Alan Jackson, a member of the Country Music Hall of Fame, revealed on Tuesday that he has been diagnosed with Charcot-Marie-Tooth syndrome, a collection of nerve illnesses that have impacted his ability to move and maintain balance on stage.
Jackson, 62, said he inherited the disease from his father and that it has afflicted other members of his family in an interview with Jenna Bush Hager of the “TODAY” show. He’d been diagnosed with cancer ten years.
“It’s been impacting me for years, and it’s becoming more apparent,” Jackson explained. “And I know I’m fumbling around on stage, and now I’m having some trouble balancing even in front of the microphone, and so I just feel extremely uncomfortable, and I just want people to know that’s why I look the way I do.”
He said he doesn’t want fans to feel sorry for him, adding that the disease is “not fatal, (but) it’s gonna disable me, eventually.”
The following is a summary of what we know about Charcot-Marie-Tooth disease.
Alan Eugene Jackson was born on October 17, 1958, in Newnan, Georgia. He grew up in a house built around his grandfather’s tool shed with his mother Ruth, father Joseph (better known as Gene), and four elder sisters.
Alan grew up listening to church music until a friend exposed him to the songs of Hank Williams Jr., Gene Watson, and John Anderson.
Alon Jackson attended Elm Street Elementary and Newnan High School before joining the Dixie Steel band after graduation. Alan began writing songs in his mid-twenties and relocated to Nashville, Tennessee, at the age of 27 to pursue a music career.
He recorded the album “New Traditional” in Hendersonville, Tennessee in 1987, and it was only published in Japan, according to reports.
What Caused Alan Jackson’s Health Condition?
Tooth decay is a genetically transmitted ailment. It is caused by gene changes that impair the nerves in your feet, legs, hands, and arms.
Because it’s a hereditary disease, you’re more likely to have it if someone in your immediate family has it.
Is CMT curable?
The sickness is incurable. However, it usually advances slowly and has no impact on life expectancy.
Physical and occupational therapy are two treatments that can help people manage Charcot-Marie-Tooth disease.
Researchers are looking at a variety of potential medicines that could one day be used to treat the disease, such as drugs, gene therapy, and in vitro techniques that could help prevent the sickness from being passed down to future generations.
Alan got a job in The Nashville Network’s mailroom after moving to Tennessee. Denise, his wife, worked as a flight attendant, which allowed her to meet Glen Campbell. Denise asked Campbell for Alan’s counsel, and Glen handed her his manager’s business card and instructed her to phone him.
Alan Jackson was signed to Arista Records, and when the label established an Arista Nashville division in 1989, he was the first artist to join.
That year, he released his first single, “Blue Blooded Woman,” followed by his first studio album, “Here in the Real World,” on February 27, 1990.
The popular singles “Here in the Real World,” “Wanted,” “Chasin’ That Neon Rainbow,” and “I’d Love You All Over Again” was included on the album, which went double platinum and charted at #4 on the “Billboard” Top Country Albums chart.
Many of the tracks on Randy Travis’s 1991 album “High Lonesome” were co-written by Jackson. Alan followed up his platinum debut with four more platinum albums: “Don’t Rock the Jukebox” (1991), “A Lot About Livin’ (And a Little About Love)” (1992), “Who I Am” (1994), and “Who everything I Love” (1995). (1996).
Jackson released five studio albums between 2000 and 2008, with “When Somebody Loves You” (2000), “Drive” (2002), “What I Do” (2004), “Like Red on a Rose” (2006), and “Good Time” (2008) all reaching #1 on the “Billboard” Top Country Albums list. He had nine #1 songs during that decade, including “Where I Come From,” “It’s Five O’Clock Somewhere,” and “Country Boy,” which he co-wrote with Jimmy Buffett.
Alan won his first Grammy for the song “Where Were You (When the World Stopped Turning)” which he published in 2001 in honor of the victims of the 9/11 terrorist attacks.
Jackson’s albums “Freight Train” (2010), “Thirty Miles West” (2012), “The Bluegrass Album” (2013), and “Angels and Alcohol” (2015) were released in the next decade, with “Thirty Miles West” and “Angels and Alcohol” both reaching #1 on the Top Country Albums chart.
Alan departed Arista Nashville in 2011 to join EMI Nashville. The Country Music Hall of Fame opened the “Alan Jackson: 25 Years of Keepin’ It Country” exhibit in 2014, and Jackson was named Artist-in-Residence for the year.
In 2016, Alan and 29 other musicians joined together to sing “Forever Country,” a mash-up of “I Will Always Love You,” “On the Road Again,” and “Take Me Home, Country Roads,” in honor of the CMA Awards’ 50th anniversary.
“Where Have You Gone,” Jackson’s 21st studio album, was released in May 2021 and hit #2 on the Top Country Albums chart.
Alan offered his property in Franklin, Tennessee, for $23 million in September 2020. The main residence is 22,000 square feet and contains five bedrooms and eight bathrooms. The main home is on four acres and is surrounded by 120 acres of secluded vegetation.
Alan and his wife purchased the land in the mid-1990s, undeveloped, and spent years custom-building the mansion and grounds. In March 2021, this property sold for $19 million.
Alan sold a prior property for $38 million in June 2009. A year later, he took $28 million.