Kickin' It Up

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Kickin' It Up
Studio album by John Michael Montgomery
Released January 25, 1994 (1994-01-25)
Genre Country
Length 34:26
Label Atlantic
Producer Scott Hendricks
John Kunz
John Michael Montgomery chronology
Life's a Dance
Kickin' It Up
John Michael Montgomery
Alternative cover
Japan Cover
Japan Cover
Singles from Kickin' It Up
  1. "I Swear"
    Released: December 13, 1993
  2. "Rope the Moon"
    Released: March 14, 1994
  3. "Be My Baby Tonight"
    Released: May 23, 1994
  4. "If You've Got Love"
    Released: September 19, 1994
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4.5/5 stars [1]
Entertainment Weekly (B) [2]
New Country 3.5/5 stars[3]

Kickin' It Up is the second studio album by American country music artist John Michael Montgomery. The album was released by Atlantic Records on January 25, 1994. On February 19 of the same year, the album debuted at #1 on the Billboard 200. Four songs were released from it: "I Swear," "Rope the Moon," "Be My Baby Tonight" and "If You've Got Love." Three of the singles reached #1 on the Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks chart, while "Rope the Moon" was a #4. "Be My Baby Tonight" and "I Swear" both crossed over into the Hot 100, peaking at #73 and #42, respectively. Additionally, "Kick It Up" peaked at #72 from unsolicited airplay. "I Swear" was later covered by pop group All-4-One, whose version was also a Number One hit in several countries.[1]

Critical reception[edit]

Giving it 3.5 out of 5 stars, Brian Mansfield wrote in New Country magazine that "On Kickin' It Up...Montgomery captures the personality he has spent the last year developing on stage." He praised Montgomery's energy on "Friday at Five" and "Be My Baby Tonight" in particular.[3]

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Be My Baby Tonight" (Richard Fagan, Ed Hill) - 2:50
  2. "Full-Time Love" (Carson Chamberlain, Zack Turner) - 2:53
  3. "I Swear" (Gary Baker, Frank J. Myers) - 4:24
  4. "She Don't Need a Band to Dance" (Randy Archer, Freddy Weller) - 3:21
  5. "All In My Heart" (Mike Geiger, Woody Mullis) - 3:46
  6. "Friday at Five" (Jimmy Stewart, George Teren) - 2:41
  7. "Rope the Moon" (Aggie Brown, Jess Brown, Jimmy Denton) - 4:06
  8. "If You've Got Love" (Mark D. Sanders, Steve Seskin) - 3:54
  9. "Oh How She Shines" (Pat Bunch, Doug Johnson) - 3:14
  10. "Kick It Up" (Andy Byrd, Jim Robinson) - 3:17


  • Produced By Scott Hendricks & John Kunz
  • Engineered By Scott Hendricks, Amy Hughes, John Kunz, John Guess & Marty Williams
  • Mixed By Jeff Balding, Scott Hendricks & John Kunz
  • Mastered By Hank Williams


Group vocals on "Kick It Up" by Harry Stinson, Dennis Wilson, Mimi Nuyens, Bruce Sulfridge, John Kunz and Mike Janas.


Region Certification
United States (RIAA)[4] 4× Platinum

Chart performance[edit]

Chart (1994) Peak
U.S. Billboard Top Country Albums 1
U.S. Billboard 200 1
Canadian RPM Country Albums 1
Canadian RPM Top Albums 23


  1. ^ a b Kickin' It Up at AllMusic. Retrieved 2011-06-21.
  2. ^ Alanna Nash (1994-01-28). "Kickin' It Up Review | Music Reviews and News". Retrieved 2012-02-26. 
  3. ^ a b Mansfield, Brian (March 1994). "Reviews: Kickin' It Up". New Country. 1 (1): 44. 
  4. ^ "American album certifications – John Michael Montgomery – Kickin' It Up". Recording Industry Association of America.  If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Album, then click SEARCH
Preceded by
Jar of Flies by Alice in Chains
Billboard 200 number-one album
February 19–25, 1994
Succeeded by
Toni Braxton by Toni Braxton
Preceded by
Common Thread: The Songs of the Eagles by Various Artists
Top Country Albums number-one album
February 12 - March 26, 1994
Succeeded by
Rhythm, Country and Blues by Various Artists
Preceded by
Common Thread: The Songs of the Eagles by Various Artists
Maverick by Various Artists
RPM Country Albums number-one album
February 28 - April 3, 1994
September 19 - October 2, 1994
Succeeded by
New Country by Various Artists
Who I Am by Alan Jackson
Preceded by
Some Gave All by Billy Ray Cyrus
RPM Country Albums number-one album of the year
Succeeded by
The Hits by Garth Brooks