Jackson told him, "Sure," then considered and asked him, "Do you know anybody in Reba's camp?"
He didn't, but he knew the name of McEntire's manager, Narvel Blackstock, also the singer's husband, and he found the address to their record label.
Jackson went along with it, but expected nothing.
A few weeks later, the record label called her.
"It turns out Narvel Blackstock opens his mail -- or at least, he did back in those days."
McEntire was looking for a sassy, up-tempo song; something she could release on the follow-up to her album "For My Broken Heart," the record she did following the death of her road band, killed in a plane crash in 1990.
McEntire's camp liked "Take It Back," but Jackson was uncertain about the song's future.
She said, "A lot of the time, musicians go into the studio and cut 20 songs and then they pare those down depending on focus groups and whatever nonsense."
Jackson said she didn't know for sure the song had made the album until a neighbor heard it on the radio. It was the first single on a then-upcoming album, and it was a hit.
"It was crazy," she said.
Jackson said she's had smaller successes since then. Several independent labels recorded her songs. Country artist Georgia Middleman recorded "Kick Down the Door," but the label, Giant Records, was struggling to survive.
"Right after it charted," she said, "Giant Records closed its doors."
Without label support, the single stalled.
She also recorded the post-9/11 song "Little Did She Know (She Kissed a Hero)."
These days, Jackson still writes and records, but doesn't perform a lot.
"I could gig more if I wanted to," she said.
She doesn't and doesn't have to. Lately, Jackson has been spending a lot of time mentoring, coaching and collaborating with several singer/songwriters living around Greensboro.
"It's kind of nice," she said. "I don't travel as much."
Just the same, Jackson said she was looking forward to driving up to Charleston.
"It's only five hours from Greensboro," she added.
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