LISTEN: Alan Jackson Releases Emotion-Filled Song “Racing The Dark” Co-Penned By Daughter Mattie

Alan Jackson released an emotion-filled tune that he co-penned with his 31-year-old daughter, Mattie Jackson Selecman.

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The country icon and Country Music Hall of Famer released a new song called “Racing The Dark,” which was co-written alongside his daughter, Mattie, on Tuesday (Nov. 16) in conjunction with the release of Mattie’s first book, Lemons On Friday (via Thomas Nelson/W Publishing Group).

“I’m really surprised how well she was able to handle all that. I know I couldn’t have done what she’s done,” Jackson said in a press release. “One day she came to me with this piece of paper and said, ‘I wrote this song…the lyrics,’ and asked me to put it to music. So, I wrote the melody for it, and it turned out to be a very sweet song.”

Earlier this morning, during an interview with TODAY’s Hoda & Jenna, Mattie opened up about how the song came about.

“That was such an accident on my part, I’m certainly not a musician, but the lyrics just came to me one day coming up on the two-year anniversary of Ben’s death and Dad, obviously with the talent he has. I said ‘you know, could you put a melody with this?’” Mattie told the TODAY show hosts. “Thinking all the while if this is awful, is he going to tell me? But he did, and he invited me into the whole production process, and it was just such a beautiful surprise. It’s such a gift for me.”

The singer’s daughter continued to share that recording the song felt like a healing gift for their “family as a whole.”

Watch Mattie’s full interview with Hoda & Jenna below.

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