“That’s why the “Men of Soul” tour has been so well received,” Jackson said, explaining that the songs that the trio performs on tour were built to last. “Said Jackson: “Much of the music today is fly-by-night music that’s been watered down.”
Among his string of signature wedding and baby-making hits are “You are My Lady,” “Have You Ever Loved Somebody (his personal favorite),” and “Rock with Me Tonight. ”
Jackson said he invested a lot of emotions into “Have You Ever Loved Somebody,” which was a testimony that resulted from emotions he dealt with as a victim of unrequited love.
“You can be deeply in love with somebody, but that doesn’t mean they love you the same,” Jackson said.
Meanwhile, he expresses gratitude for the slate of gifted writers who have produced the songs that have kept him working.
“I meet people all the time who tell me their parents said they were created listening to my songs,” Jackson said. “I’ve sung “You Are My Lady” at many, many weddings and have made big bucks off of it too. It’s an incredible song.”
Although Jackson has been away from the U. S. touring circuit for while, he was quick to point out that he’s never stopped touring.
“I’ve been steadily working overseas,” he said. “I love working in Europe where the fans love you for your first record, not just for what you are doing now.”
Jackson lists among his favorite singers the likes of Anita Baker, Natalie Cole, Aretha Franklin, Neyo and the Isley Brothers, whose sultry “Living for the Love of You,” is among his all-time favorites. “Right now, I’m really loving Kelly Price’s new album, “Kelly,” he said. “She's singing her brains out on this album.”
Jackson himself, has a new album that’s been out for a while. But he said the sales are not moving as fast as he’d like. He believes that’s due to lack of marketing and advertising.
He admitted tearing up recently while visiting a small record store in New York.
“They had my posters displayed and it was beautiful,” Jackson said. “People want to see the posters and other merchandising, and I definitely believe that helps sales.”
Jackson, who recently lost his mother, said her death has been the hardest thing he's ever had to face. He said now that she’s gone, he’s been forced to find the strength to move on.
He also said he continues to live by his mother words, that we only live once and that tomorrow is not promised.
“So I make sure that I make the most of each and every day,” Jackson said.