Tifton, Georgia’s Kip Moore started playing guitar while he was a student at Wallace State Community College in Hanceville, Alabama, later transferring to Valdosta State University in Georgia on a golf scholarship. His musical calling, though, couldn’t be ignored, and while he was a student there, performed his first gig at a Mellow Mushroom restaurant.
Before making the move to Nashville, though, Kip spent some time in Hawaii, where he also started backpacking and surfing. Once he was in Music City, he earned a paycheck while working as a manager at Abercrombie & Fitch, and made his way into songwriting circles, eventually having his music recorded by Jake Owen and Thompson Square.
Kip’s breakthrough as an artist came in 2011, thanks to “Something ‘Bout a Truck,” followed by “Beer Money” and the romantic “Hey Pretty Girl.” His debut album Up All Night became the best-selling debut album from a male artist in 2012 and 2013.
But it wasn’t all smooth sailing for Kip, who completely scrapped his sophomore album after the first two singles failed to gain traction. While battling depression, Kip started over with the writing and recording process to create the Wild Ones album on his own terms, which included the singles “I’m to Blame” and “Running for You.”
Kip has continued to write for other artists, most notably the Frankie Ballard single “Cigarette.” The first single from Kip’s forthcoming third album, “More Girls Like You,” is a multi-week Frog Wars champion.