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Justin Moore’s biography, net worth, fact, career, awards and life story

Intro American musician
A.K.A. Justin Cole Moore
Is Musician 
Composer 
Singer 
Songwriter 
From United States of America 
Type Music 
Gender male
Birth 30 March 1984, Poyen
Age: 36 years
Star sign Aries

Justin Cole Moore (born March 30, 1984) is an American country music singer and songwriter, signed to Big Machine Records imprint Valory Music Group. For that label, he has released four studio albums—his self titled debut in 2009, Outlaws Like Me in 2011, Off the Beaten Path in 2013. and Kinda Don’t Care in 2016. He has also charted eleven times on the Hot Country Songs, including the number one singles “Small Town USA”, “If Heaven Wasn’t So Far Away”, “Til My Last Day”, “Lettin’ the Night Roll”, and “You Look Like I Need a Drink”; and the top 10 hits “Backwoods” and “Point at You”.

Music career

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. 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.

2008–2010

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 Randy Houser and Moore’s producer, Jeremy Stover. It reached number 38 on the US 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 10 songs picked were then included on the final album. His next single, “Small Town USA”, entered the charts in February 2009, 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 the ten tracks. This album 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, Arkansas and included several stops in small towns, as well as acoustic shows at Walmart stores. On the Hot Country Songs charts dated October 3, 2009, “Small Town USA” became his first No. 1 single. “Backwoods” was released as the album’s third single in October 2009. It became 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”, reached Top 20.

2011–present

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 10 hit on that chart and three weeks later, it became his second Number One. The song serves as the lead-off single to his 2011 album Outlaws Like Me, which was released on June 21, 2011. Follow-up singles “Bait a Hook” and “Til My Last Day” both broke the Top 20; the latter reached Number One on the Country Airplay chart.

According to Taste of Country, a fatal accident involving Joseph Taylor and Justin Moore’s tour bus occurred on May 12, 2012. 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 on March 18, 2013. It peaked at No. 2 on the Country Airplay chart in October 2013. The album, entitled Off the Beaten Path, was released on September 17, 2013. The album’s second single, “Lettin’ the Night Roll”, was released on October 21, 2013, and became his fourth number one single on the Country Airplay chart in July 2014.

After that single’s release, Moore sang guest vocals along with Thomas Rhett on Brantley Gilbert’s 2014 single “Small Town Throwdown”. Just like Moore himself, Rhett and Gilbert are also signed to Valory. Later, he recorded a cover of Mötley Crüe’s “Home Sweet Home” as a duet with the band’s lead singer Vince Neil. This song is featured on the multi-artist tribute album Nashville Outlaws: A Tribute to Mötley Crüe, which was released by Big Machine on August 19, 2014. A third single from Off the Beaten Path, “This Kind of Town”, was released on October 20, 2014.

Moore’s fourth album, Kinda Don’t Care, was released in August 2016. Its lead single is “You Look Like I Need a Drink”, which became another No. 1 single on the Country Airplay charts in late 2016.

Awards

Moore won the award for New Artist of the Year 2014 at the Academy of Country Music Awards.

Musical styles

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.” He has said that he learned to write songs because, when he had first moved to Nashville, no songwriters wanted to offer him material. His first album received mixed reviews from music critics: Stephen Thomas Erlewine of Allmusic referred to it as “anonymous country rock”, and Jeffrey B. Remz of Country Standard Time referred to Moore as a “poseur” for name-dropping. Engine 145’s Karlie Justus said that his influences were comparatively more authentic than most other acts on country radio, and Matt Bjorke of Roughstock said that his music has “a heavy dose of southern, country charm and twang.”

Personal life

Justin Moore married his wife, Kate of Houma, Louisiana, in 2007. They have three daughters, Ella Kole, born February 11, 2010, Kennedy Faye, born November 21, 2011 and Rebecca Klein born July 14, 2014. He is an avid supporter of the Arkansas Razorbacks.

He is from Poyen, Arkansas.

Discography

Studio albums

Title Details Peak chart positions Certifications Sales
US Country US AUS CAN
Justin Moore
  • Release date: August 11, 2009
  • Label: Valory Music Group
  • Formats: CD, music download
3 10
  • US: Gold
  • US: 550,000
Outlaws Like Me
  • Release date: June 21, 2011
  • Label: Valory Music Group
  • Formats: CD, music download
1 5
  • US: Gold
  • US: 577,000
Off the Beaten Path
  • Release date: September 17, 2013
  • Label: Valory Music Group
  • Formats: CD, music download
1 2 5
  • US: 364,000
Kinda Don’t Care
  • Release date: August 12, 2016
  • Label: Valory Music Group
  • Formats: CD, music download
1 4 61 15
  • US: 88,000
“—” denotes releases that did not chart

Extended plays

Title Details Peak chart positions
US Country US US
Heat
The “You Asked for It” EP
  • Release date: June 9, 2009
  • Label: Valory Music Group
  • Formats: CD, music download
54 49
Point at You and
Four Moore Hits EP
  • Release date: April 2, 2013
  • Label: Valory Music Group
  • Formats: CD, music download
28 172
“—” denotes releases that did not chart

Singles

Year Single Peak chart positions Certifications
(sales threshold)
Album
US Hot Country US Country Airplay US CAN Country CAN
2008 “Back That Thing Up” 38 Justin Moore
2009 “Small Town USA” 1 44
  • US: Gold
“Backwoods” 6 69
  • US: Gold
2010 “How I Got to Be This Way” 17 [A]
2011 “If Heaven Wasn’t So Far Away” 1 49 76
  • US: Platinum
Outlaws Like Me
“Bait a Hook” 17 63
  • US: Gold
2012 “Til My Last Day” 7 1 51 8 76
  • US: Gold
2013 “Point at You” 10 2 53 6 71
  • US: Gold
Off the Beaten Path
“Lettin’ the Night Roll” 7 1 49 4 67
  • US: Gold
2014 “Home Sweet Home” (with Vince Neil) 28 30 Nashville Outlaws: A Tribute to Mötley Crüe
“This Kind of Town” 50 44 Off the Beaten Path
2015 “You Look Like I Need a Drink” 12 1 79 1 Kinda Don’t Care
2016 “Somebody Else Will”[B] 47 35
“—” denotes releases that did not chart
Notes
  • A^ “How I Got to Be This Way” did not enter the Billboard Hot 100 but peaked at number 1 on the Bubbling Under Hot 100 Singles chart.
  • B^ Current single.

Other charted songs

Year Single Peak positions Album
US Country
2012 “Run Rudolph Run” 58 The Country Christmas Collection
2013 “Off the Beaten Path” 44 Off the Beaten Path

Guest singles

Year Single Artist Peak chart positions Certifications
(sales threshold)
Album
US Country US Country Airplay US CAN Country CAN
2014 “Small Town Throwdown” Brantley Gilbert (with Thomas Rhett) 13 8 67 24 97
  • US: Gold
Just as I Am

Music videos

Year Video Director
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” Adam Taylor
“Bait a Hook” Shane Drake
2012 “‘Til My Last Day” (live) Justin Nolan Key
“‘Til My Last Day” Peter Zavadil
2013 “Point at You”
“Lettin’ the Night Roll”
2014 “Home Sweet Home” (with Vince Neil) Shane Drake
“Small Town Throwdown”
(with Brantley Gilbert and Thomas Rhett)
2016 “You Look Like I Need a Drink”

Awards and nominations

Year Association Category Result
2011 Inspirational Country Music Awards Mainstream Inspirational Country Song – “If Heaven Wasn’t So Far Away” Won
Inspirational Video – “If Heaven Wasn’t So Far Away” Won
2012 American Country Awards Artist of the Year: Breakthrough Artist Nominated
2014 Academy of Country Music Awards New Artist of the Year Won