Here at Outsider, we believe in the power of the human spirit. The spirit that carries us to work through the hard times. To persevere. And no one in Country Music embodies that spirit more than Kip Moore. On the latest episode of Outsider’s “The Road You Leave Behind with Marty Smith,” Moore sits down to dive deep into his gritty journey to stardom.
Moore and Smith speak at length about his career and newest album. The two have known each other for a decade, so there’s no beating around the bush during their wide-ranging discussion. They get right to the heart of what makes Moore tick.
During Episode 3, Moore speaks candidly about the trials he faced on his way to country stardom. Before he became a platinum-selling artist, it took hard work and perseverance to turn his country music dreams into reality. Moore moved to Nashville, Tennessee to chase his passion for music, but things didn’t come easy for the “Somethin’ ‘Bout a Truck” singer. It took eight long years of being dedicated to his craft before the industry took notice of his incredible talent and MCA Nashville signed him to a record deal.
Of course, the pair also talk about Moore’s newest album Wild World. Originally released in May 2020, Moore just dropped a deluxe version of the album on Feb. 12, which features four brand new songs. The country star shares his thoughts on certain factors that played a role in the album’s success, including the COVID-19 pandemic and “the awakening of a country.”
Kip Moore and His Transition From Sports to Music
Before Kip Moore hit it big, he had a long and winding road to the top of the country music charts. Born and raised in Tifton, Georgia, Moore spent most of his youth playing sports instead of strumming a guitar.
As the son of a golfer, he had the talent to earn a golf scholarship to Valdosta State University. However, while in college, his focus shifted from sports to music after playing his first gig at a local Mellow Mushroom. After graduating, he moved to Hawaii and lived the island life for a time before getting serious about music as a career.
In 2004, Moore went all in on his country music career when he moved to Nashville. Slowly but surely, he started to make a name for himself as a songwriter, placing songs with the likes of Jake Owen and Thompson Square. By 2008, Moore earned a publishing deal, but the songwriter knew he wanted more. A few years later, MCA Nashville signed him to a record deal as an artist and it didn’t take long for Moore to take full advantage of the opportunity.
‘Something’ ‘Bout a Truck’ Tops the Billboard Charts
Kip Moore’s first single “Mary Was the Marrying Kind” topped out at No. 45 on Billboard’s Country chart. However, Moore’s career took off following the release of his second single. “Something’ ‘Bout a Truck” released in September 2011, and after a few months it topped the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart at No. 1.
Furthermore, it also reached No. 29 on Billboard’s Hot 100, crossing over into mainstream popularity and earning double-platinum status. Following the success of the song, he went on to have a series of Top 10 country hits, including “Beer Money” and “Hey Pretty Girl.”
Fast forward to 2021, and Kip Moore has toured the world to sold out crowds and continues to make incredible music for his adoring fans. He released his fourth studio album Wild World back in May 2020 after traveling the globe like a “self-described lone wolf,” according to his official website. The new album features Moore reflecting and trying to make sense of the world and his place within it. It may just be his most introspective record to date.
“I don’t think you ever find the true purpose of life, but I’m always searching for that peace and joy of what God means to me and the whole spectrum of where my place is,” Moore explains. “I think with this record, you really get a bird’s eye view of that.”