Country Superstarâ€™s New Song â€œThe Older I Getâ€ Is the First from a Forthcoming Album
As he prepares for his formal induction into theÂ Country Music Hall of FameÂ (on Sunday, October 22), Alan Jackson is releasing new music for fans. â€œThe Older I Getâ€ â€“ a first taste of whatâ€™s to come on Jacksonâ€™s next album â€“ is his first new studio recording since 2015.
â€œThis song reflects a lot of how I feel these days,â€ he says of the song, written by Adam Wright, Hailey Whitters and Sarah Allison Turner. â€œItâ€™s a good song; I really liked it, but the message was a little different when I first heard it. I thought maybe it could be a little more positive about being older and wiser and more content, so they rewrote a few things, and this is how it ended up.â€
â€œThe older I get / The more I think / You only get a minute / Better live while youâ€™re in it / â€˜Cause itâ€™s gone in a blink,â€ Jackson sings in the opening lines of the song. The reflective ballad is filled with the revelations and realizations that can only come from a life well-lived, and the words and melody create an instant image of Jacksonâ€™s own place in life and country music. â€œThe older I get / The more thankful I feel / For the life Iâ€™ve had / And all the life Iâ€™m living still.â€
This weekend, Jackson will cement his place in Country Music history as he formally becomes a member of theÂ Country Music Hall of FameÂ at the Museumâ€™s annual Medallion Ceremony. Heâ€™ll join the echelon of 130 of Country Musicâ€™s greatest names as this yearâ€™sÂ Modern Era ArtistÂ inductee. â€œItâ€™s an honor,â€ a humble Jackson said after his name was revealed in April. “For a man who loves country music there is no higher honor. This is the mountain top!”
In selecting Jackson for membership alongside the greatest names in the genre, the Country Music Association noted, â€œWith dozens of chart-topping singles, tens of millions of albums sold, and an un paralleled reputation as a singer and songwriter, he ranks with The Beatles, Elvis Presley and a very small handful of other transcendent artists who stand out like signposts in pop music history. He has blended the old and new in a musical style that is urban and rural, rugged and raw. He took the sounds of Country Music in his youth, and blended them with modern production in a way that made him an immediate star.â€
In recent years, Jacksonâ€™s often found himself asked in interviews if thereâ€™s any unrealized dream or goal he has yet to attain. â€œIâ€™d never say theÂ Country Music Hall of FameÂ because I just felt like that was kind of pretentious to think that I deserve to be in there. But now I can say this is about the last dream on the list â€“ itâ€™s just unbelievable.â€
Jacksonâ€™s membership in theÂ Country Music Hall of FameÂ is the latest in a long line of career-defining accolades that include threeÂ CMA Entertainer of the YearÂ honors, more than 25 years of membership in theÂ Grand Ole Opry, a 2016Â BillboardÂ ranking as one of theÂ Top 10 Country Artists of All-Time, induction to theÂ Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame, and theÂ Heritage AwardÂ as the most-performed country songwriter-artist of ASCAPâ€™s first 100 years. Check out aÂ Country Music Hall of Fame-themed Alan Jackson playlistÂ HERE
â€œThe Older I Getâ€ will be featured on Jacksonâ€™s next studio album, planned for a 2018 release. The newly-minted Hall of Famer will perform on this yearâ€™sÂ CMA AwardsÂ telecast November 8, and heâ€™ll soon announce tour plans for the coming year.