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Alan Jackson was born on October 17, 1958 in Newnan, Georgia, and, though he began singing as a boy, did not seriously pursue music until his mid-20s, when his wife encouraged him to move to Nashville and try to land a record deal. After several years of struggling, Jackson signed to Arista Records in 1989 and entered country music with a bang with the surprise No. 1 success of his 1990 debut single "Here in the Real World."

The unexpectedly strong sales of his debut paved the way for his 1991 breakthrough album "Don't Rock the Jukebox," which went multiplatinum. Working closely with his longtime collaborator, producer/songwriter Keith Stegall, Jackson has since recorded several more albums: "Honky Tonk Christmas" in 1992, the smash hit "A Lot About Livin'" in 1993, "Who I Am" in 1994, and "Everything I Love" in 1996, each of which has sold millions of copies and spawned several No. 1 hits. Jackson has more than 20 No. 1 hits including, "Wanted," "I'd Love You All Over Again," "Someday,"
"Midnight in Montgomery," "Dallas," "Summertime Blues," "Who Says You Can't Have It All," "Gone Country," "I'll Try," "Home" and his hallmark song, "Chattahoochee."

Alan Jackson has sold more than 21 million albums to date, making him one of the most commercially successful country musicians of the 1990s.