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.”