Alan Jackson The SONGWRITER to be Honored


Alan Jackson is one of the greatest singers and entertainers in country music history, and few if anyone would dispute that. But something about the Georgia native that makes his legendary career and catalog that much more remarkable is how he wrote so many of his own songs, and so many of his biggest hits.

These days we’re used to songwriting by committee, especially from most mainstream major label country stars. But even in Alan Jackson’s most productive era, an artist writing most of their own songs like Alan was rare, especially his biggest hits. “Chasin’ That Neon Rainbow,” “Don’t Rock The Jukebox,” “Chattahoochee,” “Midnight in Montgomery,” “Where Were You (When The World Stopped Turning),” and many more are Alan Jackson cuts.

At the same time, Jackson has been a champion of great songs written by others, like Bob McDill’s “Gone Country,” or Larry Cordle and Larry Shell’s “Murder on Music Row.” This is the reason Alan Jackson is receiving the Nashville Songwriters Association International or NSAI’s Kris Kristofferson Lifetime Achievement Award in 2024.

“When the NSAI Board of Directors chose Alan Jackson as this year’s recipient of the Kris Kristofferson Lifetime Achievement Award, I knew they had made a fantastic choice,” says NSAI Chief Operating Officer Jennifer Turnbow. “I was eager to craft a segment of our annual awards show around his work as a songwriter. But, it wasn’t until I really studied his body of work and recalled decades of his songs that I realized just how deserving he was of this recognition. Alan’s songs, many of which he wrote by himself, have marked significant moments in time and are etched into the memories of multiple generations.”

Also as part of the upcoming festivities (detailed to be announced soon), producer, musician, and songwriter Buddy Cannon will receive the NSAI’s President’s Keystone Award. Though Buddy Cannon has written multiple notable songs (“Set ‘Em Up Joe,” “Dream Of Me,” “Give It Away”), the Keystone Award is just as much about and individual that champions good songs as it is about someone that writes them. That’s how George Strait earned the award a few years back.

As the producer of Kenny Chesney and many of Willie Nelson’s recent albums where he also co-writes many of Willie’s new songs, Cannon is the kind of songwriting champion the NSAI is looking for.

“It is impossible to calculate the impact Buddy Cannon has had on the songwriters in this town. He is famous for being tough on songs and helping build multi decade careers,” says NSAI Board President Lee Thomas Miller.

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