Country music superstar Alan Jackson will be inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame. To be inducted a songwriter needs to have been writing hit songs for at least 20 years. Loretta Lynn, Kris Kristofferson and Dolly Parton are three previous inductees from country music .
Jackson's singing and songwriting career has lasted more than 25 years. "I started writing because somebody told me I needed some original material," he says. "I'd never even thought about writing or studied songwriting."
During a June 14 ceremony in New York City Jackson will join about 400 other lifetime inductees in a Hall of Fame that recognizes songwriting across all genres of music. John Mellencamp, Kool & the Gang and Jermaine Dupri will also be inducted, as well as Allee Willis, who wrote the theme from TV's Friends among other accomplishments.
Jackson recently scored a #1 Chistian album on the Billboard Christian Album chart with Precious Memories Collection.