Livin’. He continued to rule the country music scene all throughout the 1990’s, singing singles that gained worldwide recognition like “Chattahoochee.”
It was this very same single that had won both Song and Single Of The Year at the CMAs in 1994. The next year was a highly significant one for Alan, who gained membership into the prestigious Grand Ole Opry and booked a 100-date U.S. tour.
While his tour profited him a cool $40 million, Alan was never one to be blown away by cold hard cash. In spite of this, the life he led of fame and fortune confused the man who used to stand behind his word and put everything he held dear to his heart at jeopardy because of a foolish mistake.
This decade brought him his three cherished daughters who he values more than anything, but it also nearly tore his entire family apart.
Mattie Denise, the oldest, was born in 1990. Alexandra Jane “Ali” came into the family three years later, and Dani Grace was the last child to join the Jackson crew in 1997.
For a while, it seemed as though life does not get any sweeter than this – Alan Jackson was a successful musician in his field who has made an international name for himself, his wife, Denise, was supportive of her husband despite him often being away, and their three girls were healthy and chipper.
Nearly Tore the Family Apart
After almost two decades of being married to the woman who stole his heart that eventful day in Dairy Queen, Jackson had a slip. The man had a fling, one that was short-lived, but caused long-term damage, nonetheless.
When news of his adultery hit the fan, Jackson admitted his work commitments pressured him greatly and caused him to seek comfort in other places. Devastated by the news, Denise had enough and the two separated in 1998. But then, something unexpected happened.
Gluing the Pieces Back Together
After several months, Denise and Alan met up in private and had a serious talk. Coming to terms with the fact they still love each other immensely, the pair decided to try and patch things up.
Eventually, they reconciled, which Denis later elaborated about her 2007 memoir, It’s All About Him: Finding The Love Of My Life. Denise shared how difficult it was putting everything in the past and looking forward into the future, which helped her move past the events that nearly tore up her marriage.
Denise Revealed Everything
Alan’s wife, Denise, revealed everything about their marriage and family life in the tell-all book It’s All About Him: Finding the Love of My Life.
Despite the fact that she’s intelligent and successful in her own right, the book’s title implies that Denise has chosen to reduce herself to her relationship with her famous husband. However, fans didn’t seem to mind as Denise’s writing received largely positive reviews and it revealed quite a lot…
The Tell-All Book
In her book, Denise revealed the effects that sudden fame had on her marriage and self-esteem.
She said, “Alan has such a strong personality, and the more his career grew, the more insecure I felt, and the more I absorbed myself into his world. My dreams became his dreams, and it was all about him and his goals, and I kind of lost myself.” We hope that this book, despite its Alan-centered title, gave Denise the self-care she needed.
The affair was not the only event that affected Alan Jackson’s life considerably. Following the events of the 9/11 attack, Jackson released a song titled “Where Were You (When the World Stopped Turning),” which achieved him mainstream recognition and success.
The song was an emotional tribute to the victims of the terror attack and dedicated to their torn up loved ones who had to deal with the endless voids that formed in their hearts. The song was later voted Best Country Song at the Grammy Awards.
Diagnosed With Cancer
Ali was not the only Jackson member who was in the spotlight for unfortunate reasons. Sadly, his wife Denise was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2010, which caused the Jackson family to undergo yet another difficult time.
After two long, hard years of battling the horrible disease, Denise was given the best news she could imagine – her cancer was finally gone. Her appreciative husband later chronicled her battle with the disease as “the hardest thing [he’s] ever been through” and applauded her as “the toughest person [he] know[s].”
After Denise’s recovery, Alan opened up to his fans about how his wife was doing. “She’s doing great,” he revealed, optimistically.
“… Of course, you have to get a scan every few months to check on everything, and it’s all been clear and looking good. She didn’t lose all her hair, but it did get pretty thin. She’s looking better now. She’s probably more healthy than she’s ever been now because she watches what she eats and does, and now she’s wearing me out! Everything’s looking good. I appreciate everybody’s prayers and concerns.”
More Than Words
Before daughter Ali revealed the truth about her father, it was Jackson who was upfront about his experience raising three daughters. In his 2012 album, Thirty Miles West, Alan included a track that he wrote primarily for his girls, which he titled “Her Life’s A Song.”
Jackson later gave an interview to promote the record, and he spoke of how far they have all come into their own. His youngest, Dani, was apparently following in his musical footsteps, he said proudly.
Back to Basics
In the same interview Alan gave while promoting his new album, the celebrated singer discussed looking forward to watching his girls grow and become independent women. “We’ve raised them to go out and take on the world,” he noted.
“That’s what you want them to do, just be happy and healthy. I think we’ll be fine with it.” Since their daughters’ way of upbringing was something both parents agreed upon firmly, Alan and Denise decided to get rid of their extravagant Nashville estate and purchase a more modest home instead.
Mattie Has Grown Up
Alan and Denise’s eldest daughter, Mattie, is all grown up! The young woman leads a busy life as she’s the author of the book Lemons on Friday: Trusting God Through My Greatest Heartbreak. Mattie is also a podcast host and blogger for NaSHEville.
In the past year, she started dating someone new after the tragic loss of her husband three and a half years ago, an event that her father helped her get through.
Alan Gets Credit for NaSHEville
Mattie is the co-founder of NaSHEville, along with Brooke Tometich. Both women maintain that NaSHEville is a space for country women like themselves, and it is a platform for females without being a “modern feminist movement.”
Mattie credits her ability to create such a platform to the advice her father gave her when she was young. He said, “You’ve got a gift, sugar, but you haven’t lived life yet; go find something you want to write about.” Which is exactly what Mattie did.
Ali and Alan Got Closer
Alan got even closer with his middle daughter, Ali, while writing a song for her wedding day. Ali got married in 2020, which resulted in many changes and postponements to the ceremony.
Luckily, the family still managed to celebrate the nuptials at a small backyard party for a few select people. Before the ceremony, Alan wrote a song that was used for the father-daughter dance at both Mattie and Ali’s weddings. It will presumably be used for Dani’s wedding, as well.
Where Is Ali Now?
Not a whole lot is known about Ali’s life today, as the Country princess is extremely private. None of her social media accounts are public but photos of her can be seen on her sister, Mattie’s, social media.
It seems that the Jackson family is still extremely close as Mattie routinely posts photos of the family together and social outings with her sisters. That being said, Ali did surprise fans with an uncharacteristically public appearance…
Ali and Alan’s Duet
In 2021, Ali shocked Alan’s fans by joining him on stage to perform a father-daughter duet for Alan’s Nashville audience. The Jacksons performed the very song that Alan wrote for his girls’ weddings, titled “You’ll Always Be My Baby (Written for Daughters’ Weddings)”.
While the father and daughter sang, Jackson family photos flashed across the screen in the background, to the audience’s delight. In the end, Alan lovingly kissed Ali on the forehead before continuing with the rest of the show.
Dani Remains a Mystery
As the youngest of the Jackson clan, 24-year-old Dani attends public events along with the rest of her family. Like Ali, Dani chooses to keep her personal life private but can be seen in various photos on Mattie’s social media, which is set to public.
While not much is known about Dani’s professional endeavors, it seems that she isn’t interested in following in her father’s musical footsteps. At least not for now, that is…
Never Feeling Worthy
Notwithstanding the progress and acknowledgment Alan Jackson had received until then, it was only in 2017 that Jackson was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame. In an interview with Rolling Stone Magazine, the superstar explained that in spite of all his success, he still did not “feel quite worthy” of the honor given.
One person who had plenty to say about this induction was Alan’s daughter Ali, who went on to her Facebook page to express her deepest thoughts on the matter.
Underage and Untamed
Ali wasn’t always the easiest daughter. In 2013, the middle child proved to have quite a rebellious side as she was charged with assaulting a police officer, resisting arrest and consuming alcohol while still being under the legal drinking age.
Since her character seemed mature enough to avoid future temptation and she appeared to be overall remorseful for giving her family grief, Ali reached a plea agreement with a relatively small slap on the wrist. Instead of jail time, she received community service along with anger management and alcohol safety courses.
Truth Comes Out
In her post, Ali wrote: “The world sees you as follows: a great musician, an impressive songwriter, and a talented vocalist,” she wrote, adding, “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.”
But Ali did not stop there. It was important for her to stress why she felt the need to protect her father’s name, despite any of his past wrongdoings.
Every Daughter’s Dream Father
Ali used her voice to pass forward a moving message, one that described her father, Alan Jackson, as “every daughter’s dream father.” Ali knew she could count on her dad no matter what.
He was a constant reminder of what a role model should be like – one that fills their home with love, understanding – and, of course, music. She praised Jackson for “making sure [they] knew whatever [their] dream was could be [their] reality.” It is no surprise this particular post went viral. But then, she got surprising replies.
Reading his precious daughter’s admiring message, it did not take long for many of Jackson’s fans to share similar positive feedback in response. One user wrote: “His songs are wonderful and you knew he was a dedicated family man.
You can see why his daughters are so proud of him.” Another chimed in, noting in appreciation how nice it was to read such words from the singer’s daughter: “What a beautiful tribute to Alan Jackson, love his music.” But now…
Alan and Denise Jackson’s three daughters may have lived in their father’s shadow while growing up, but the trusty trio has great things lined up in their future. Eldest daughter Mattie has proven to have both beauty and brains and became a qualified sommelier.
Putting her skills to good use, the girl now owns her own Nashville wine bar. As for Ali and Dani – both have recently spread their wings and fled the nest. As for their father…
Top Priority Is to Be Himself
Alan continues to try and make up for his wrongdoings in the past by being the best possible father and husband he can be.
As for his music, he was quoted saying: “I’ve always tried to make music the first priority – not being a star, not being in the spotlight, just trying to make music that I loved, that the fans like, and not compromise that to fit into something else.” On that note, we look forward to seeing what great things Alan Jackson has up and coming.
Alan and Denise’s Vow Renewal
In 2020, Denise and Alan celebrated their 41st anniversary by renewing their vows. While it’s an accomplishment for any marriage to last that long, it’s a particularly big milestone for the Jackson couple due to their temporary break-up.
Alan and Denise credit their marriage’s strength to couples therapy, their desire to stay together, and their commitment to one another. Hopefully, these renewed vows will be kept, as the original ones were tragically broken.
Alan Focuses on His Family
Alan Jackson is known for his heartfelt songs about the things he cares most about: his family, his faith, and his country. As well as having written songs for his daughters, Alan also wrote a song for Denise called “When I Saw You Leaving (For Nisey)”.
Alan also penned a ballad for his late father, which he titled “Drive (For Daddy Gene)”. However, the country star unexpectedly put his music on hold and refused to release what had already been recorded.
A Break From Music
After the tragic loss of both his mother and son-in-law, Alan decided to take a break from music in order to focus on being there for his, and his family’s, grief.
Alan explained, “When you’re the daddy and you kind of feel like you’re the head man, and you’ve got your wife and daughters and everybody, you really hurt more for them going through it. It just took a long time for me to feel good again, to feel like I actually wanted to sit down and write something.”
Health Concerns Arose
Unfortunately, Alan’s health has taken a turn for the worse in recent years. The country singer has been diagnosed with Charcot-Marie-Tooth disease, a nerve condition that affects one’s ability to walk.
Alan explained, “It’s genetic that I inherited from my daddy… There’s no cure for it, but it’s been affecting me for years. 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.”
The Support System
After Alan’s diagnosis, his fans took to the internet to show support for their idol. One person posted, “I’m so sorry about your CMT Alan Jackson please take care of yourself Alan Jackson don’t push yourself out for me and your other fans and your family.”
While another wrote, “He was sitting for a few songs at the benefit concert but I didn’t think too much of it but at least I know why now.” It seems that Alan’s fans intend on being there for him through thick and thin!
Will Alan Ever Retire?
After a wildly successful career that spanned decades, and given his current health issues, fans can’t help but ask, is it time for Alan Jackson to retire?
Well, it seems that Alan himself doesn’t have the answer, as he’s said, “I didn’t really worry about it one way or the other. If I hadn’t ever made another album, I just wouldn’t have made it. But when it felt right, it felt right. I think I would have been happy either way.