Corbette Jackson, a vocalist whose style combines the traditionalism of country music with the full-bodied passion of classic rock, seemed destined from birth to become a music star.
After all, he's not the first person from Newnan, Georgia whose birth name is Alan Jackson who has made a splash on the country music scene. Born in 1992, Alan Corbette Jackson was in third grade when he first sang in front of an audience at a talent show, and from that moment on he dreamed of making music his life. He regularly sang in church, and in his teens he divided his time between sports and music. When he was 15, Jackson began learning to play guitar, and he developed a following when he became a regular at the karaoke night at a local sports bar, earning an ovation when he sang Kenny Chesney's "Anything But Mine." In 2009, Jackson faced a nationwide audience for the first time when he auditioned to appear on American Idol as Alan Jackson; he fared well enough to earn a ticket to Hollywood, but didn't become one of the finalists. The appearance on American Idol did convince Jackson that having the same name as an established star was a drawback, and he began billing himself briefly as A.J. Corbette before taking the stage name of Corbette Jackson. In 2011, Jackson had a regional hit in Georgia with his single "Heart of a Champion," which he recorded with the Lost Trailers. The song also appeared on an independent EP titled 7. Over the next few years, Jackson built an audience through hard work and plenty of touring, taking his energetic live show to venues all over the South and Southwest. In 2017 Jackson returned to the recording studio to cut a pair of digital singles, "Open Door" and "Tennessee," the latter of which gained valuable exposure when it was used in an August 2017 broadcast of NASCAR's Bass Pro Shops NRA Night Race. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi