Amateur Golfer to Country Singer:
Kip Moore was born and raised in Tifton, Georgia. Moore's father was golf pro, and Kip intially followed in his father's athletic footsteps. He earned a golf scholarship Georgia's Valdosta State University, but during school music began to exert a greater hold on his life.
While in college, Moore toured with a band and began to consider a musical future.
"I started playing guitar like when I was 17," Moore said in an interview with The Boot in 2012. "But where I'm from, you just don't hear about people moving to Nashville and making it," says the musician, who grew up in a family of six children. "It was such a foreign thing to me. I never knew music was an option for me."
After graduation, he moved to Nashville like many before him with his eyes on the prize: writing and recording country songs.
Paying His Dues on Music Row:
Although Moore arrived in Nashville in 2004, it wasn't until 2008 that his solo career started to gain traction. He'd earned some attention as a songwriter, writing tunes for Thompson Square and Jake Owen. After getting taken under the wing of producer Brett James, he inked a deal with MCA Nashville Records.
"I was really conflicted emotionally," Moore said about the record deal to No Depression, "elated and excited, but also anxious for the journey ahead."
Songs Written by Kip Moore:
- Jake Owen - "Settin' the World on Fire"
- Thompson Square - "All the Way"
- Thompson Square - "Let's Fight"
Somethin' 'Bout a Truck:
The singer got his first hit with his single "Somethin' 'Bout a Truck," released September 25, 2011. In the lead up to his album release, it topped out at #9 on the U.S. country music charts and was certified gold.
According to Moore, the song was inspired from his small town background. "I lived that song 5,000 times growing up. When you are from a small town like I am, there's not a whole lot to do," he said in press materials. "You have to make your own fun and there's a whole lot of sitting in fields, and a whole lot of Bud Light and fishing poles. It's real hot in south Georgia, so all of the girls were wearing sundresses. It was all you needed back then – a truck bed, a radio and good company with you."
In late May of 2012, the song became Moore's first #1 country hit.
Moore's early influences were rootsy artists such as Bob Seger, Bruce Springsteen, and Kris Kristofferson, in addition to more traditional country singers.
Writing and Releasing 'Up All Night':
On April 24, 2012, Moore release his debut album Up All Night. Unlike a lot of new artists, he had a hand in writing all 11 tracks on the record.
"I was up until three or four in the morning listening to records and practicing and writing songs and being engulfed in the whole process for years," Moore explained of the album's title.
"I had a lot of dark moments along the way and spent late nights crafting these songs. But it can also mean just the late nights on the road having a good time. It means a variety of things, and that's why I went with that title and the song is one my favorites on the album."
Up All Night debuted at #3 on the country album charts.