Alan Jackson is celebrating 30 years in the industry. Back in 1985, Jackson singed his first major-label record deal with Arista Nashville on June 26, 1989. Eight months later, Alan released his debut album, Here in the Real World, which spawned hits such as the title track, “Wanted” and “Chasin’ That Neon Rainbow.”

Over the course of his 30-year career, Alan has become one of the Top 10 best-selling country artists of all time, with 35 No. 1 hits, more than a dozen platinum albums, two Grammys, 16 CMAs (three for Entertainer of the Year) and 18 ACMs. He’s also a member of the Country Music Hall of Fame and Songwriters Hall of Fame.

Jackson is not slowing down after 30 years in the business. He is also writing and recording new music, and is the subject of a new documentary, Alan Jackson: Small Town Southern Man, which was released on DVD this week.

Country Mainstay Alan Jackson Marks 30 Years Since His First Record Deal


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