Kip Moore

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Kip Moore
Moore in 2013
Background information
Birth nameKipling Christian Moore[1]
Born (1980-04-01) April 1, 1980 (age 44)[2]
Tifton, Georgia, U.S
OriginNashville, Tennessee, United States
  • Singer
  • songwriter
  • Vocals
  • guitar
Years active2008–present[3]
LabelsMCA Nashville

Kipling Christian Moore (born April 1, 1980) is an American country music singer and songwriter signed to MCA Nashville. He has released five studio albums for the label and has charted a total of twelve entries on Billboard Hot Country Songs and Country Airplay including the number-one "Somethin' 'Bout a Truck" and four additional top-ten hits. He has also written songs for Frankie Ballard, Thompson Square, and James Wesley.


Kip Moore was born in Tifton, Georgia, to Bonnie (Mann) and Stan Moore. He has two brothers and three sisters. Their father died in September 2011, just months before the release of Moore's debut album. He began playing guitar while attending Wallace State Community College in Hanceville, Alabama, and made his first public performance at a Mellow Mushroom restaurant in Valdosta, Georgia. After college, he moved to a "little hut" in Hawaii, where he also took up backpacking and surfing.[4] He moved to Nashville, Tennessee, in 2004, where songwriter and producer Brett James helped him sign a publishing deal.[4]

Musical career[edit]

He spent eight years in Nashville before signing a record deal with MCA Nashville.[5] His debut single, "Mary Was the Marrying Kind",[6] peaked at number 45 on the country singles charts published by Billboard.

On September 27, 2011, he released his second single, "Somethin' 'Bout a Truck". The song was followed by the release of his debut album Up All Night in April 2012.[7] Moore co-wrote every song on the album, and Brett James produced it. A month later, "Somethin' 'Bout a Truck" hit number 1 on the Billboard country charts. "Beer Money" was the album's second single, followed by "Hey Pretty Girl". These songs also reached the country Top 5.[8] Up All Night was the most commercially successful album for a debut country male artist in both 2012 and 2013.[9]

Moore co-wrote two tracks on Thompson Square's self-titled debut album which was released in February 2011: "All the Way" and "Let's Fight", the latter of which was their debut single. He also co-wrote James Wesley's 2012 single "Walking Contradiction".[10] He also co-wrote Frankie Ballard's 2016 single "Cigarette".

Wild Ones (2013–2016)[edit]

In October 2013, Moore announced his fifth single, "Young Love".[11][12] It charted at number 22 on the Country Airplay in March 2014. After it underperformed, it was followed by "Dirt Road", which failed to make Top 40.[13][8] Moore then decided to "scrap" his second album and compose new material.[14] Moore then released "I'm to Blame", the lead single to his 2015 album, Wild Ones.[14][15] In 2016, Kip released his first EP titled Underground, featuring tracks “My Kind” and an acoustic version of “Midnight Slowdance”.

Slowheart (2017–2018)[edit]

Kip Moore with his band, "The Slowhearts" in 2019.

On February 10, 2017, Moore released "More Girls Like You" as the lead single from a then-unannounced forthcoming album.[16]

On June 21, 2017, Moore announced the album's title, Slowheart, and its release date of September 8, 2017.[17]

On November 16, 2018, Moore released his second EP titled Room to Spare: The Acoustic Sessions. Three singles were released in preparation for the EP: "Tennessee Boy," an acoustic version of "Plead the Fifth," and "It Ain't California." The EP consists of seven acoustic tracks.

Wild World (2019–2022)[edit]

In May 2019, Moore announced on social media "That's a wrap, record #4 is done". No release date had been officially announced, but on June 15 Moore announced he was checking mixes for his upcoming record, indicating the record may be released sometime in 2019.[18]

On August 9, 2019, Moore released a much-anticipated lead single to his yet to be named upcoming album. "She's Mine" is a song Moore wrote over a decade ago, and finally released it in 2019.[19]

On March 27, 2020, Moore released the title track for his anticipated fourth studio album titled Wild World. Later that same day, Moore did an interview with Billboard about his new album. The album, which consists of thirteen tracks (twelve of which are co-written by Moore), was released on May 29, 2020.[20] Another preview song, "Southpaw", followed on April 17, 2020.[21]

In January 2022, Moore released a re-recorded version of "Crazy One More Time", which was previously featured as an album track on Up All Night. The new version was sent to country radio on January 24, 2022.[22]

Damn Love (2023–present)[edit]

On February 24, 2023, Moore released the first single from his fifth studio album, "Damn Love". The album of the same name was released on April 28, 2023. "Kinda Bar", the album's second single, was released on March 24, 2023.

Personal life[edit]

In his free time, Moore enjoys carpentry,[23] surfing[24] rock climbing and hiking.[25] Moore co-manages a lodging facility for outdoor enthusiasts in Rogers, Kentucky.[26]

Moore has never been married and has no children. He stated that "'s not like I'm out doing really wild stuff. It's just that my focus has been so hyper-driven on the music that even when I'm off the road I'm always back in the studio writing and creating."[27] "I've been a boyfriend maybe three or four times in my whole life. I hang out here and there, but I'm that kind of that person who longs for so much solo time, freedom, alone time. It does seem like a lot of guys my age in this business are getting married, but I'll probably be the last bachelor standing!"[28]

Moore considers himself a private person. "I don’t owe anybody anything to tell them about my personal life and that’s how I’ve always felt. It’s ways of protecting people around me, because the minute I say it, people will pry like crazy."[29]


Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Association Category Result
2012 American Country Awards
Single by a New Artist – "Somethin' 'Bout a Truck" Nominated
Music Video by a New Artist – "Somethin' 'Bout a Truck" Nominated
2013 Country Music Association Awards New Artist of the Year[30] Nominated
2014 New Artist of the Year[31] Nominated
2023 International Artist Achievement Award Pending


  1. ^ "Search results for 'Kip Christian Moore'". Broadcast Music Incorporated. Archived from the original on June 16, 2013. Retrieved June 5, 2013.
  2. ^ Amand, Amanda (May 12, 2016). "Q&A: Kip Moore talks good music, good fans and Merle Haggard". St. Louis Post Dispatch. Retrieved February 17, 2021.
  3. ^ "Kip Moore Biography". Archived from the original on April 5, 2015. Retrieved April 30, 2015.
  4. ^ a b Phillips, Jessica (May 9, 2011). "Who's New: Kip Moore". Country Weekly. 18 (19): 18. ISSN 1074-3235.
  5. ^ "Kip Moore Biography (Page 2 of 2)". Great American Country. Archived from the original on February 25, 2012. Retrieved April 8, 2011.
  6. ^ Morris, Edward (March 26, 2011). "Sara Evans Keeps Top Album, Billy Currington Snags No. 1 Song". CMT. Retrieved April 8, 2011.
  7. ^ Duvall, Erin (March 2, 2012). "Kip Moore, 'Up All Night' Album Coming in April". The Boot. Retrieved March 3, 2012.
  8. ^ a b "Kip Moore Chart History: Country Airplay". Billboard. Retrieved March 10, 2020.
  9. ^ Conaway, Alanna. "Kip Moore Wraps Highly Successful Year Of Touring and Sales". Archived from the original on January 28, 2014. Retrieved December 17, 2013.
  10. ^ "James Wesley Talks New Single, Touring With Taylor Swift & Ronnie Dunn". Billboard.
  11. ^ "Listen to Kip Moore's Nostalgic New Song 'Young Love'". October 21, 2013. Retrieved October 21, 2013.
  12. ^ Taste of Country staff. "Kip Moore Young Love [Listen]". Retrieved November 12, 2013.
  13. ^ "Kip Moore Chart History: Country Singles". Billboard. Retrieved March 10, 2020.
  14. ^ a b "Kip Moore - Biography & History - AllMusic". AllMusic.
  15. ^ Vain, Madison (May 29, 2015). "Kip Moore Previews New Album, Wild Ones, Chats Life on the Road and Why He'll Never Make the Same Album Twice". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved May 29, 2015.
  16. ^ "Kip Moore: More Girls Like You". Amazon. Retrieved June 22, 2017.
  17. ^ Moss, Marissa S. (June 21, 2017). "Kip Moore Announces New Album, Talks 'Double Edged Sword' of Success". Rolling Stone. Retrieved June 23, 2017.
  18. ^ Gazibara, Steve (May 23, 2019). "Kip Moore Says It's A "Wrap," Album Four Is Done". Whiskey Riff. Retrieved June 27, 2019.
  19. ^ Roland, Tom (October 7, 2019). "Makin' Tracks: Kip Moore Digs Into His Past to Find His Potential Future in 'She's Mine'". Billboard. Retrieved October 16, 2019.
  20. ^ "Kip Moore Sets Date for New Album 'Wild World': Exclusive". Billboard. March 27, 2020.
  21. ^ Stefano, Angela (April 17, 2020). "Kip Moore Channels His Inner Outlaw in 'Southpaw' [Listen]". Taste of Country. Retrieved April 20, 2020.
  22. ^ "Future Releases for Country Radio Stations". AllAccess. Retrieved January 4, 2022.
  23. ^ Trapp, Phillip (December 30, 2020). "Kip Moore Recorded a New Album During Quarantine, Picked Up New Hobby in Quarantine". Taste of Country. Retrieved December 23, 2021.
  24. ^ Lanier, Josh (February 22, 2021). "Kip Moore Reveals How Surfing Taps Into 'Childhood Joy'". Outsider. Retrieved December 23, 2021.
  25. ^ Hall, Kristen M. (May 27, 2020). "In 'Wild World' singer Kip Moore turns a mirror on himself". ABC News. Retrieved December 23, 2021.
  26. ^ Casey, Jim (June 28, 2018). "Kip Moore Opens New Rock Climbing & Hiking Lodge in Kentucky". The Country Daily. Retrieved December 23, 2021.
  27. ^ Murray, Ace (April 2, 2019). "OK ladies, Kip Moore might be ready to settle down..." Retrieved December 22, 2021.
  28. ^ Brock, Tiffini (April 8, 2015). "Watch Kip Moore's New Video for "I'm to Blame"". Country Music Bistro. Retrieved December 22, 2021.
  29. ^ Dukes, Billy (April 28, 2023). "Kip Moore Asked Friends to Help Him Through Dark Times". Taste of Country. Retrieved April 29, 2023.
  30. ^ "Nominees - 2015 CMA Awards2015 CMA Awards". Archived from the original on June 30, 2015. Retrieved April 30, 2015.
  31. ^ "Nominees - 2015 CMA Awards2015 CMA Awards". Archived from the original on June 30, 2015. Retrieved April 30, 2015.

External links[edit]