Alan Jackson and Daughter Mattie Co-Write New Song Together

After teasing a father/daughter collaboration on Wednesday, Alan Jackson and his eldest daughter, Mattie Jackson Selecman, have revealed that they…


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September 16, 2021


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Alan Jackson, Daughter Mattie Jackson Selecman

After teasing a father/daughter collaboration on Wednesday, Alan Jackson and his eldest daughter, Mattie Jackson Selecman, have revealed that they co-wrote a song in honor of her first book. 

The track, “Racing the Dark,” was co-written by the father/daughter duo and recorded by the country icon. The song is available to download for a limited time by pre-ordering Mattie’s book, Lemons on Friday

The upcoming release, out November 16, finds Mattie sharing her story of facing the heartbreaking loss of her husband, Ben Selecman, who died in 2018 after suffering a head injury after falling on a boat dock near West Palm Beach, Florida. 

At the time of his death, Mattie and Ben had been married less than one year. He was only 28 years old. 


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Throughout the book, Selecman also touches on how the nonprofit she started two months before Ben’s passing called NaSHEville, which helps orphans, human trafficking victims and widows, took on a whole new meaning following her own loss.

“My greatest hope in sharing my grief and story with the world is that anyone who is struggling, regardless the circumstances, will be reminded that no heartbreak or loss is unredeemable; that by confidently clinging to hope, we can truly heal,” says Selecman.

Lemons on Friday also features a foreword by Alan and wife Denise Jackson, who happens to be a New York Times best-selling author herself. In the foreword, Alan and Denise share Mattie’s story from their perspective as well as their renewed hope for her as she continues to grieve. 

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Lauren Jo Black, a University of Central Florida graduate, has immersed herself in the world of country music for over 15 years. In 2008, she co-founded CountryMusicIsLove, eventually selling it to a major record label in 2015. Following the rebranding of the website to Sounds Like Nashville, Black served as Editor-in-Chief for two and a half years. Currently, she assumes the role of Editor-in-Chief at Country Now and oversees Country Now’s content and digital footprint. Her extensive experience also encompasses her previous role as a Country Music Expert Writer for and her work being featured on She’s been spotlighted among Country Aircheck’s Women of Influence and received the 2012 Rising Star Award from the University of Central Florida. Black also spent time in front of the camera as host of Country Now Live, which brought live music directly to fans in 2021 when the majority of concerts were halted due to the pandemic. During this time, she hosted 24 weeks of live concerts via Country Now Live on Twitch with special guests such as Lady A, Dierks Bentley, Jordan Davis, Brett Young, and Jon Pardi. Over the course of her career, she has had the privilege of conducting interviews with some of the industry’s most prominent stars, including Reba McEntire, Blake Shelton, Luke Combs, Carrie Underwood, Luke Bryan, Miranda Lambert, Lainey Wilson, and many others. Lauren Jo Black is a longtime member of the Country Music Association and the Academy of Country Music.