Singer-songwriter Kip Moore explored his own experiences of growing up in a small Georgia town and working diligently for years to achieve his musical dreams to create his MCA Nashville debut album, Up All Night. Up All Night, which includes the hit "Somethin' 'Bout a Truck," is infused with relentless intensity, both of passion and frustration, that is earning rave reviews from critics. “For years, I have been searching for the missing link between blue-collar rock and country music," says noted journalist/historian Robert K. Oermann, who writes for Music Row magazine. "This year, I think I have heard it. His name is Kip Moore. There is fiery, urgent intensity in his voice. His lyrics vibrate with conviction and true grit. The melodies have gripping, heart-in-throat passion. And the roaring, propulsive performances on his debut album sound like signposts on the highway to some Southern-fried Born to Run. Dare I say it? This man just might be the hillbilly Springsteen."
Says Billboard Country Monitor's Tom Roland, "Gritty, earthy vocals layered over powerfully simple arrangements. Moore isn't flashy, but the subtle frame he creates for his blue-collar portraits make the images seem that much more real. It also suggests he's confident in his songs and his performance. Which he ought to be."
He was born in Tifton, Ga., near the Florida line, and was one of six children, the youngest boy who had three younger sisters. "You had to make your own fun, for sure," he says of Tifton. "I had a lot of time for daydreaming. It was a great town, but I dreamed about getting out. I do enjoy going back now. "His father was a golf pro and his mother was a painter who used anything handy for a canvas, whether it was cake plates or baby crates. She also taught piano and played the church organ. Weekends were often spent driving to the beach with his father for fishing expeditions. "He would play a lot of Jackson Browne, Willie Nelson, Bob Seger, Tom Petty and Bruce Springsteen," he says. "As early as I can remember, I always gravitated toward lyrics. Even when I hadn't lived enough to understand them, they still shaped me. "During high school, he began playing his brother's guitar, but his focus largely remained on athletics. He played point guard for Wallace State's basketball team and also played on its golf team in Hanceville, Ala., for two years and then transferred to Valdolsta State University on a golf scholarship. But music became a growing passion. He wrote songs daily and joined a band that performed throughout the South, providing him with all of his income.
After graduation, he moved to Hawaii on a whim with just a backpack, a surfboard and a friend. They slept on an airport bench the first night and then lucked into a hut that was $50 a month. After six months of this tropical paradise, Kip thought he had found his permanent home until his friend encouraged him to pursue songwriting as a living. "I didn't know a whole lot about the world of songwriting," he says. "I just did it for my own enjoyment. We talked about Nashville and I ended up saying, 'I'm going to give it a shot.' I flew back home and told my folks. They thought I was crazy. Now they'll say different, that they knew all along."
He drove to Nashville on Jan. 1, 2004 in an old black Nissan truck that contained one bag and his guitar. He immersed himself in the songwriting community, observing songwriters' rounds for two years and honing his craft before gaining the confidence to join in.
When Kip plays shows, he's often asked for advice by aspiring songwriters. "Everybody's experience is different, but I do believe it has to be the only thing," he says. "I don't think it can be a gray line. Either you want it and there's nothing else or it's not going to happen." For instance, Kip was offered a sales position with an enticing salary, but it required working six days a week, leaving no time for creating music. "You come to the crossroads: do you really want this? Are you willing to sacrifice everything, including relationships? I can't tell you how many relationships have been doomed from the get-go because of this."It only took me a few minutes to decline it. It's such a risk and it's an alone feeling – you feel like you're on an island by yourself – but it's worth every single minute. Had I taken that job, I wouldn't be sitting here today."
Kip Fun Facts:
- Before signing his record deal with MCA Nashville, he was a store manager at Abercrombie & Fitch
- His most succesful single to date is "Somethin bout a Truck" which hit #1 on the Billboard Country chart and has sold over a million copies
- He has played both Country 102.5's Country Music Festival and Wicked Awesome Monstah Bash!
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