Alan Jackson Shares ‘Proud Dad Moment’ with Daughter Mattie

Alan Jackson is one proud pop.  The Country Music Hall of Famer took to Facebook on Wednesday to share a…


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September 15, 2021


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Alan Jackson and Daugher, Mattie

Alan Jackson is one proud pop. 

The Country Music Hall of Famer took to Facebook on Wednesday to share a sweet snap of himself with his eldest daughter Mattie. The photo showcased Alan and Mattie in what appeared to be a recording studio. 

“Well, there’s one more exciting surprise on the horizon I can’t wait to share,” Mattie captioned her post. “Incredibly thankful to have Dad’s support in sharing my story of healing with y’all soon!”

Jackson shared the post to his page with the simple caption: “Proud Dad Moment.” 


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A post shared by Mattie Jackson Selecman (@mjselecman)

Neither of them elaborated too much on what they are working on together, however, Mattie recently shared that she is working on a book following the tragic and untimely death of her husband, Ben Selecman, who lost his life 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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A post shared by Mattie Jackson Selecman (@mjselecman)

On September 9, Mattie shared that she was recording the audio for her book and that more details about the project would come this fall. 

“This coming weekend will mark 3 years since I lost the love my life; 3 years since the future I’d planned and the marriage I’d prayed for were snatched away,” she wrote. “This week I have had the unbelievable experience of recording the audio of my very first PUBLISHED BOOK – one that charts my pain and struggles and, ultimately, restored trust in Jesus as I’ve grieved Ben these past years.” 

Ben’s death had a profound impact on the country superstar as well. He previously opened up to Hits Daily Double about Ben’s passing and the grief he felt in the time after. 

“When he died, I was kind of pissed off at the world,” Jackson admitted. “I just wasn’t feeling right about anything. You know how I was raised: I grew up with four older sisters, then Denise and our three girls. It’s all I was ever around: girls and women. So having a son-in-law was having a boy I could fish with, work on cars and stuff with. It was tough losing him so suddenly—so jarring to all of us. I lost something I’d never had before.”

While Alan and Mattie have yet to confirm exactly what they are working on together, it’s safe to say it’s likely related to Mattie’s new book. 

Fans can keep up with Mattie’s author page for updates by clicking HERE

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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.