Alan Jackson Makes Fan Joshua “J-Dub” John Waldrop’s Dream a Reality

Alan Jackson Makes Fan Joshua “J-Dub” John Waldrop’s Dream a Reality

Originally published in the June 29, 2015 issue of Country Weekly magazine.

There was no press conference. This was no marketing tactic designed to elevate Alan Jackson’s career. He doesn’t need it. You won’t read an interview or quotes from Alan here. We were just silent observers to one of those life-changing magical moments. It was simply Alan’s response to a child with a dream.


Joshua John Waldrop wanted to meet his favorite country star, Alan Jackson. But Joshua, or J-Dub as his family calls him, wasn’t just any fan.

The 5-year-old cowboy from East Tennessee is being treated for two different types of stage four cancers. And his dream was about more than just meeting the legend. He wanted to sing his favorite Alan song, “I’ll Fly Away,” with him.

Turns out, J-Dub has fans of his own. With the help of friends on Facebook and Twitter, along with a few direct emails to Alan’s management, a trip was arranged for Joshua, his mom, dad and five siblings to visit Nashville’s Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, where Alan Jackson’s 25 Years of Keepin’ It Country exhibit is currently on display.

Alan led the tour and sat down to sing with Joshua, but as you can see from the pictures, it was much more than a normal concert.

photos by Carissa Riccardi

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