Loretta Lynn makes surprise appearance at Country Music Hall of Fame ceremony

Joanna Estrada
October 24, 2017

Alan Jackson, one of the newest members of the County Music Hall of Fame, released a new single last week that's all about being "older and wiser".

Denise played a crucial role in helping Alan land his first big break, giving a tape to Glen Campbell at the airport, while she was working as a flight attendant. She received a standing ovation from the crowd when she took to the stage, and shared her memory of meeting Jackson for the first time, recalling that he "looked like a scared little boy" before she told him he would become one of the greatest singers in country music.

Alan Jackson has released new music, "The Older I Get", his first studio recording since 2015.

Alan was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame alongside the late country star and actor Jerry Reed and songwriter Don Schlitz, best known for writing Kenny Rogers' "The Gambler" and Randy Travis's "Forever and Ever, Amen" among scores of other major country hits. When asked what their father would think of his induction, they laughed. He then told his grandchildren to look around the almost 800 people who were on their feet: "This is an unbroken circle.We all do this for each other". You're the only thing that could have brought me here.

"Loretta Lynn said I should be here", Jackson marveled when he stepped up to the podium. "He was practicing backstage, going through his songs, and I looked at him and said, 'You're going to be one of the greatest singers in country music.' He hadn't let me down". "That's all I needed to hear". Lee Ann Womack delivered Alan's debut hit, "Here in the Real World", and Alison Krauss loaned her haunting voice to another hit from Alan's early years, "Someday".

At the end of the evening, Jackson, Lynn, Strait and Connie Smith led the room in country music's anthem.

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