Luke Bryan's Gold Night In Georgia
luke During last night’s Farm Tour show in Statesboro, Ga., Luke Bryan was surprised in front of a crowd of over 8,000 fans with a Gold plaque for his current album tailgates & tanlines. He also received a plaque for his first Platinum single— the album’s lead smash hit “Country Girl (Shake It For Me),” which Bryan co-wrote with fellow Georgian Dallas Davidson.

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Industry Salutes Songwriters of Justin Moore's "If Heaven Wasn't So Far Away"
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Celebrants packed the central hallway of the Country Music Association building in Nashville Monday afternoon (Sept. 26) to honor Brett Jones, Dallas Davidson and Rob Hatch for writing Justin Moore's recent No. 1 hit, "If Heaven Wasn't So Far Away."

Moore was also front and center to bask in the communal congratulations.

The party was co-sponsored by BMI, the performance rights organization with which Davidson and Hatch are affiliated, and its counterpart, ASCAP, of which Jones is a member.

"You're looking at a man who, before our eyes, is becoming one of the most successful songwriters in our genre," said BMI's Jody Williams in his commendation of Davidson. "You can't get in your car and drive 200 yards without hearing a Dallas Davidson song."

Noting that "Heaven" is Davidson's eighth No. 1 single and Moore's second, Williams pointed out that five songs currently on the Billboard country chart are ones Davidson co-wrote: Lady Antebellum's "We Owned the Night," Joe Nichols' "Take It Off," Luke Bryan's "I Don't Want This Night to End," Montgomery Gentry's "Where I Come From" and Craig Morgan's "This Ole Boy."
Justin Moore Celebrates Success of ‘If Heaven Wasn’t So Far Away’ in Nashville
Justin-Moore2 Friends and family of all walks of life came out in the masses on Monday afternoon (September 26) to give Justin Moore a pat on the back for topping the country singles chart for the second time in his career with ‘If Heaven Wasn’t So Far Away.’

Moore’s wife, Kate, their 19-month-old daughter, Ella Kole, and other friends and family members were there supporting the singer’s latest career accomplishment as they gathered at the CMA headquarters in downtown Nashville. Dozens of others were also on hand to give kudos to the song’s three writers — Dallas Davidson, Rob Hatch and Brett Jones — including Jerrod Niemann, Randy Houser, Lee Brice, Jamey Johnson, Lance Miller and hit songwriter Jason Sellers.

After Moore, the songwriters, his record label and his producer received various plaques and trophies, the singer took to the podium where he humbly thanked all in attendance, including his grandmother who he dedicated the No. 1 to, along with his late grandfather.

“We’ve had some really great years leading up to this year, but this one has been a notch above the previous year,” Moore told Taste of Country prior to the party. “I think this song is a little different for us. It’s a bit of a departure for us. I’ve talked in the past about how songs that are really personal to me seem to do really well for me.”

“This is one of those songs that I cut because I didn’t put a song out on my first album called ‘Grandpa,’” Moore continues. “I didn’t get that on the radio. When I heard this song, I thought this was kind of my opportunity to make up for that. As far as how it’s affected my year and career, ‘Small Town USA’ is probably our biggest record, if you had to look at all of them. But this one’s right up there with it, obviously. I’m proud that we got the chance to record it, honestly.”


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