Justin Moore At Grand Ole Opry
Justin Moore is a country music singer/songwriter who began performing at age three with a toy guitar on his parent's 20-acre farm in Poyen, Arkansas. Blessed with a beautiful singing voice, he managed to land the lead in all the church plays. Moore noted that “it wasn't very hard to be the only person who could sing on-key in a small town with 300 people.” In 2002, he graduated from high school and turned down several baseball scholarships to pursue his dream in Nashville, Tenessee. He joined his uncle's southern rock band and began to scour the town for record companies. While in Nashville, he met an industry executive who promised to sign Moore to his new label if he was patient. Moore did as he was told and signed with the Valory Music Group in 2008.
March 13, 2009, he debuted on the Grand Ole Opry stage. Later that year, he released his first album, Justin Moore, which debuted at No. 3 on the Top Country Albums Chart. The album's single, “Small Town USA” became his first No. 1 hit two months later. He had already released several of his songs digitally through a promotion with his label called “So You Want to Be a Record Label Executive.” The promotion placed his singles on social networking sites and fans were allowed to create playlists with his songs. This promotion gave him the publicity he needed when he released his first album.
In 2011, he released his second album, Outlaws Like Me, which topped the U.S. Country Music charts at No. 1. The album featured “If Heaven Wasn't So Far Away,” which was originally recorded by Rhett Akins. Moore's rendition of the song reached No. 1 on the Hot Country songs chart. His follow-up singles, “Bait a Hook” and “Til My Last Day” both made the top 20.