Jackson Nance’s Self-Penned Debut Single, “I Love You Mom”

Donna Block
4 min readJun 1, 2022


Jackson Nance a 22-year-old singer-songwriter-musician-producer hailing from Laurel, Mississippi, and currently based in Franklin, Tennessee, has been grooming his music style and perfecting his performance since a very young age. His tendency to be in the right spot at the right time has allowed him to join Toby Mac in the studio after a chance and a brief meeting at a local ice cream shop to have Randy Owen from Alabama invite him two years in a row to perform on Randy’s Fandemonium show. Nance has engaged in studio work with the late Reggie Young, one of the most recorded guitar players of all time, who gave Nance a custom leather jacket that was made for Marty Stewart.

Native of Laurel, Mississippi. Many fans are familiar with your hometown after seeing Erin and Ben Napier’s HGTV show. Where would you take visitors to see the history of the town?

The downtown area is definitely something to see! I have always been fascinated with the fact that the brick road thru the center is all original.

Pictured (Back Row, L-R): Travis Carter (Warner/Chappell), Ben Vaughn (Warner/Chappell), Scott Hendricks (Warner Bros. Records), Landon Dirickson (Attorney). Pictured (Front Row, L-R): Jackson Nance, Leslie Roberts (BMI)

Performing since you were very young. Signing a publishing deal (as the youngest male artist) with Warner Chappell Music at age 15. Commissioned by The Alabama Tourism Board to write and record an original song with The Swampers, session musicians from The Muscle Shoals Rhythm Section. Continuing to work on your songwriting skills with Devin Dawson, Jimmie Allen and more. Which songwriters would you like to collaborate with next?

Without a doubt I can say that Michael Hardy, Jeffrey Steele, Chris Dubois and Brian Kelley would be at the top of that list!

Right-handed but play the guitar left-handed. Also, can play a right-handed guitar upside-down left-handed for a different type of sound. What other instruments do you play or want to learn to play?

I play the piano, bass guitar and I would love to learn how to play the saxophone!

“I have always been a Mama’s boy and I feel like this song represents that. I was always a little hesitant to write something for my mom because of how honest and real it would have to be, but I’m very proud of how it turned out. I hope that all the moms out there know how special they are when they hear it,” Self-penned debut single, “I Love You Mom.” After your dad reminded you that you’d forgotten your mom’s birthday, you wrote the song as a make-up gift (one she later shared was her favorite gift). How have your parents inspired you on your musical journey?

Growing up I have seen my Dad display a very good work ethic, That has taught me a lot. My Dad also taught me that it doesn’t matter how many people fail in this industry, it only matters that at least one person has succeeded. If they can do it, so can I. My musical gifts come from my Mom. She instilled in me at a very young age the power of phrasing and harmonies and I guess the biggest inspiration she gave me was her love of the Eagles!

What do you like to do outside of music?

Golf would really be my only hobby. Since I didn’t choose this career path, it’s just who I am, I am never really outside of music. (Once I have more money than sense, I will be doing a lot of traveling. I am fascinated by all cultures.)