Carrie Underwood wins highest honor at CMT Awards for the third time in a row

Carrie Underwood wins highest honor at CMT Awards for the third time in a row

NASHVILLE, June 6 (UPI) --Carrie Underwood took home the fan-voted Video of The Year award for the third time in a row and the fifth in her career for her song "See You Again."
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Alan Jackson, Kid Rock to perform at SeaWorld this weekend

Alan Jackson, Kid Rock to perform at SeaWorld this weekend

ORLANDO, Fla., Jan. 31 (UPI) -- Florida's SeaWorld Orlando says its planned concert series will go on this weekend with Alan Jackson and Kid Rock, despite the cancellations by nine performers.

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George Jones, iconic country singer, dies at 81

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'Honey Bee' composer wins top ASCAP prize

'Honey Bee' composer wins top ASCAP prize

NASHVILLE, Oct. 30 (UPI) -- Ben Hayslip was named Songwriter of the Year and his song "Honey Bee,"written with Rhett Atkins shared the prize for Country Song of the Year in Nashville.

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New Air Force missile order

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'Looking 4 Myself' tops U.S. album chart

'Looking 4 Myself' tops U.S. album chart

LOS ANGELES, June 20 (UPI) -- Usher's "Looking 4 Myself" is No. 1 on the U.S. album chart, Billboard.com reported Wednesday.

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'21' tops U.S. album chart again

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Alan Jackson
Country music artist Alan Jackson performs in concert at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Hollywood, Florida on October 1, 2009. UPI/Martin Fried

Alan Eugene Jackson (born October 17, 1958) is an American country music singer, known for blending honky tonk and mainstream country sounds and penning many of his own hits. He has recorded 14 studio albums and several compilations, all on the Arista Nashville label. More than 50 of his singles have appeared on Billboard's list of the "Top 30 Country Songs". Of Jackson's entries, 26 were number-one hits. He is the recipient and nominee of multiple awards. Jackson is also a member of the Grand Ole Opry, and he was inducted into the Georgia Music Hall of Fame in 2001.

Jackson was born to Joseph Eugene Jackson and Ruth Musick in Newnan, Georgia and has four older siblings. Jackson is of English descent. As a youth, Jackson listened primarily to gospel music. Otherwise he was not a major music fan. However, a friend of his introduced him to the music of Gene Watson, John Anderson and Hank Williams Jr. Jackson attended the local Elm Street Elementary and Newnan High School, starting a band after high school. After a time, he and his wife of six years, Denise Jackson, moved from Newnan to Nashville where Jackson hoped to pursue music full-time.

Jackson sang in church as a child. He, his father, mother, and four sisters lived in a small home. At one point, his bed was in the hallway for lack of room. His mother lives in the home to this day. His first job, at 12, was in a shoe store. He wrote his first song in 1983. He worked as a car salesman in his 20s.

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