COUNTRY music icon, Alan Jackson, was recently presented with the Willie Nelson Lifetime Achievement Award by the Country Music Association.
Even with his performance being affected by a condition he has been struggling with for over 10 years, the 64-year-old still garnered enough energy to sing at the CMA Awards on November 9, 2022.
How is Alan Jackson doing?
“All the wonderful fans I’ve had all over the world. Appreciate y’all,” the country star is heard telling viewers.
“Radio and all the parts of country music that have been so good to me all these years. I’ve definitely lived the American dream.”
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The music legend has been suffering from an incurable neurological disorder for years but officially put speculation about his well-being to rest in November following his lively performance at the CMA Awards.
“Country music’s been really good to me,” Jackson said on stage after accepting his Willie Nelson Lifetime Achievement Award. “I fell in love with it when I was a young man.”
Following his speech, he took the stage to sing, Don’t Rock the Jukebox – one of his most iconic tracks.
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What has Alan Jackson said about his health battle?
Jackson has been battling Charcot-Marie-Tooth disease for over a decade, but the 64-year-old didn’t go public with his diagnosis until September 2021.
Timeline of Alan Jackson’s battle with Charcot-Marie-Tooth:
- September 2021: Interview with Jenna Bush Hager of the Today show where he announced that he has been struggling with the neurological, hereditary disorder that causes progressive loss of muscle tissue and loss of sensation in the arms and legs.
- March 2022: Jackson announced his Last Call Tour, which ran from June to October. “I’ve always admired my heroes like George Jones, Merle Haggard, Loretta Lynn and Charley Pride who just played as much as they wanted to, as long as they could,” Jackson wrote in a statement. “I’ve always thought I’d like to do that, and I’d like to as long as my health will allow. I’ll try to do as much as I can, but if I’m comin’ your way, come see me.”
- October 2022: Jackson postponed his final two shows of his Last Call: One More For The Road Tour due to health issues affecting his balance. “I hoped I’d be able to be there; I hate to disappoint my fans,” Jackson wrote on his official website. “I tried as much as I could to play this show at this time.”
- November 2022: Jackson received the Willie Nelson Lifetime Achievement Award at the CMA Awards where he thanked his wife, Denise, for always being there for him. “We started out as teenagers and she’s been on this roller coaster ride with me for 40 something years now,” he said in his speech. “I’m 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.”
How many children does Alan Jackson have?
Jackson and his wife, Denise tied the knot back in 1979.
Since then, they have welcomed three daughters: Mattie, Alexandra, and Dani.