There are so many reasons to love Alan Jackson. He’s a phenomenal singer, an incredible songwriter and his music has stood the test of time. All those are great reasons to admire the man, but one of my favorite things about the man is his heart and his compassion. I am impressed just about every time I hear him speak – it’s so easy to tell he’s very greatful to the fans and he’s never forgotten it’s the fans who kept him for over twenty years.
Alan seems to know how to respond when there’s a tragedy. I think it’s something that comes naturally with a compassionate heart. I remember the first time I heard his song “Where Were You (When The World Stopped Turning).” He said everything I was feeling on 9/11 and the days that followed, but Alan somehow found a way to put that emotion in words.
When the recent wildfires devestated Colorado (and they are still burning), Alan didn’t write a song, but he did respond. “It’s just the saddest thing,” he said last night at his show at the Red Rocks Ampitheatre. “I’m just heart broke about the fires out here.” Jackson partnered with AEG and KYGO/Denver to offer some reserved, front row seats at a premium price. The special deal was announced on the radio yesterday morning and thousands of dollars were raised in just a short amount of time. All proceeds from this special offer went to the Dever Foundation for use by the Colorado Wildfire Relief Fund.
Although Jackson didn’t have any financial gain from the special offer, he was greatful to the people who paid the premium price to help fight the fires in Colorado that has claimed at least two lives and destroyed over 300 homes. “We really appreciate all the great people that have been helping them out here,” Jackson said. “They sold some of the seats down here on a special deal to try and raise some money to help fight that battle – whoever bought those, that was mighty nice of y’all and I really appreciate it.”
People wishing to make donations to help with the Colorado wildfire relief can do so by calling 1-800-RED-CROSS or online by visiting www.coloradoredcross.org.