Country Throwback: Alan Jackson Performs ‘Let It Be Christmas’ at CMA Country Christmas 2014

by Joe Rutland

Stardom and all its trappings are not impressive to country music superstar Alan Jackson. His focus on maintaining the musical integrity of country music’s core sound has helped him in his career.

Jackson’s success as a singer and songwriter is something that he worked hard to achieve.

Additionally, it’s something that Jackson probably counts as a blessing in his life. His songs touch people’s lives and leave an imprint on their hearts.

Back in 2014, Jackson performed his song “Let It Be Christmas” at the CMA Country Christmas show.

Take a few minutes and enjoy listening to the sounds of the season.

Alan Jackson And His Illustrious Career

Staying true to country music’s legacy is something Jackson can point to with pride.

According to the biography on his website, “During an era of tremendous musical change, Jackson built his reputation by being a steadfast standard-bearer for traditional country music.”

“While others stoked debates about what does or does not constitute country music, Jackson provided the measuring stick,” according to the biography.

“No one ever questioned the music Jackson created. His songs are, and always have been, the very definition of country music.”

“That dedication to the genre’s core values was apparent from the start of Jackson’s recording career, in 1989, when he became the first country artist signed to Arista Records,” the biography continues.

“His expressive baritone revealed the influence of heroes George Jones and Hank Williams, and his songwriting presented a clever, heartfelt view of life, love, and family in the South.”

“On early hits such as ‘Here in the Real World,’ ‘Chasin’ that Neon Rainbow,’ and his first #1, ‘I’d Love You All Over Again,’ Jackson sounded like a throwback to an earlier era.”

A Song For America After 9/11

Meanwhile, Jackson’s song at a painful time for America is still powerful.

He released “Where Were You (When The World Stopped Turning)” back in 2001, mere weeks after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center.

His baritone voice harkens back to Merle Haggard and Hank Williams, two of Jackson’s music idols.

In addition, his music remains indelibly in the middle of country music’s soul. Alan Jackson keeps the traditions of country balladeers alive and well…and continues to do so.