During 2018, the family of country music superstar Alan Jackson suffered a very tragic loss. That year, the “Don’t Rock the Jukebox” singer’s son-in-law, Ben Selecman, passed away from a tragic accident.
Ben was married to Jackson’s daughter, Mattie Jackson Selecman. It was while the family was celebrating Labor Day in September of that year that Ben was injured. They were celebrating on Alan Jackson’s boat. During the gathering, Ben was helping someone step onto the boat when he slipped and hit his head.
Ben was soon hospitalized and he was placed into a medically-induced coma. After 11 days, doctors decided to bring Ben out of the coma. At first, he appeared to be on the mend. Sadly, only minutes later, Ben suffered brain damage and had several strokes. He passed away on Sept. 12, 2018. Mattie and Ben had only been married for 11 months when he passed away.
Now three years later, Alan Jackson and Mattie have teamed up on a new song, which they wrote together. It is titled, “Racing In The Dark.” As a teaser for their new song, Mattie shared a photo of her with her famous father on Instagram. They are sitting in a recording studio and appear to really be enjoying their collaboration.
“Well, there’s one more exciting surprise on the horizon I can’t wait to share! Incredibly thankful to have Dad’s support in sharing my story of healing with y’all soon!” Mattie Jackson Selecman posted.
Daughter of Alan Jackson Has Published a Book About Her Experiences Following the Untimely Death of Her Husband
Alan Jackson’s daughter, Mattie, is also remembering her late husband, Ben Selecman, in her new book. Titled, “Lemons On Friday: Trusting God Through My Greatest Heartbreak,” the book will be released on Nov. 16.
In it, Mattie talks about how her Christian faith offered comfort for her following the tragic death of her husband. Mattie also shares how she wrestled with her faith during such a trying time for her and her family.
“This is a story about how you go about honestly grieving something that is heartbreaking, that you know God could have stopped,” Mattie recently told PEOPLE. “And for some reason, He didn’t, and you have to grapple with that. It’s also about the many question marks you might have in your future, when you find that so many of your plans have been undone. How do you process that honestly, but also not lose hope.”
Alan Jackson’s daughter also said she hopes that her book will help people who are going through similar situations.
“My greatest hope is that people just see my story for what it is. This book is just a vehicle to show that you can hurt honestly with God, but there is a way to not let that hurt overcome you because of the hope of who He is,” Mattie also said.
The book, “Lemons On Friday,” also includes a foreword that was written by Alan Jackson and his wife, Denise Jackson.