Justin Moore: ‘People Think I Am Nuts’ for Living in Tiny Town
Justin Moore is quickly becoming a household name. The reigning ACM New Artist of the Year just released the debut single, 'Home Sweet Home,' with Motley Crue, from their country tribute album, 'Nashville Outlaws: A Tribute to Motley Crue,' and has eight Top 10 singles and two gold records to his credit.
But in spite of his fame and fortune, the singer-songwriter says he is staying far away from the lure of Nashville, or any other big city. Instead, he is choosing to raise his family, which includes daughter Ella Kole, four, and Kennedy Faye, two, in his hometown of Poyen, Ark., population only 290.
"People think I am nuts," Moore admits to People magazine. "But I want my girls to run through the cow pasture to my mom and dad's house. I want them to go to school where I went to school. It's important to me to see them growing up and having a normal childhood."
The singer moved to Music City in 2002, to pursue his music career full-time, but once he became a husband and a father, he realized there was no better place to be than his own hometown. But relocating to the small town isn't the only change Moore made. After his successful Off the Beaten Path Tour last year, the 30-year-old decided he wanted to focus more on his family than selling out venues, so he did what many artists would be afraid to do, and cut his touring schedule in half.
"This means that I will be home for over 200 days this year," he explains. "My four-year-old just started playing softball. I will be taking her to dance class. These are the things that are tops on my priority list."
It's the perfect time for Moore to choose to spend more time at home, since his wife of seven years, Kate, is pregnant and due this summer with baby number three. But even though the females already outnumber him in his house, he says he has no idea if his daughters will be getting a sister or a brother.
"I would want to know, but my wife wanted to wait and she wins most battles," he admits. "I've got all girls as of right now. I am sure I will have another one."
Moore may have to be catching a plane home if he hopes to make it in time to see the new baby be born. He has a summer full of shows on the road, including stops in Texas, Michigan, Wisconsin and Indiana later this month. See his complete concert schedule here.