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Justin Moore – Artist Management
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 two albums for Valory: Justin Moore in 2009 and Outlaws Like Me in 2011. A third album, Off the Beaten Path, will be released on September 17, 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 hit “Backwoods”.
Moore began performing during his junior year of high school.After graduating, he joined his uncle’s Southern rock band and moved to Nashville, Tennessee in 2002.
Through his music attorney Bernie Cahill, he met a young producer in Nashville, Jeremy Stover, who introduced him to Scott Borchetta, a industry executive who was planning to launch The Valory Music Co. Borchetta promised to give him a record deal if he would be patient.
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.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). 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.Justin Moore debuted at No. 3 on the Top Country Albums chart.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.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.
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.Later in the month, he entered the studio to begin recording his third studio album.The album’s first single, “Point at You,” was released to country radio on March 18, 2013. The album, Off the Beaten Path, will be released on September 17, 2013.