Justin Moore Reaches No. 1 With ‘If Heaven Wasn’t So Far Away’
'If Heaven Wasn't So Far Away' has been a career song for Justin Moore. The tune became his fastest rising single to date just weeks after its release, and now it has topped the country singles chart. Penned by Rob Hatch, Brett Jones and Peach Picker, Dallas Davidson, the song was a piece out of each of their own lives.
"My favorite line in the song is [in the chorus]: 'If heaven wasn't so far away / I'd pack up the kids and go for the day / Introduce them to their grandpa / Watch 'em laugh at the way he talks,'' Jones tells Taste of Country. "I'm from south Georgia, and my accent has been diluted over time. My grandpa used to have a really thick accent, my Dad's was little less thick, and mine is less. When I take [my kids] back to meet people from there, they hear how the accent is so pronounced. I love that part of the song."
This marks the second time in his career that Moore has topped the charts, the first time being with his hit 'Small Town U.S.A.'
"THANK YOU COUNTRY RADIO and FANS for giving me my second #1 record with 'if heaven wasn't so far away!'" Moore tweeted Monday morning. "Y'all are unbelievable!!!"
"The cork is popped, and we are rocking tonight!" Davidson told Taste of Country upon hearing the news that Moore topped the charts. "Number one, baby!"
'If Heaven Wasn't So Far Away' leaped from No. 3 to No. 1, knocking out Blake Shelton's 'Honey Bee,' which had locked in the top for four solid weeks. Ironically, Shelton's smash was penned by Davidson's fellow Peach Pickers, Rhett Akins and Ben Hayslip.
Davidson has two more songs climbing the Top 10, heading straight for No. 1: Lady Antebellum's 'Just a Kiss' and Luke Bryan's 'Country Girl (Shake It for Me).'
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