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Allison Moorer

Background information
Birth name Allison Moorer
Born June 21, 1972 (1972-06-21) (age 37)
Origin Mobile, Alabama
Genres country, folk
Occupations singer-songwriter
Instruments vocals, guitar, piano
Years active 1998-present
Labels MCA Nashville Records
Universal South
Sugar Hill Records
New Line Records
Ryko Records
Associated acts Shelby Lynne, Steve Earle

Allison Moorer (born June 21, 1972) is a Grammy and Academy Award nominated American alternative country singer and the younger sister of Shelby Lynne. She signed to MCA Nashville in 1998 and made her debut on the U.S. Billboard country charts with the release of her debut single "A Soft Place To Fall", which reached #73 on the charts.

Since the release of her debut album Alabama Song, she released seven albums and eleven singles, five of which reached positions on the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart.




Early years

Allison was raised in Frankville, Alabama, just north of Mobile. Raised on George Jones and Tammy Wynette, Waylon Jennings, Willie Nelson, Johnny Cash and Emmylou Harris, she sang harmonies as a toddler, eventually thinking she'd make a career of it. Following the murder-suicide of her parents in 1986, she moved into her aunt and uncle's home.

Musical career

Not long afterwards, Lynne moved to Nashville for a career in music, and after her high school graduation, Moorer followed. She sang harmonies with Lynne for a while but returned to Alabama to earn a degree in public relations. She skipped the graduation ceremony to move back to Nashville.

There, she met Doyle "Butch" Primm, an Oklahoma-reared musician who soon became her husband and frequent songwriting partner. In June 1996, she took part in a series of tributes to her songwriter friend, the late Walter Hyatt, singing his "Tell Me Baby" at Nashville's Ryman Auditorium. Nashville agent Bobby Cudd was sufficiently impressed to hook her up with producer Tony Brown. After a few meetings, Brown asked her to cut some demos, from which two tracks -- "Pardon Me" and "Call My Name" -- ended up on her first MCA album, Alabama Song.

Moorer and Steve Earle in 2008.

Her song "A Soft Place to Fall" was tapped for The Horse Whisperer in 1998, and she also appeared in the movie. Because the ballad earned her an Academy Award nomination,[1] she performed it on the 1999 Oscars ceremony. However, none of her singles from Alabama Song or its follow-up The Hardest Part caught on at radio, though both projects were highly praised by critics.

When Brown moved from MCA to Universal South, Moorer followed. Her 2002 album Miss Fortune earned more raves but didn't meet sales expectations. She almost got another big break by recording the duet "Picture" with Kid Rock after Sheryl Crow declined. However, Crow changed her mind, and the Rock-Crow version was a huge radio hit. Yet, the song was credited on the charts to both Crow and Moorer, in addition, the CD single featuring Moorer sold 500,000 copies and is certified Gold by the RIAA.

Her ballad "Tumbling Down" (from Miss Fortune) was featured on the soundtrack of the popular 2002 film The Rookie.

Her album, Show was recorded in one night (two performances) at the 12th and Porter, Nashville and despite popular belief, it features the first recorded collaboration of both Moorer sisters.

After releasing Show and DVD on Universal South, Moorer moved to independent label Sugar Hill Records. With a slightly rougher edge than past efforts, The Duel was released in April 2004.

About a year after The Duel, Moorer divorced Primm and married Steve Earle, after serving as his opening act on a European tour. Earle produced her 2006 album, Getting Somewhere. Moorer wrote all the songs, with the exception of one co-written with Earle. The couple live in New York City. She and Earle were nominated for a Grammy award in the category Best Country Collaboration with Vocals, for the song "Days Aren't Long Enough" from Earle's "Washington Square Serenade."

Moorer released the Buddy Miller-produced Mockingbird in February 2008 [2]; an album mainly of covers of songs by female singer/songwriters including her sister, Shelby Lynne.


Studio albums

Year Album details Peak chart positions
US Country US Heat US Indie
1998 Alabama Song 68
2000 The Hardest Part
  • Released: September 26, 2000
  • Label: MCA Nashville
26 26
2002 Miss Fortune 35 34
2003 Show
  • Released: June 24, 2003
  • Label: Universal South
2004 The Duel 55 41
2006 Getting Somewhere
  • Released: June 13, 2006
  • Label: Sugar Hill Records
2008 Mockingbird 18 44
2010 Crows
  • To be released: February 9, 2010
  • Label: Rykodisc
To be released
"—" denotes the album failed to chart


Year Album details
2005 The Definitive Collection
  • Released: June 7, 2005
  • Label: MCA Nashville
2008 The Ultimate Collection


Year Single Chart positions Album
US Country CAN Country
1998 "A Soft Place to Fall" 73 Alabama Song
"Set You Free" 72
"Alabama Song" 73
1999 "Pardon Me"
2000 "Send Down an Angel" 66 * The Hardest Part
2001 "Think It Over" 57 *
2002 "Tumbling Down" * Miss Fortune
"Cold in California" *
2003 "Going Down" (with Shelby Lynne) * Show
2004 "All Aboard" The Duel
2006 "Fairweather" Getting Somewhere
2007 "I Want a Little Sugar in My Bowl" Mockingbird
2008 "Dancing Barefoot"
2009 "The Broken Girl" Crows
"—" denotes releases that did not chart
* denotes unknown peak positions

Guest singles

Year Single Artist Chart positions Album
US Country US US AC
2002 "Picture"A Kid Rock 21 4 17 single only
2008 "Days Aren't Long Enough" Steve Earle Washington Square Serenade
"—" denotes releases that did not chart
  • ASong was credited on the charts to Kid Rock with Sheryl Crow or Allison Moorer.


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