Check out these photos taken at Justin's "If Heaven Weren't So Far Away" music video shoot. Look for the video in the next few weeks!
“If Heaven Wasn’t So Far Away,” the lead single from Country star Justin Moore’s sophomore album, soared into the Top 40 on both the Billboard Hot Country Songs Chart and the USA Today/ Country Aircheck chart, powered by Mediabase this week, debuting at #37and #40 respectively.
Yesterday’s debut exemplifies how significantly Moore’s star status has grown since he was named Billboard’s “Top New Country Artist of 2009.” Moore’s new single was the second most-added song at Country radio this week, second only to superstar Kenny Chesney. Moore has graduated from main stage opening act on Brad Paisley’s “American Saturday Night” and “H20” tours to main stage supporting act on Miranda Lambert’s current “The Revolution Continues” tour. The southern country stylist has sold over 1.2 million digital downloads and scored three consecutive smash hits from his debut album (the #1 “Small Town USA”; Top 5 “Backwoods”; and Top 20 “How I Got To Be This Way”).
“If Heaven Wasn’t So Far Away,” shows a softer side of one of Country music’s hottest rebel rockers. Upon first listen, the single struck an emotional chord with Moore, who recently found his own life reflecting the song’s storyline.
"If Heaven Wasn't So Far Away" is one of those songs you hear one time, and know immediately that it’s special,” says Moore. “Everybody, unfortunately, can relate to the lyrics in this song. It's a part of life. You have to go through losing loved ones. Personally, I went through it a year ago losing my grandpa and aunt in the same week,”
Continues Moore, “The great thing about this song is that it will make you laugh and cry, and evoke every other emotion you can think of. To me,that's what Country music is all about. That's why I make it, love it, and live it. I'm thrilled that everyone is just as excited about it as I am. I want to say a HUGE thank you to Country radio for playing it early for us. I can't wait to play this song all across the country this year.”
A special behind-the-scenes video of Moore recording, "If Heaven Wasn't So Far Away," in the studio can currently be seen at CMT.com.
Moore will join Miranda Lambert on the road beginning this Thursday, Feb. 24th for her “The Revolution Continues” tour at St. Louis’ Chaifetz Arena. A list of tour dates follows:
February 24 - St. Louis, MO - Chaifetz Arena
February 25 - Evansville, IN - Roberts Stadium
February 26 - Cedar Falls, IA - McLeod Center
March 24 - Ft. Wayne, IN - Allen County War Memorial
March 25 - Pikeville, KY - Eastern Kentucky Expo Center
March 26 - Knoxville, TN - Knoxville Civic Coliseum
March 27 - Morgantown, WV - West Virginia University Coliseum
April 7 - Norman, OK - Lloyd Noble Center
April 8 - Dodge City, KS - Ford County Events Center
April 9 - Lincoln, NE - Pershing Auditorium
April 14 - Estero, FL - Germain Arena
April 15 - St. Augustine, FL - St. Augustine Amphitheater
April 16 - Melbourne, FL - Wickham Park Pavilion
For more information on Justin Moore’s new music, tour dates and more, visit: http://moorejustinmusic.com.
Lighting has officially struck twice for chart topper Justin Moore in Detroit. The last time the Country star headlined a show at the Royal Oaks Theatre (March 2010), his prized Gibson J-45 guitar was stolen by an enthusiastic fan. Yesterday, as Moore traveled to Royal Oaks, MI, his tour bus caught fire.
Around 4 a.m. yesterday the engine became engulfed in flames while Moore, his band and crew, as well as Valory’s VP of Field Promotion George Briner slept. Moore and his team were en route to perform at WYCD’s Ten Man Jam last night –at the Royal Oaks Theatre.
The fire started from one of the batteries connecting to the bus’ generator. The smoke alarm sounded as the bus started to fill with smoke. Everyone evacuated the bus while Moore’s bus driver extinguished the fire and assessed the situation. In all, the fire lasted approximately 10 minutes.
“Well...we really love coming to the Detroit area. I just hope in the future it gets a little more simple, as far as our trips go!” laughs Moore. “In all seriousness, we're thankful that we're all safe, and feel blessed. It could've been a lot worse than it was.”
After a half hour of standing outside in the freezing cold everyone was allowed to re-enter the bus. Fortunately, there was no damage to the engine and they were able to continue driving the bus to their hotel. No one was harmed and the bus only sustained minor smoke damage.
A replacement tour bus was sent to the Detroit area so that Justin can continue on his club tour this week:
Thursday, Feb. 17th -- The Machine Shop -- Flint, MI
Friday, Feb. 18th -- Screamin’ Willies -- Columbus, OH
Saturday, Feb. 19th -- Madison Theater – Covington, KY
Speaking of scorching hot, Moore’s new single, “If Heaven Wasn’t So Far Away,” is already a Top 40 hit on the Billboard Hot Country Songs Chart – six days before it officially goes for adds. The single, which showcases a softer side of the Country rebel, is also receiving early national critical attention, including being highlighted in today’s The Miami Herald.
A special behind-the-scenes video of Moore recording, “If Heaven Wasn’t So Far Away,” in the studio can currently be seen at CMT.com.
“If Heaven Wasn’t So Far Away” is the lead single from Moore’s sophomore album which will be released on The Valory Music Co. later this year.
Justin Moore made shared his Super Bowl pick with Taste of Country this week. Check it out here and see if his pick matches yours!