Alan Jackson and Garth Brooks were inducted into the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame at the 41st Anniversary Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame Dinner and Induction Ceremony on Sunday night, Oct. 16.
Alan was officially inducted by Capitol Records Nashville President and CEO and longtime friend Mike Dungan in the 2011 Songwriter/Artist category.
“Denise and I packed up a U-haul and moved to Nashville and I didn’t know a publisher from a producer,” Alan said. “I was stupid enough not to be scared. I have written songs about the ups and downs of married life, songs for the working man, a song about when my daddy died, when my first child left home – I just write whatever I feel. I never wrote a song to get a Grammy or country music Award. All of these things are just life and that is what country music has always been to me.”
Taylor Swift and The Wrights honored Alan’s songwriting during the event. Taylor performed “Where Were You (When the World Stopped Turning)” while The Wrights played a medley of “Good Time,” “Remember When,” “Chattahoochee,” “Don’t Rock The Jukebox” and “Here In The Real World.”
Garth Brooks was also inducted, along with John Bettis, Thom Schuyler and Allen Shamblin. Garth was inducted by manager Bob Doyle and producer/Hall of Fame songwriter Allen Reynolds.
“The greatest award in the music business is to be called a songwriter,” Garth said to the audience. Five songwriter friends performed a medley of songs they co-wrote with Brooks: Hall of Fame songwriter Pat Alger “The Thunder Rolls;” Kent Blazy “If Tomorrow Never Comes;” Stephanie Davis “We Shall Be Free;” Victoria Shaw “The River” and Jenny Yates “When You Come Back To Me Again.”
Additionally, Taylor received the Songwriter/Artist of the year award.