Justin Moore is ready for the driver’s seat.
With two gold albums, three No. 1
singles and another new album set for release this summer, the singer-songwriter from Poyen, Ark., kicked off his first headlining
tour last month.
“I learned a little bit of something, I think, from everybody that I’ve been out on the road with,” he says.
“And I’ve been out with just about everybody that’s been doing it in the last four, five, six years.”
“It’s incredibly humbling to be at this point in our career. There’s a lot of people that deserve to be where we’re at and
will never get there for whatever reason.”
Though his first stint as a headliner has been a thrilling ride, Moore realizes
it’s also a daunting task.
“Before, when I was out with Blake Shelton, I’d just blame it on him if nobody was there,”
he jokes. “Now everybody’s looking at me.”
Moore’s experience as an opening act helped when it came time to choose
who should join him on his Outlaws Like Me tour.
“I’ve learned this as an opening act,” he says. “It matters who you’ve
got out there with you.”
Having specifically chosen Lynch and Pardi for the slots, the headliner wanted to keep the
momentum going onstage from one artist to the next.
“The thing I love about it is for us for our very first tour, we’ve
got two guys out there that are playing traditional country music, which is what we do,” Moore says. “So it’s perfect for
our fans to come to the show. It keeps things in line with what we’re trying to do out there. It’s been great.”
of the initial success of his headlining dates, plans are already underway for a fall tour.
Moore’s authenticity travels
beyond his live shows, as he plans the release of his third album. Having found success with his self-titled debut in 2009,
along with sophomore album, Outlaws Like Me in 2011, he describes his new 16-track project as his most diverse album
yet. He also admits to being a “fan of people who don’t write the same album over and over and over.”
Noting the changes
within country music in recent years, he says, “You’ve got to continue to grow as an artist.”
third album developed with his song selections.
“With my first and second album … I knew exactly what I wanted them
to be like, sound like, the titles,” he reveals. “This one, I had absolutely no clue. I was kind of stumped, and it kind of
came together because of the songs I found and the songs I wrote.”
Moore continues, “The trick for me was trying to
figure out how to stay true to what it is that I do and be traditional. Plus, grow it to a point that some of these newer
fans — who are not as familiar with traditional country music as some of the people in the past — I had to get them on board,
Moore penned multiple tracks on his new album but also relied on outside writers for a boost.
write the more mainstream stuff,” he admits. “What comes out of me naturally is traditional stuff. There’s so many songwriters
in this town that if we want to do a couple of those types of things, they do it better than me. I found a few great songs
that I think are awesome.”
He describes the album’s lead single “Point at You” as “a feel-good, roll-the-windows-down
kind of song.”
While the song has already caught the attention of concert-goers, Moore is excited about what’s to come.
been surprised by the amount of energy it gives the show and the crowd without them even knowing the song really yet,” he
says. “I can’t wait for that thing to get toward the Top 15, Top 20, and really see it start working. Because once you get
inside the Top 20, they start singing it back to you.”
One factor Moore doesn’t take lightly in his profession is his
extensive support system.
“I have a great crew and band that work their butts off for me, and it takes an army of people,”
he says of his life on the road.
Even closer, Moore’s parents, wife and children have played pivotal roles in his career.
my mom and dad wouldn’t have embraced this dream along with me, and they would’ve called me a nut, I wouldn’t be sitting here,”
he reveals. “I quit college after two weeks and told them I wanted to move to Nashville and be a country music star. The fact
that they didn’t go, ‘I don’t care what you want to do, go back to school,’ they said, ‘If you really want to try this, let’s
try it.’ And that was huge.
“And now, I have my wife who is so supportive. It goes unsaid that that’s a huge part of
our success. The fact that she kind of rolls with the flow the way she does is great. And also to have her and my two little
girls … the fact that you can come home to them, it makes all of this stuff worthwhile.”
Through his success, Moore
has had the opportunity to give back to multiple charities. Over the past year, he and other Big Machine Label Group artists
have been involved with Outnumber Hunger, a national campaign which provides meals in local communities.
getting involved with the initiative, Moore confesses he was shocked by some of the statistics he discovered.
our mindset is that happens in third world countries and people over here that have done things or went about things the wrong
way in their lives, made bad decisions,” he says. “But it’s not. It could be somebody that lives next door to you.
think it’s our job to do things like this, to use our platform for good,” he says. “That’s our job as an artist, as a Christian,
as an individual in society — to use the tools that we have for good. We’re involved with a number of different charities,
and this is one of them. It’s a really great one.”