Alan Jackson’s Tribute to His Late Mother: “Where Her Heart Has Always Been”

A song can be a powerful way to express love and respect for someone who has passed away. For country superstar Alan Jackson, the beautiful song “Where Her Heart Has Always Been” is not only a tribute to his late mother, but it also features her own voice reciting from the Bible in an old recording. I lost my own mother in 2022 and this song really hit a personal note with me. Let’s take a look at how this touching song pays homage to a beloved family member.

The Song’s Origin Story

Alan Jackson's Tribute to His Late Mother: "Where Her Heart Has Always Been"

Alan Jackson’s mother, Mrs. Ruth Musick “Mama Ruth” Jackson, passed away in 2017 at the age of 86. In honor of her memory, Alan wrote “Where Her Heart Has Always Been” and released it on his 2021 album, “Where Have You Gone”. The hauntingly beautiful lyrics are about remembering loved ones who have gone on before us. It provides us with solace in knowing that they are safe in the arms of the Lord. But that’s not all – the recording even features Mrs. Musick reading from the Bible. The audio clip was taken from an old audio cassette tape found by one of Alan’s sisters!

Watch Alan Jackson Perform ‘Where Her Heart Has Always Been,’ a Tribute to His Later Mom…


What Makes ‘Where Her Heart Has Always Been’ So Special?

It’s no wonder why this song has become so popular; many people can relate to its heartfelt message and its sweet tribute to Alan Jackson’s late mother. With every listen you can hear the love and admiration that Alan felt for his mother as he sings about her strong faith, her unshakeable spirit, and how she would always “put God first” and spend time each day with Him reading from His Word. It is such a special moment when we get to hear her own words as she reads from scripture. It truly brings this song full circle and helps make it something more than just another country music ballad. It’s a work of art created out of love for a woman who had such an impact on her son’s life and career.

Our Loved Ones Are Safe With God

Alan Jackson’s ‘Where Her Heart Has Always Been (Written for Mama’s Funeral)’ is more than just another country music ballad. The song is a heartfelt tribute to his late mother whose spirit will live on through her son’s music forevermore. The inclusion of Mrs. Jackson’s own voice reciting Scripture adds another layer of emotion to this powerful song. It resonates with anyone who has ever lost someone close to them but finds comfort in knowing their loved one is safe in Heaven with God watching over them until they get there too someday soon. If you haven’t heard this song yet, be sure to check it out! You won’t be disappointed!

Where Have You Gone
  • Audio CD – Audiobook
  • 05/14/2021 (Publication Date) – EMI Nashville (Publisher)

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