Alan Jackson’s “Where Were You” Still Speaks To Many Americans
It's difficult to believe it's been 18 years since September 11th, 2001. Anyone who is old enough to remember that day knows exactly where they were and what they were doing.
It wasn't released until November of 2001 but "Where Were You (When the World Stopped Turning)" by Alan Jackson touched so many people, because it explained so many feelings we felt that day and the time after.
Alan debuted the song on the CMA Awards that fall and it immediately took off at country radio. Jackson's label, Arista Nashville, had just released another song called, "It's Alright to Be a Redneck" three weeks prior, but the song was pulled after the huge response for "Where Were You."
Alan wrote the song less than two weeks before he debuted it on the CMA Awards.
The song spent five weeks at number one from December of that year, through January of 2002. "Where You You" won both the ACM and CMA award for "Song of the Year." It also won a Grammy for "Country Song of the Year."
I remember the day well. I was still in middle school and everyone, teachers and students were in shock. Alan Jackson's song was a song we all needed at that point in time.