Country superstar Alan Jackson’s mother was one of his greatest supporters. Sadly, Mrs. Ruth Jackson passed away on January 7 at age 86. Before leaving this world, however, she was able to witness a lot of great things happen for her son, and was the inspiration for many of his hit songs throughout the years.
In fact, Mrs. Jackson inspired Alan’s “Precious Memories” album, which was a collection of gospel hymns originally intended as a gift for his mom and not meant for release. It included 15 traditional Baptist hymns such as “The Old Rugged Cross,” “What a Friend We Have in Jesus,” and “Are You Washed in the Blood.” After its initial release and commercial success, Alan went on stage at the Ryman Auditorium (the original Grand Ole Opry) to record a special live concert for DVD release. “I Want to Stroll Over Heaven With You” held particular meaning for Mrs. Jackson, and moved her to tears in this live version.