In 2000, meanwhile, Jackson duetted with Nashville legend George Strait on “Murder on Music Row,” a track calling into question the state of modern country music. And a year later, he achieved mainstream success with “Where You (When the World Stopped Turning).” The emotional tribute to the victims of the 9/11 terror attacks in New York picked up Best Country Song at the Grammy Awards a couple of years later.
Then in 2002 Jackson scored his first ever Billboard 200 chart-topper with Drive. He also began to experiment with different sound, venturing into gospel music and adult contemporary on Precious Memories and Like Red on a Rose, respectively. For an album described by the country music colossus as a “side project” inspired by his religious mother, the former achieved huge commercial success, selling almost two million copies.