Justin Moore: Six Years of Fatherhood

"It Changes You As an Artist"

When Justin Moore had his first No. 1 song in 2009, “Small Town USA,” he had a wife, but no kids.

A year later, that all changed when his daughter Ella was born. And again when Kennedy was born. And again when Rebecca was born.

Now the father of three little girls, ages 6, 4, and 2, admits that he approaches music differently than he did with his first album.

“I don’t sit down and try to write a song for the girls or pick songs for the girls,” Moore said in a recent radio interview.

“But you know,” he said, “anything you go through in your personal life, whether it’s good or bad or fulfilling or not, I think it changes you as an artist in the way that you hear things and the way that you write things and what comes out of you. It’s changed me for sure over the years.”

And in fact, a year after Ella was born, Moore released his first ballad to show off his family-man side. It was a cover of a Rhett Akins song, “If Heaven Wasn’t So Far Away.” It was another one of Moore’s early No. 1 songs.

“There are songs that — prior to being a father — that I probably wouldn’t have been touched in the same way by as I have been now that I’m a father,” he said.

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