Justin Moore’s Big Day

Justin celebrates a No. 1 hit and two gold albums.

Jeremy Stover, Justin Moore & Brian Dean Maher
photos by Kendra Gene Motycka

Justin Moore had three good reasons to be in a festive mood on Tuesday afternoon (March 12). Justin celebrated the No. 1 success of his single "Til My Last Day" and gold certification for his self-titled debut album and his second album, Outlaws Like Me, at a party at Honky Tonk Central in downtown Nashville.

For the single, Justin and co-writers Jeremy Stover and Brian Dean Maher picked up plaques from their publishing companies and ASCAP along with medallions from the Country Music Association and commemorative cups from BMI. But the "crown" jewel came with a special gift from Justin's record label. Justin and the co-writers each received a bottle of extra-rare Crown Royal whiskey.

As Justin took the podium, he preferred to thank Jeremy and Brian Dean for their contributions to the song along with his record label staff for their efforts on his behalf. "I really don't like being the center of attention," Justin said, smiling, "despite what my wife says. There are a whole lot of people who deserve the same amount of recognition. Thank you so much for hanging with me."

Justin can actually thank his wife, Kate, for her keen insight into a hit song. Before the party, Justin told reporters that Kate encouraged him to record "Til My Last Day," even though he had never done a romantic ballad before. "She's the one who said that I needed to do something different," Justin noted. "I have to give the credit to her." Justin added that "Til My last Day" opened the door for him to record similar material in the future. "I felt comfortable doing this," Justin said. "I didn't know if my fans would like it. I was dead wrong, thankfully."

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