It was celebratory night as country superstar Alan Jackson was among one of the music industry’s top songwriters inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame at a star-studded gala at the Marriott Marquis Hotel in New York City.
Being honored for such hits as “Chasin’ That Neon Rainbow,’ Chattahootchie,” “Don’t Rock The Jukebox,” “Here in the Real World,” “Midnight in Montgomery,” “Remember When” and many more, has put Alan in a league with past songwriter hanorees including Irving Berlin, Cole Porter, John Lennon and Paul McCartney, Bob Dylan, Bruce Springsteen, Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Merle Haggard, Kris Kristofferson, Loretta Lynn and Willie Nelson.
“It’s such an honor to be included with all these people,” Alan said during his induction. “Most people I know are just working, trying to make a living, raise children, have a good time and enjoy life. Sometimes their lives are already hard…and they just want something that makes ‘em feel good or helps them get through a hard time – music is a relief from some of that sometimes. Keith [Stegall] said I’m just a singer of simple songs. And I am.”
The Songwriters Hall of Fame celebrates and honors the contributions of popular music songwriters, while developing new writing talent through workshops, showcases, scholarships, and digital initiatives.
Alan, joined by his wife Denise and three daughters, was in some good company being inducted with superstars such as John Mellencamp, Robert “Kool” Bell, Ronald Bell, George Brown & James “JT” Taylor of Kool & the Gang, Jermaine Dupri, Allee Willis, Steve Dorff and Bill Anderson.