Alan Jackson Shares Adorable Throwback Photos In Honor of Wife, Denise’s Birthday

Alan Jackson took to social media on Wednesday to wish Denise, his wife of 42 years, a happy birthday. The…


Lauren Jo Black

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April 6, 2022


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Alan Jackson and Wife, Denise; Photo via Facebook

Alan Jackson took to social media on Wednesday to wish Denise, his wife of 42 years, a happy birthday.

The Country Music Hall of Famer’s post included several photos of the couple throughout the years and the caption, “Happy Birthday, Denise! ❤️”

Denise has been by Alan’s throughout his entire career as they began dating while in high school after meeting at a Dairy Queen near their hometown of Newnan, Georgia.

The pair got married on December 15, 1979. (Fun fact: Denise’s maiden name was also Jackson, so she didn’t have to change her last name after getting married!)

The couple relocated to Nashville in 1985 where Alan worked in a mailroom and performed anywhere and everywhere that would allow him stage time. He quickly got his first big break, thanks to his wife’s chance meeting with country legend Glen Campbell.

Denise spotted Campbell at the airport while working as a flight attendant. She introduced herself and he gave her a business card for his publishing company.

“This connection lead me down the path that brought me to where I am today,” Jackson explained in a 2017 Facebook post honoring Campbell.

With Campbell’s help, Jackson signed his first publishing deal. That’s when doors began to open.

Alan Jackson went on to release his debut album in 1990 and went on to become a country music legend with 35 No.1s and 50 Top Ten singles.

Alan and Denise have three daughters, Mattie, Alexandra and Dani.

The couple has faced many challenges together, including a separation in 1997, Denise’s colorectal cancer diagnosis in 2010 and Alan’s battle with a degenerative nerve condition called Charcot-Marie-Tooth disease.

They also endured unimaginable heartbreak in 2018 when their eldest daughter’s husband lost his life as a result of a traumatic head injury.

Alan Jackson and Denise’s relationship has withstood the test of time and all of the ups and downs life has thrown at them.

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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.