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Justin Moore Almost Lost No. 1 Hit to Blake Shelton

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Justin Moore‘s single ‘Point at You’ has been a huge hit for him, but it turns out the No. 1 song was almost recorded by Blake Shelton.

The single marks Moore’s fourth No. 1 and was penned by a handful of talented writers, including Rhett Akins. President and CEO of Big Machine Label Group Scott Borchetta called Shelton to talk about the song, and the ‘Honey Bee’ singer was very gracious.

“Blake’s actually a really nice guy,” Borchetta said at the No. 1 party for the song in Nashville on Wednesday (Nov. 13), adding that Shelton gave the okay for Moore take the song.

This isn’t the first time that a song by Akins has caused some competition between artists, and it probably won’t be the last for the talented songwriter.

“‘Take a Back Road,’ both Rodney Atkins and Chris Young wanted the song really bad,” Akins tells Taste of Country. “And ‘Grandaddy’s Gun’ – Aaron Lewis and Blake Shelton both cut the song.”

But Akins maintains that the competition is light-hearted, and that there are no hard feelings between him and any of the artists. “They’re all my buddies,” he assures. “Whoever puts it out is going to do great on it, ya know? It’s cool that they like the song, but it’s kind of embarrassing for me … I’m just honored that more than one person actually likes the song you wrote.”


Justin Moore Celebrates Fourth Number One At Nashville Bash

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TRADE Point-at-YouValory Music Co.’s Justin Moore celebrated his latest chart-topping hit, “Point At You” yesterday afternoon at the Stage in downtown Nashville with industry members and friends. The single is the fourth No. 1 for Moore, and is featured on his Off The Beaten Path CD.

Penned by Rhett Akins, Ben Hayslip, and Ross Copperman, the single marked Copperman’s first time to top the charts.

Pictured (L-R): ASCAP’s Mike Sistad, This Music’s Rusty Gaston, co-writer Ross Copperman, BMI’s Perry Howard, Sony ATV Music Publishing Josh Van Valkenburg, and producer Jeremy Stover; (Front row, L-R): co-writer Rhett Akins, Justin Moore, co-writer Ben Hayslip, and Big Machine Label Group’s Scott Borchetta. Photo: Rick Diamond



Father and son songwriters Rhett Akins and Thomas Rhett tag team to dominate country charts

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By Associated Press, Published: October 28 NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Rhett Akins has helped pen numerous country music hits over the last two decades, but he’s jealous of his 23-year-old son Thomas Rhett’s natural ease at singing and songwriting.

“I feel like I’ve really had to practice hard to play guitar and to write good songs,” Akins said. “And it seems like it has just been pouring out of his mouth since he was at least 17 or 18, like just way more natural at it. And I don’t know if that’s just the way that he was born or just a combination of that he was born with talent and grew up on a tour bus, and grew up backstage, and grew up listening to all my demos and records. It’s just probably a combination of both of those.”

Father and son singer-songwriters aren’t that unusual in country music. Hank Williams, Waylon Jennings, Bobby Bare and Steve Earle all had sons who followed along similar musical paths.

But none have taken over the country airwaves at the same time like Akins and Rhett, who releases his debut album “It Goes Like This” on Tuesday. The two combined for songwriting credits on five of the top 10 songs on country radio earlier this month.

“I mean, that’s a dream come true for any songwriter or artist, but even more of a dream come true when it happens with your own son,” Akins said. “That’s never happened in the history of music that we can figure out so far. That’s probably the highlight of my 20 years of being in Nashville, for sure.”

The songs they charted with included cuts performed by Florida Georgia Line, Billy Currington, Lee Brice and Justin Moore. One Akins co-wrote turned out to be his son’s first No. 1 single, the title cut from the new album.

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