Alan Jackson started his music career relatively late. He began a career in the music industry at the age of 27. Now, for pop artists or rap artists, this might be late, but not for a country singer. He is one of the best-selling music artists of all-time. He sold more than 75 million records worldwide and 44 million in the United States alone. So, how much is Alan Jackson net worth?
Jackson honors a neotraditional country musical style. He has 16 studio albums, three greatest hits albums, two Christmas albums, and two gospel albums.
He has 66 songs appearing on the Billboard Hot Country chart. Of those, 38 reached the top five, and 35 claimed the top spot.
Career Ups and Downs
Jackson didn’t start his career in music. In fact, he got his first job in The Nashville Network’s mailroom. Denise, his wife, was a flight attendant. She came in contact with Glen Campbell and asked for advice for Alan. Glen gave her a business card. The rest is history. This helped jumpstart Alan Jackson’s career.
He was the first artist to the Arista Nashville branch of Arista Records. The record label released his debut single, Blue Blood Woman in late 1989. The next year he released the song Here in the Real World, which was the title track to the debut studio album. On this album he had the first number one, I’d Love You All Over Again.
His third album A Lot About Livin had many number one hits and top five hits. In 1994, he left Ten Ten Management, a management company overseeing his career. On his fourth album, released in 1994, he had four number one hits.
In the 1990s, he released his first Greatest Hits collection with 17 songs, two newly recorded. In 1996, he released the album Everything I Love. The fifth single of the album was the first one since 1989 to miss the top 10 charts.
In the 2000s, Alan Jackson criticized the state of country music. He and George Strait led the criticism. In his song Murder on Music Row, he expressed his feelings. The song sparked debate in the country music community. This is the highest-charting nonseasonal album cut to appear on the Hot Country Singles and Tacks.
In 2000, Rolling Stone praised his style saying “Alan Jackson does his best to return the bar in country music to a more human level”. Following 9/11, he released the song Where Were You as a tribute to the people who lost their lives in the terrorist attack. His performance with the song at the 2001 CMA Awards was the highlight of the show.
In 2002, he released his second Christmas album titled “Let It Be Christmas”. In the 2000s, he released a few more albums and singles. His album Like Red on a Rose abandoned his typical country style. Instead, it was more of a soft rock/adult contemporary sound. Fans thought he abandoned his signature style for more commercial success. And it was a commercial disappointment as a result.
In 2010, he released another Greatest Hits album. His popularity went down. The three singles from the 2012 album Thirty Miles West did not reach the top 30.
But he got back in the game with a gospel album, and the first and only bluegrass album in 2013. The album peaked at No.1 on the Billboard Top Bluegrass Albums chart.
In August 2014, the Country Music Hall of Fame opened an exhibit celebrating 25 years of his career. He performed on October 8 and 22. The exhibited highlighted the different milestones in his career.
Awards and Nominations
Jackson earned nominations and awards from the get-go. He got six Country Music Association Awards nominations in 1989. In 1994, he got four nominations. At the 2002 CMAs, he set the record for most nominations in a single year. With 10 nominations, he got to the second most nominations ever after George Strait.
In 2004, a five-mile stretch of Interstate 85 through his hometown of Newman changed its name to Alan Jackson Highway. He didn’t know of the honor. But said he was happy, and that they should have renamed a dirt road or something. In 2001, he got inducted into the Georgia Music Hall of Fame. Jackson received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 2010. And in 2017, he got inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame.
Income and Earnings
Alan Jackson net worth is close to $100 million. And that is thanks to a music career spanning over three decades. He started late, at the age of 27, but he still works in the music industry at the age of 61. Jackson has the heavy set vocals and love for the country genre. His fan base is loyal, and he is one of the best-selling musicians.
Songwriting is another area where he earns money. It shows his versatility. He takes credit for most of his compositions. With such outstanding skills, he also wrote some songs for other artists.
Thanks to the large fan base, he earns money from endorsement as well. Companies try to bank on his large fan base. He has an endorsement deal with Ford, the car manufacturer.
But one of the biggest boosts for his income and net worth is touring. He tours to various cities and countries. He earns money from entrance fees, but also from brands that want their presence at the concert.
Alan Jackson net worth makes him one of the wealthiest singers in the world. He is definitely in the top 10 wealthiest country singers.
Jackson and his high school sweetheart Denise Jackson got married in 1979. They have three daughters. They separated briefly in 1998 due to the strains of his career. But they got back together. He also cheated on her. Jackson wrote about the story in some of his songs, including She Likes It Too and Remember When.
Denise Jackson also wrote a book about her life with Alan. In the book, she talks about the relationship, separation over infidelity, and recommitment to each other. You can find the book under the title It’s All About Him: Finding the Love of My Life. His nephew, Adam Wright is also a country music singer.
Jackson maintains a close relationship with fellow country singers, but mostly with George Jones. He mentions his friend in the song Don’t Rock the Jukebox.
At George Jones’s funeral service in 2013, Jackson performed He Stopped Loving Her Today. This way one of Jones’s classics.
Alan Jackson is an avid classic car collection. His collection includes an Amphicar, a 1968 Shelby GT 500 KR Convertible, and a 1970 Chevelle SS 396.