Alan Jackson to Re-Release ‘Precious Memories’ Album
In 2006, Alan Jackson took a break from his typical country sound and made ‘Precious Memories,’ an album of old Gospel favorites. The release was such a hit that it broke records, topping three Billboard charts the week of its release — Top Country Albums, Top Christian Albums and Top Christian and Gospel Albums. Now, six years later, the singer-songwriter has decided to re-release the set of hymns to make the album still available to his fans.
The 15-track album, which includes old favorites like ‘The Old Rugged Cross’ and ‘I’ll Fly Away,’ was originally recorded as a gift for Jackson’s mother. But when fans took in a first listen of the simple melodies sung by Jackson’s infamous voice, records flew off the shelf. Problem is, once the singer’s deal with Sony ran out, they stopped producing the album. Fans kept trying to buy copies, but there were none available.
“We had so many people still wanting it and asking about it,” Jackson explains. “It’s just amazing. So we decided to put it back out and have it available again.”
Rumor has it that the Georgian native might start working on a few other hymns for a brand new release. In a recent interview, he hinted that his mother is getting older, and it might be nice to record a new set of gospel hymns.
For now, though, Jackson is busy putting the finishing touches on his upcoming album. The veteran country singer performed the debut from the new release, ‘So You Don’t Have to Love Me Anymore,’ on Jay Leno a few days ago (March 30). The single is already in the Top 40 and climbing.