Country singer/songwriter Kip Moore recently visited the Ryman Auditorium in Nashville and participated in an exclusive GRAMMY.com interview. Moore discussed how his father inspired his musical abilities, touring with GRAMMY-nominated artist Eric Church and his debut album, Up All Night, among other topics.
"I've been working on [Up All Night] for the last 10 to 12 years," said Moore. "I feel like the record is a musical journey … it's a very passionate, honest, gritty record."
Tifton, Ga., native Moore's voice has been described as "gritty" and "earthy" by Billboard and has drawn comparisons to the likes of Bruce Springsteen and Willie Nelson. In 2008 Moore signed with MCA Nashville and released his debut single "Mary Was The Marrying Kind" in 2011. That same year he co-wrote two songs for Thompson Square's self-titled debut album before releasing his own "Somethin' 'Bout A Truck." The track peaked at No. 29 on the Billboard Hot 100 and helped propel Moore's 2012 debut album, Up All Night, to No. 6 on the Billboard 200. Produced by GRAMMY winner Brett James, Up All Night features 11 tracks co-written by Moore, including the title track and the Billboard Hot 100 hits "Beer Money" and "Hey Pretty Girl."
Moore is currently in the midst of a U.S. tour with dates scheduled through September, including select stops on GRAMMY nominee Toby Keith's Hammer Down Tour.