Allison Moorer Is Newest Writer for the Country Music Hall of Fame

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Award winning singer, songwriter, and performer Allison Moorer is the newest employee of the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum. Moorer is joining the nonprofit institution as a Writer-Editor in the Museum Services department.

Though most know the Mobile, Alabama native for her ten studio albums, including recording for MCA Nashville, Universal South, and Sugar Hill, she is also the author of two books, and has published articles in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, American Songwriter, Guernica, No Depression, Literary Hub and The Bitter Southerner.

Writer-Editors for the Hall of Fame contribute to exhibitions, museum publications, public programs, online offerings, social media channels and other educational initiatives that interpret and illuminate the genre, and explore the broad and ever-evolving narratives of its history and its contributions to culture.

Moorer has Master of Fine Arts Degree in Creative Writing from The New School, and received the Hall-Waters Prize for Excellence in Southern Writing in 2020 and the Alabama Library Association’s Authors Award in 2022.

She has often used her own life experiences as the inspiration for her writing. When Moorer was 14, her father shot and killed her mother before committing suicide. This resulted in the 2019 album and memoir Blood. In 2010, Moorer gave birth to her autistic son, John Henry Earle. Her 2021 book I Dream He Talks to Me: A Memoir of Learning How to Listen is about her experience raising an autistic child.

Along with writing many of her own songs, Allison Moorer has also been covered by Miranda Lambert, Trisha Yearwood, Kenny Chesney, ex-husband Steve Earle, and current husband Hayes Carll. Moorer has also worked as a producer. Her sister is singer and songwriter Shelby Lynne.

Allison Moorer was nominated for the ACM’s Top New Female Vocalist in 1998 after releasing her debut album Alabama Song. In 2004, she was also nominated for the Americana Music Association’s Artist of the Year. Her song “A Soft Place To Fall” also received an Academy Award nomination for Best Original Song, and “Days Aren’t Long Enough” received a Grammy Nomination for Best Country Collaboration in 2008.

Despite the critical acclaim and peer recognition, Allison Moorer failed to find the commercial acceptance of the country mainstream. Later in her career she was embraced by the Americana community, and has released a number of collaborative albums.

Also joining the Country Music Hall of Fame as a Writer-Editor is Jon Freeman, formerly of Rolling Stone Country. The Hall of Fame’s writing department is also where the late country writer and performer Peter Cooper was employed before passing away in 2022.

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