Allison Moorer

Born: Chatom, AL

Sister of Shelby Lynn. Co-writer of "A Soft Place to Fall," which appeared in the Oscar-nominated film, The Horse Whisperer. The song received an Academy Award nomination for Best Original Song in 1999. Moorer sang the song on the Oscar telecast that year. Her 2003 duet "Pictures" with Kid Rock went to #1 on Billboard's Top Country Sales Chart.

Source: Alabama Music Hall of Fame

Allison Moorer (born June 21, 1972) is an 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.


Since the release of her debut album Alabama Song, she released seven albums and 11 singles, five of which reached positions on the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart.

Allison was raised in Monroeville, 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.


ot long afterwards, sister Shelby Lynne moved to Nashville for a career in music, and after her high school graduation, Moorer followed. She sang harmonies with her sister 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".

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 sister label 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 gave birth to their first child together, John Henry Earle, on April 5, 2010.

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.

In 2009, Moorer performed in The People Speak, a documentary feature film that uses dramatic and musical performances of the letters, diaries, and speeches of everyday Americans, based on historian Howard Zinn's "A People's History of the United States”.[3]



1^ Session Timeout - Academy Awards Database - AMPAS

2^ Morningstar, Mary (11 March 2008). "Allison Moorer Pays Tribute to Artists Who Inspired Her with 'Mockingbird'". VOA News (Voice of America). Retrieved 3 January 2009.


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