Born the daughter of the iconic country singer Alan Jackson, Mattie Jackson Selecman describes her life growing up as richly blessed. In her 20s, she met her soon-to-be husband, Ben Selecman. The couple got married and were preparing for a life together. That’s when tragedy shattered everything about the world Mattie had envisioned.
Here on Trevor Talks, we have the honor of hearing from Mattie about the pain, grief, and ultimate hope that she has found while walking through the loss of her husband after just 11 months of marriage. You’ll quickly get to know her as a passionate person relentlessly dedicated to finding the purpose in pain. She’s done that through her clothing brand initiative, NaSHEville, which supports the restoration of survivors of human trafficking. Most recently, she’s done that through her new book Lemons on Friday and the accompanying song “Racing the Dark'' (written with her father, Alan Jackson).
Mattie’s story has been featured by outlets like People, Taste of Country, and American Songwriter. Listen to this episode to find out why the story she freely and vulnerably offers resonates with so many people in their own deepest place of pain.
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Mattie Jackson Selecman is a certified sommelier and previously owned a wine bar in Nashville. She also has a degree in creative writing from the University of Tennessee. Tragically, she lost her husband of less than a year, Ben Selecman, in September 2018 after he suffered a traumatic brain injury while on vacation in Florida. Despite her grief, Mattie is pushing forward and has dedicated herself to helping others. Mattie and her business partner, Brooke Tometich, started a philanthropic merchandise brand dubbed "NaSHEville" in order to help women and children in need-specifically orphans, widows, and trafficked women.