Alan Jackson Born: 10/17/1958 in Newnan, GA Jump to Related Articles Photos Filmography Biography Filmography other (2) Hunks with Hats Actor Our Country Performance Biography EDUCATION Newnan High School, Newnan, GA (1976) 0 Milestones Big break came in 1985, when his wife, then a flight attendant, gave his demo tape to country singer Glen Campbell at an Atlanta airport. Released his debut album, the platinum-selling Here in the Real World, in 1989. His 2006 album Precious Memories---originally recorded as a Christmas gift for his mother---was the first gospel recording to debut at No. 1 on Billboard's Top Country Albums chart. Started his first job, working in a shoe-repair shop, at the age of 12; later worked as a forklift driver at Kmart and in the mail room of cable network TNN. Got his first guitar at the age of 16.