Known for blending traditional honky tonk and mainstream country sounds, Alan Jackson is truly a genius of his own craft. He is one of the most acclaimed country artists of all time. He proved that classic country and contemporary country music can blend and go together. In addition, he is one of those who have introduced Neotraditional Country along with Randy Travis, Keith Whitley, Travis Tritt, Alison Krauss, Brook & Dunn to name a few. Jackson later expanded his vocal interest by venturing on to gospel classics and hymns.
On February 28, 2006, Alan Jackson released his 13th studio album and the first gospel album, Precious Memories. Two of the songs included on the album are gospel classics that are popularly sung in places of worship. These are “Are You Washed in the Blood” and “I’ll Fly Away“.
“Are You Washed in the Blood”
Have you been to Jesus for the cleansing power?
Are you washed in the blood of the lamb?
you fully trusting in His grace this hour?
you washed in the blood of the lamb?
Written by Elisha Albright Hoffman in 1878, “Are You Washed in the Blood” are an all-time favorite and classic hymn popularly sung in churches and in any place of worship. This was included in Alan Jackson’s first gospel album called Precious Memories. It was the seventh track in the album and runs over a minute.
According to sources, this song is one of Hoffman’s most heart-piercing songs he has ever written. Truly enough, Jackson’s version is also one of his most emotional. He sings from the heart and touches every single one with pure talent and God-given voice. Watch the video of Jackson singing the song below.
“I’ll Fly Away”
Some bright morning when this life is over
I’ll fly away
To that home on God’s celestial shore
I’ll fly away
A hymn composed in 1929, “I’ll Fly Away” was originally penned by Albert E. Brumley, an American shape note music composer, and publisher. He published the song in 1932 under the Hartford Music Company in a collection titled Wonderful Message.
“I’ll Fly Away” has been considered the most recorded gospel song (Wikipedia).
In addition, it is frequently used in worship services for Baptists, Pentecostals, Nazarenes, the Churches of Christ and many Methodists. Often performed at funerals, the song is a standard song at bluegrass jam sessions.
“I’ll Fly Away” is one of the fifteen gospel hymns that Alan Jackson picked for his 2006 album Precious Memories. Reception of the fans was amazing. It sold over 1 million copies and placed no. 1 on Billboard’s charts for Top Country Albums and Top Christian Albums. Additionally, it reached no. 4 on the Billboard 200.
Watch Alan Jackson praise the Lord with “Are You Washed in the Blood” and “I’ll Fly Away” below:
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