Tonight is the 49th Annual Songwriters Hall of Fame Induction and Awards Ceremony. Being recognized tonight among others is Mr. Alan Jackson! Alan Jackson shared that he always dreamt of being a songwriter, especially back in the day when he was working as a mechanic before making it in the music business.
Alan Jackson made his country music debut in 1989 and since then has been the writer behind many of his hit songs. Alan played a big part in writing songs like "Chattahootchee", "Don't Rock The Jukebox", and "Where Were You (When The World Stopped Turning)". As of right now, Alan holds onto 35 #1 Hits in his career! He shares that the reason his songs do so well is that he always shares his story and ain't that what country music is all about?
As far as being inducted into the hall of fame, Alan Jackson will be sharing the moment with other incredible songwriters including Kool & The Gang, John Mellencamp, Jermaine Dupri, and more. The hall of fame has held high standards for its members since the 1970s.
Their mission is to "preserve, honor and celebrate the legacy of the great songwriters whose work has enriched the world’s culture while developing new writing talent through professional education, Master Sessions, workshops, showcases, scholarships and digital initiatives."
In order to become a member, one must be a published writer for at least 20 years and have a notable catalog of hit songs.
Congratulations to Alan Jackson and all the others receiving this prestigious honor tonight!
PHOTOS: Alan Jackson
Sources: Rolling Stone, Billboard, CMT