Alan Jackson's gospel album, Precious Memories, has been certified gold for shipments of 500,000 copies. He recorded the album as a Christmas gift to his mother and mother-in-law. His record label released it nationally on Feb. 28. "I didn't know that he was going to do it," said his mother, Ruth Jackson. "He had promised me that he would make me one sometime, but I had no idea that he was making it until we were up here before Christmas and he told me that he had made it. And I was just thrilled to death. I cried. It just meant so much to me."