Let’s celebrate Kip Moore’s 41st birthday on April 1 with a roll down memory lane at some of his career highlights, both on the stage and at the skateboarding park.
The best thing about Kip Moore is his authenticity: what you see is what you get.
The Georgia native picked up the guitar for the first time as an 18-year-old during his freshman year at Wallace State Community College in Hanceville, Alabama (he was on a basketball scholarship). By the time he transferred to Valdosta State in Valdosta, Georgia (golf scholarship), he was playing college bars and writing his own music. A Hawaiian detour in his early 20s inspired Kip to pursue music as a career (he also developed a love of surfing). So Kip moved to Music City in the mid-2000s to make a go of it.
Kip Gets Some Cuts
Kip’s earliest successes in Nashville came as a songwriter. In addition to co-penning “Let’s Fight” and “All the Way” on Thompson Square’s 2011 self-titled debut album, Kip got a cut on Jake Owen’s 2011 album, Barefoot Blue Jean Night. While Jake never released Kip’s “Settin’ the World on Fire” as an official single, the tune’s title seemed apropos for Kip’s future.
Kip dropped his debut album, Up All Night, in 2012. The album spawned three Top 5 hits, including “Hey Pretty Girl,” “Beer Money,” and No. 1 single “Somethin’ Bout a Truck” (more on that in a minute). The RIAA certified the album as Platinum in 2017 for sales of more than 1 million units.
Somethin’ About a No. 1
Kip’s lead single, “Mary Was the Marrying Kind,” from his debut album failed to crack the Top 40. But that wasn’t the case for his follow-up single, “Somethin’ Bout a Truck.” The tune became Kip’s first No. 1 single on the Billboard chart, and his only one to date. The RIAA certified the single at 2X Platinum for sales of 2 million units.
Kip’s Kids Fund
Surfing, golf, basketball . . . obviously, Kip is an exercise and outdoor enthusiast. But he also loves skateboarding. Kip’s Kids Fund has focused on creating skateboarding parks around the country to give kids an outlet to engage in physical activity. Kip and his team have opened skateboarding parks in Nashville, Boston, Annapolis, and more.
In 2018, Kip and his cohorts opened the BedRock at the Red, a lodge in Rogers, Ky., that serves outdoor enthusiasts like himself. The 1,400-square-foot lodge is nestled among world-class climbing spots and hiking trails. It’s also a great place to create music.