Two country music greats will be honored this June for writing some of the most memorable songs of their genre. The Songwriters Hall of Fame has announced its 2018 inductees.
Country music superstar Alan Jackson is among them, according to a Songwriters Hall of Fame press release. The 59-year-old Georgia native will add the honor to a long list of awards earned throughout his three-decade-long career.
Both a singer and a songwriter, Jackson is best known for hits like “Remember When,” “Livin’ on Love,” and “Chasin’ That Neon Rainbow.” Perhaps one of his most enduring works, though, was “Where Were You (When the World Stopped Turning),” his heart-wrenching tribute to America after the 9/11 attacks.
Jackson, born in the rural town of Newnan, has sold almost 60 million albums, is one of the best-selling male vocalists in history, and has had 35 songs rise to number one. He’s won 150 awards in the music industry.
Another country superstar with Georgia roots is also being inducted into the Hall of Fame. 80-year-old Bill Anderson was born in Columbia, South Carolina but grew up in Griffin and Decatur.
When he was just 19 years old, he had his first major label cut — “City Lights — fly straight to the top of the charts. Known for other hits like “Wish You Were Here,” “A Lot Of Things Different,” Once A Day,” and “Cold Hard Facts of Life,” Anderson wrote for other industry stars like Ray Price, Vince Gill, Kenny Chesney, George Strait, and Brad Paisley.
Aside from being a singer, songwriter, and Grand Ole Opry performer, Anderson also became a host for game shows, a soap opera, and an interview show. He appeared on “Family Feud,” “The Today Show,” and “The Tonight Show” as well. Even as an octogenarian, he’s still writing today.
Other 2018 Hall of Fame inductees include Steve Dorff, Jermaine Dupri, the guys from Kool & The Gang, John Mellencamp, and Allee Willis. They’ll be honored at a ceremony in New York City on June 14, according to an Alan Jackson press release.
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