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Who is Alan Jackson's wife? Country star dedicates CMA Lifetime Achievement Award to partner of 40 years

Alan Jackson was honored with the Willie Nelson Lifetime Achievement Award at the 56th Annual Country Music Association Awards
Alan Jackson lauded his wife Denise after winning the Willie Nelson Lifetime Achievement Award (officialalanjackson/Instagram)
Alan Jackson lauded his wife Denise after winning the Willie Nelson Lifetime Achievement Award (officialalanjackson/Instagram)

NASHVILLE, TENNESSEE: Alan Jackson was honored with the Willie Nelson Lifetime Achievement Award at the 56th Annual Country Music Association Awards. After receiving the award on Wednesday night, November 9, at the Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, the 64-year-old country music icon said, "Country music has been real good to me and I fell in love with it when I was a young man. I really love the instruments, the steel guitars and the fiddles and things like that that gave it such a unique character to me and made it its own. And I love the lyrics and the songs and the artists and the melodies and the harmonies. It's just a real American music to me."

According to Fox News, the two-time Grammy Award winner dedicated the award to his wife Denise, saying, "We started out as teenagers and she's been on this roller coaster ride with me for 40-something years now. I'm probably not always the easiest person to love, but she's hung in there and helped me through hard times and we share great times. The good and the bad, the happy and the sad. We've survived a lot. And I just want to thank her because she's held me up all these years and she's my best friend. I've definitely lived the American dream. And I'm still living that honky tonk dream."


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So who is Alan Jackson's wife?

Alan Jackson’s wife is Denise Jackson who has been with the singer for four decades. Denise, who was born on January 7, 1960, was raised in a Christian home in Newnan, Georgia. She met her husband while a student at Newnan High School. The pair relocated from Georgia to Nashville, Tennessee, where she worked as a flight attendant, after getting married in 1978. She is also a published author of two books - ‘The Road Home,’ which was launched in 2008, and ‘It's All About Him: Finding the Love of My Life,’ which was released in 2007. According to Countryfancast, the beginning of Alan and Denise's romance took place when they were still teenagers attending Georgia's Newnan High School. But in contrast to most romances, theirs began with a straightforward rejection. Alan claims that Denise declined his request for a date the first time he proposed it. He tried again a few years later and was happy to finally hear ‘yes.'


The couple moved to Nashville six years later in order to fulfill Alan's ambition of building a career in country music. The couple's first flat in the city was a cramped basement unit. Alan would perform his songs late at night after working in a mailroom throughout the day. Denise, on the other hand, was a flight attendant. Denise happened to see musician Glen Campbell in the airport one fateful day. She went over to him right away and introduced her husband. Campbell gave her his business card, and Alan quickly secured his first record deal. Alan's debut album, ‘Here in the Real World,’ was released in 1990 and went on to sell over two million copies. They also welcomed their first daughter, Mattie Denise, in the same year.


Everything was going well but the pair suddenly announced their split to everyone's surprise in 1997 after 18 years of marriage. Denise revealed in her 2007 autobiography 'It's All About Him: Finding The Love Of My Life', which she co-wrote with Elle Vaughn, that it was betrayal, specifically Alan's infidelity, that led to their breakup. However, the couple got back together again a year later. The pair acknowledged that their marriage was still far from perfect and that it was always evolving, despite the fact that they have reconciled and things have improved.


In an interview, Alan later claimed that they make an effort to spend more time together by going out to eat or simply hanging out and watching movies. On nice nights, they occasionally built fires while sipping wine. Unless he was out of town, they would go to bed together every night, and after getting up, they'd talk and drink coffee together in the morning. The simple things, in his opinion, were what helped them the most.