Justin Moore

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Justin Moore
Justin Moore.jpg
Justin Moore at the 2010 Academy of Country Music Awards
Background information
Birth nameJustin Cole Moore
Born(1984-03-30) March 30, 1984 (age 29)[1]
OriginPoyen, Arkansas, USA
GenresCountry
OccupationsSinger-songwriter
InstrumentsVocals, electric guitar, acoustic guitar
Years active2007–present
LabelsValory Music Group[2]
Associated actsJeremy Stover
 
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Justin Moore
Justin Moore.jpg
Justin Moore at the 2010 Academy of Country Music Awards
Background information
Birth nameJustin Cole Moore
Born(1984-03-30) March 30, 1984 (age 29)[1]
OriginPoyen, Arkansas, USA
GenresCountry
OccupationsSinger-songwriter
InstrumentsVocals, electric guitar, acoustic guitar
Years active2007–present
LabelsValory Music Group[2]
Associated actsJeremy Stover

Justin Cole Moore (born March 30, 1984) is an American country music singer and songwriter signed to Big Machine Records imprint Valory Music Group. He has released three albums for Valory: Justin Moore in 2009, Outlaws Like Me in 2011, and Off the Beaten Path in 2013. He has charted eight times on the Hot Country Songs charts, including the number one hits "Small Town USA", "If Heaven Wasn't So Far Away", and "Til My Last Day", and the top 10 hits "Backwoods" and "Point at You".

Music career[edit]

Moore began performing during his junior year of high school.[3] After graduating, he joined his uncle's Southern rock band and moved to Nashville, Tennessee in 2002.[3] He met a young producer in Nashville, Jeremy Stover, who introduced him to Scott Borchetta, an industry executive who was planning to launch The Valory Music Co. Borchetta promised to give him a record deal if he would be patient.[3]

2008–2010[edit]

In mid-2008, Moore signed to the Valory Music Group, an imprint of the independent record label Big Machine Records. The label then released the digital single "I Could Kick Your Ass". His first radio single, "Back That Thing Up", was co-written by his producer Jeremy Stover and Universal South Records artist Randy Houser. It reached number 38 on the U.S. Billboard Hot Country Songs chart. He continued working on his debut album, which was part of a special promotion called "So You Want to Be a Record Label Executive". This promotion placed his music on social networking sites such as MySpace and iLike, where fans were allowed to create playlists comprising ten of his songs; the top ten songs picked were then included on the final album.[4] His next single, "Small Town USA", entered the charts in February 2009, Tucker expresses, "which extols the virtues of down-home living, rises to No. 18 on Billboard's Hot Country Songs chart" (p.6). [5] followed by a digital EP entitled The "You Asked for It" EP.

On August 11, the label released his self-titled debut album, on which he co-wrote nine of ten tracks.[6] Justin Moore debuted at No. 3 on the Top Country Albums chart.[7] He promoted the single and album on a "Small Town USA" tour which began in his hometown of Poyen and included several stops in small towns, as well as acoustic shows at Walmart stores.[6] On the Billboard charts dated for October 3, 2009, "Small Town USA" became his first Number One hit. "Backwoods" was released as the album's third single in October 2009; the song was his second Top 10 hit with a peak of No. 6 in April 2010. The album's fourth single, "How I Got to Be This Way", debuted at No. 54 on the U.S. Billboard Hot Country Songs chart for the week of June 12, 2010; it became his third Top 20 country hit.

2011–present[edit]

In February 2011, he released the song "If Heaven Wasn't So Far Away", which was originally recorded by Rhett Akins on his 2007 album People Like Me but did not chart. Justin Moore's rendition debuted at 46 on the Hot Country songs chart. In June 2011, the song became his third top ten hit on that chart, and a three weeks later, reached Number One. "If Heaven Wasn't So Far Away" serves as the lead-off single to his 2011 album Outlaws Like Me, released June 21, 2011. Follow-up singles "Bait a Hook" and "Til My Last Day" both made top 20; "Til My Last Day" reached Number One on the Country Airplay chart.

In December 2012, Moore announced plans to embark on a headlining tour in 2013, at the time tentatively planned to begin in March.[8] Later in the month, he entered the studio to begin recording his third studio album.[9] The album's first single, "Point at You," was released to country radio on March 18, 2013.[10] It peaked at number two on the Country Airplay chart in October 2013. The album, Off the Beaten Path, was released on September 17, 2013.[11] The album's second single, "Lettin' the Night Roll", was released to country radio on October 21, 2013. Justin said in an interview that the song "This Kind Of Town" from Off the Beaten Path, is a response to his song "Small Town USA". These songs are about small towns and the people in them and really shows where Justin came from and can relate to everyone else who lives in small towns.

Moore was announced as a nominee for the 2014 ACM New Artist of the Year award despite the fact that he was disqualified for entry in that category for that year. The ACMs eligibility requirements state that, "Any solo artist that has sold 500,000 copies of a previously released album (with general exclusions of specialty albums, such as seasonal or live recordings) according to Nielsen SoundScan, are not eligible for this category." [12] Moore's first two albums, released in 2009 and 2011, have both surpassed sales of 500,000 copies. His nomination sparked controversy but no action was taken to remove his nomination.

Musical styles[edit]

Steve Leggett of Allmusic describes him as having "a ready-made image. He was that good kid from a small town with a rowdy heart of gold who just happened to be able to sing about it."[5] He has said that he learned to write songs because, when he had first moved to Nashville, no songwriters wanted to offer him material.[6] His first album received mixed reviews from music critics: Stephen Thomas Erlewine of Allmusic referred to it as "anonymous country rock,"[5] and Jeffrey B. Remz of Country Standard Time referred to Moore as a "poseur" for name-dropping.[13] The 9513's Karlie Justus said that his influences were comparatively more authentic than most other acts on country radio,[14] and Matt Bjorke of Roughstock said that his music has "a heavy dose of southern, country charm and twang."[15]

Personal life[edit]

Justin Moore married his wife, Kate, of Houma, Louisiana, in 2007. They have two daughters, Ella Kole, born February 11, 2010, and Kennedy Faye, born November 21, 2011. He is an avid supporter of the Arkansas Razorbacks.

Discography[edit]

Studio albums[edit]

TitleDetailsPeak chart positionsCertifications
Sales
US Country
[16]
US
[17]
CAN
[18]
Justin Moore310
Outlaws Like Me
  • Release date: June 21, 2011
  • Label: Valory Music Group
  • Formats: CD, music download
15
Off the Beaten Path
  • Release date: September 17, 2013
  • Label: Valory Music Group
  • Formats: CD, music download
125
"—" denotes releases that did not chart

Extended plays[edit]

TitleDetailsPeak chart positions
US Country
[16]
US
[17]
US
Heat

[23]
The "You Asked for It" EP
  • Release date: June 9, 2009
  • Label: Valory Music Group
  • Formats: CD, music download
5449
Point at You and
Four Moore Hits EP
  • Release date: April 2, 2013
  • Label: Valory Music Group
  • Formats: CD, music download
28172
"—" denotes releases that did not chart

Singles[edit]

YearSinglePeak chart positionsCertifications
(sales threshold)
Album
US Country
[24]
US Country Airplay
[25]
US
[26]
CAN Country
[27]
CAN
[28]
2008"Back That Thing Up"38Justin Moore
2009"Small Town USA"144
"Backwoods"669
2010"How I Got to Be This Way"[A]17101
2011"If Heaven Wasn't So Far Away"14976Outlaws Like Me
"Bait a Hook"1763
2012"Til My Last Day"7151876
2013"Point at You"10253671Off the Beaten Path
"Lettin' the Night Roll"[B]252110144
"—" denotes releases that did not chart

Other charted songs[edit]

YearSinglePeak positionsAlbum
US Country
[24]
2012"Run Rudolph Run"58The Country Christmas Collection
2013"Off the Beaten Path"44Off the Beaten Path
Notes

Music videos[edit]

YearVideoDirector
2008"Back That Thing Up"Wes Edwards
2009"Small Town USA"Chris Hicky
"Backwoods"Kristin Barlowe
2010"How I Got to Be This Way"Chris Hicky
2011"If Heaven Wasn't So Far Away"Peter Zavadil
"This Is NRA Country"[35]Adam Taylor
"Bait a Hook"Shane Drake
2012"'Til My Last Day" (live)[36]Justin Nolan Key
"'Til My Last Day"[37]Peter Zavadil
2013"Point at You"[38]
"Lettin' the Night Roll"[39]

Awards and nominations[edit]

YearAssociationCategoryResult
2011Inspirational Country Music AwardsMainstream Inspirational Country Song - "If Heaven Wasn't So Far Away"[40]Won
Inspirational Video - "If Heaven Wasn't So Far Away"[40]Won
2012American Country AwardsArtist of the Year: Breakthrough ArtistNominated

References[edit]

  1. ^ Kiley, Kayla (18 March 2010). "Inside country star Justin Moore". Cadillac News. Retrieved 13 July 2010. 
  2. ^ "Big Machine starts new label, signs Jewel, Jimmy Wayne, Justin Moore". Country Standard Time. 2007-11-02. Retrieved 2008-08-08. 
  3. ^ a b c Emerson, LaTina. (2010, August 18). Road leads to Augusta for Moore. The Augusta Chronicle. Retrieved 2010-08-19.
  4. ^ Petruziello, Francis (2008-10-14). "Justin Moore wants you to produce his album". The Cleveland Leader. Retrieved 2008-11-13. 
  5. ^ a b c Erlewine, Stephen Thomas. "Justin Moore review". Allmusic. Retrieved 2009-09-21. 
  6. ^ a b c Darden, Beville (2009-08-12). "Justin Moore Does Big Things With 'Small Town'". The Boot. Retrieved 2009-09-21. 
  7. ^ "Strait leads all music in sales". Country Standard Time. 2009-08-20. Retrieved 2009-09-21. 
  8. ^ "More of Moore?". Country Weekly. December 3, 2012. Archived from the original on December 5, 2012. Retrieved December 6, 2012. 
  9. ^ "Justin Moore Begins Recording New Album". Taste of Country. December 19, 2012. Retrieved December 20, 2012. 
  10. ^ "Justin Moore New Album Shares New 'Point' of View". The Boot. February 25, 2013. Retrieved March 5, 2013. 
  11. ^ Paxman, Bob (June 6, 2013). "Justin Moore Previews New Album, “Off the Beaten Path”". Country Weekly. Retrieved June 8, 2013. 
  12. ^ http://www.savingcountrymusic.com/justin-moore-should-be-disqualified-from-acms-new-artist
  13. ^ Remz, Jeffrey B. "Justin Moore review". Country Standard Time. Retrieved 21 August 2009. 
  14. ^ Justus, Karlie (13 August 2009). "Justin Moore review". The 9513. Retrieved 21 August 2009. 
  15. ^ Bjorke, Matt (11 August 2009). "Justin Moore review". Roughstock. Retrieved 21 August 2009. 
  16. ^ a b "Justin Moore Album & Song Chart History - Country Albums". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved January 31, 2011. 
  17. ^ a b "Justin Moore Album & Song Chart History - Billboard 200". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved January 31, 2011. 
  18. ^ "Justin Moore Album & Song Chart History - Canadian Albums". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved September 26, 2013. 
  19. ^ "American album certifications – Justin Moore – Justin Moore". Recording Industry Association of America.  If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Album, then click SEARCH
  20. ^ a b Keith Caulfield (September 18, 2013). "Jack Johnson and Justin Moore Vying for No. 1 on the Billboard 200". Billboard. Retrieved December 19, 2013. 
  21. ^ "American album certifications – Justin Moore – Outlaws Like Me". Recording Industry Association of America.  If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Album, then click SEARCH
  22. ^ Bjorke, Matt (January 2, 2014). "Country Album Chart News: The Week of January 2, 2013: Garth Brooks, Duck Dynasty, Cassadee Pope, Danielle Bradbery & Scotty McCreery". Roughstock. Retrieved January 2, 2014. 
  23. ^ "Justin Moore Album & Song Chart History - Heatseekers Albums". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved January 31, 2011. 
  24. ^ a b "Justin Moore Album & Song Chart History - Country Songs". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved January 31, 2011. 
  25. ^ "Justin Moore Album & Song Chart History - Country Airplay". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved November 8, 2012. 
  26. ^ "Justin Moore Album & Song Chart History - Hot 100". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved January 31, 2011. 
  27. ^ "Justin Moore Album & Song Chart History - Canada Country". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved November 20, 2013. 
  28. ^ "Canadian Hot 100 - Greatest Gainer". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved June 16, 2011. 
  29. ^ "American single certifications – Justin Moore – Small Town USA". Recording Industry Association of America.  If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Single, then click SEARCH
  30. ^ "American single certifications – Justin Moore – If Heaven Wasn%27t So Far Away". Recording Industry Association of America.  If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Single, then click SEARCH
  31. ^ "American single certifications – Justin Moore – Bait a Hook". Recording Industry Association of America.  If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Single, then click SEARCH
  32. ^ "American single certifications – Justin Moore – Til My Last Day". Recording Industry Association of America.  If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Single, then click SEARCH
  33. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2011). Top Pop Singles 1955–2010. Record Research, Inc. p. 622. ISBN 0-89820-188-8. 
  34. ^ "R&R :: Going For Adds :: Country". Radio & Records. Retrieved October 8, 2013. 
  35. ^ "CMT : Videos : Justin Moore : This Is NRA Country". Country Music Television. Retrieved April 27, 2012. 
  36. ^ "CMT : Videos : Justin Moore : Til My Last Day (Live)". Country Music Television. Retrieved September 1, 2012. 
  37. ^ "CMT : Videos : Justin Moore : Til My Last Day". Country Music Television. Retrieved September 1, 2012. 
  38. ^ "CMT : Videos : Justin Moore : Point At You". Country Music Television. Retrieved May 8, 2013. 
  39. ^ "CMT : Videos : Justin Moore : Lettin' the Night Roll". Country Music Television. Retrieved December 4, 2013. 
  40. ^ a b "Carrie Underwood, Justin Moore + More Nominated for 2011 Inspirational Country Awards". Taste of Country. Retrieved September 3, 2011. 

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