Gift for mom leads to gold for Alan Jackson
Thursday, April 20, 2006
– What was originally intended as simply a gift to his mother has gone gold for Alan Jackson. "Precious Memories" was slated to be a Christmas present, but the collection of gospel hymns has sold more than 500,000 units in less than 2 months.
Looking back on when she first learned that her son had recorded a gospel album as a gift for her, Alan's mother Ruth remarked, "I didn't know that he was going to do it. He had promised me that he would make me one sometime, but I had no idea that he was making it until we were up here before Christmas and he told me that he had made it. And I was just thrilled to death. I cried. It just meant so much to me."
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