Alan Jackson with special guest Lauren Alaina
Friday, September 14th | 7:30pm
AMP at the Washington County Fairgrounds
Country superstar Alan Jackson is one of the most successful
and respected singer-songwriters in music. He's sold nearly 60-million albums
worldwide, topped the country singles charts 35 times, and scored more than 50
Top-10 hits. He's a 17-time ACM Award winner, a 16-time CMA Award recipient,
and a two-time Grammy-honored artist whose songwriting has earned him the
prestigious ASCAP Founders Award and an induction into the Nashville
Songwriters Hall of Fame as a 2011 Songwriter/Artist inductee. Jackson has
written or co-written 24 of his 35 #1 hit singles, placing him in the elite
company of Paul McCartney and John Lennon among songwriters who've written more
than 20 songs that they've recorded and taken to the top of the charts. He's
one of the 10 best-selling artists since the inception of SoundScan, ranking
alongside the likes of Eminem and Metallica. Jackson's latest hit, "So You
Don't Have to Love Me Anymore," is from his new album Thirty Miles West,
which is on sale now.
Lauren Alaina’s debut album, Wildflower, is a vibrant bouquet of compelling stories, powerful emotions and soaring vocals that is as irresistible and delightful as Lauren herself.
Lauren captured America’s heart when she appeared on American Idol earlier this year and revealed her enthusiasm, humor and warmth, as well as a commanding voice with an impressive range that has been compared to the genre’s premier vocalists, including Carrie Underwood and Martina McBride. She helped make the show one of the most popular yet. A record-breaking 122.4 million votes were cast for the finale, which garnered 29.3 million viewers, as well as 38.6 million who tuned in to see the winner’s name announced. She signed her record deal shortly thereafter and began recording her debut album with producer Byron Gallimore.
The result is a fitting musical portrait of the 16 year old’s personality, optimism and life experiences. There’s sauce and sentimentality, as well as an unwavering hope for the future and a belief in true love. “Wildflower is the perfect name for my first album,” she says. “I would consider myself a wildflower because wildflowers are sweet, but then they have a little bit of spunk to them – they are ‘wildflowers,’” she says. “I like to have a lot of fun and I’m really sassy.
“I tried to get songs that were all different so everyone would have a part that they liked because people are different,” she says. “I tried to make it so that it would please everyone. It’s just me; that is what the album is: it’s Lauren Alaina. That is the common thread.”