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Justin Moore Almost Didn’t Record Latest No. 1

Justin Moore photo by Kristin Barlowe, courtesy of The Valory Music Co.

Justin Moore spent the week celebrating his second No. 1 single, “If Heaven Wasn’t So Far Away.” While the song ended up being a hit for Justin, he almost didn’t get the chance to record it. He had already finished his new album, Outlaws Like Me, by the time he heard the song.

“We were through with what we thought was the entire album,” Justin said. “It was ten songs and we were looking through that to find the first single. My producer sent me a YouTube clip of Rhett (Akins, one of the song’s writers) doing this song and he was like ‘Man, I wish we would have cut this.’ And I go, ‘Crap! Wow! We’ve gotta go cut this song.’ I mean it was instant when I decided this is gonna be the first single from the new album.”

Justin went to his record label and asked to add the song to the finished album. They refused at first but once Justin played it for them, they changed their mind and sent him back into the studio. “I just knew in my heart this was what we needed to put out,” Justin said. “I just felt like it was right. I can’t explain why or how.” 

If you haven’t seen Justin’s emotional video for “If Heaven Wasn’t So Far Away,” watch it HERE.


Justin’s song “Bait a Hook” will be released as the follow up single to “If Heaven Wasn’t So Far Away.” The song is about that ex-boyfriend or girlfriend that moves on to someone new. It has gotten a big response from live audiences.

“‘Bait a Hook’ has become one of my favorite songs on the album,” he said. “I don’t know why, but it has. “We’ve been playing it and it’s one of those reaction records where immediately people know the words and it’s fun. Everyone hates their ex-boyfriend or ex-girlfriend… that’s what it’s about. If a guy leaves you for another girl you’re immediately going to be on Facebook or MySpace and go ‘She’s fat and ugly.’ She could be Cindy Crawford and [you'd] say horrific things about this person, knowing none of them may be true. And, guys are the same way. I don’t know that we Facebook stalk like you females do, but that’s sort of where the idea for this song came from. It’s fun to do.”


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