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.”


Lady Antebellum Embraces Their Successful Ride by Owning the Night
4864242 When Lady Antebellum burst onto the country scene in the fall of 2007, no one could have predicted the fact that in two short years the trio’s star would shoot into the stratosphere with a little album titled Need You Now. Lady A’s sophomore disc brought them cross-over recognition and a slew of Grammys earlier this year.

Amidst the success of Need You Now, Charles Kelley, Hillary Scott and Dave Haywood headed back into the recording studio to craft their highly anticipated follow-up Own the Night. The 12-track project features “Just a Kiss,” a song that has already topped the country singles chart for two weeks and is making huge waves in the worlds of pop and adult contemporary, and Lady A’s current country chart-climber “We Owned the Night.”

With the album making its debut at number one on the Billboard 200 sales chart and their second headlining tour on the horizon, Lady A is already poised to fully embrace the concept that is the heart of Own the Night.

On the eve of embarking on what looks to be a very busy fall, we caught up with the award-winning group in Nashville to chat about the pressures of success, creating their new album and their upcoming first appearance on Saturday Night Live, as well as Hillary’s engagement to musician Chris Tyrell.

You just came off one of the biggest albums of last year with Need You Now. Going into making this new record Own the Night, did the pressure of living up to Need You Now ever get to you? Or, were you able to shut that out and focus creatively?

Dave: We did our best to try not to let some of that pressure change the way we did this record. We’ve said it before, but you know that album kind of came about with no expectations. We were just in there making music. Our producer Paul Worley was great about helping us just capture those songs the way that they were written.

We’re obviously very thankful for stuff like the Grammys and any of those awards and accolades from the Need You Now record, but we didn’t let that change the way we went about this one.

You call “We Owned the Night” the cornerstone of the album. It’s the title of your tour this fall and latest single. Could you tell me a little bit about writing that one and how it factored into the project?

Hillary: The boys wrote that with [hit songwriter] Dallas Davidson. We just felt like it was a great song to perform live. It just felt very “live” from the very beginning. When I heard it for the first time, I loved it. Then when we got into the studio and recorded that song, it inspired me to the point of going and grabbing a legal pad and start sketching out the stage and just thinking about our live show.


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