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Ruby Aleene Jackson began her career in the music industry in 1964 at Monument Records in Hendersonville, where she served a short stint as receptionist. She soon joined her dad, steel guitar player Shot Jackson (Johnny & Jack, Kitty Wells, Roy Acuff) as his secretary at Sho-Bud Guitar Company. In 1965, with the help of recording artist and friend, Don Pierce, Aleene landed a job at Starday Records, working with Tommy Hill in the A&R Department. During this time, she worked as assistant to Don on the first Country Music Pro Celebrity Golf Tournament at Bluegrass Country Club. In 1971, Jo Walker-Meador hired Aleene at CMA to work in membership with Maggie Cavender and Sheritha Scaife. In 1972, another steel guitar player and music industry legend, Big Joe Talbot, hired her to work in public relations at performing rights organization, SESAC. In 1975, Aleene moved to Conway Twitty’s Twitty Bird Music as office manager. She moved to famed Tree Publishing in 1979, working with Harianne Condra, Donna Hilley and Don Gant. In 1982 she bought Conway Twitty’s SESAC publishing company, Hello Darling Music, with the help of SESAC. She later sold it to Don Gant in order to attend college with her daughter, Kebra. A dean’s list student, she received her bachelor's degree in social work in 1993. Soon after graduating, she returned to the music industry, working at Co-Heart Music with Glen Martin and Hank Cochran. In 1993, she did administrative work for Bob Clement’s Cousin Bob Music at the infamous Cowboy Arms Hotel and Recording Spa, also helping owner and equally infamous Cowboy Jack Clement until his death in 2013. Also in 2013, Aleene received the Mac Wiseman Award from ROPE. Aleene enjoys volunteering at Alive Hospice.