Singer-songwriter Kip Moore combines a rustic voice with compelling lyrics to create a unique sound thats hypnotic and edgy.
The boy who grew up daydreaming about life outside the small town of Tifton, Ga., became a man who continues to be inspired by Bruce Springsteen and Kris Kristofferson to paint vivid portraits with his lyrics. He had a hand in writing every song on his debut album.
I am not drawn to the fairytale kind of love, said Moore in a press release. I am drawn to the real-life experiences between a woman and a man.
I try to sing about the way it is, but yet at the same time, what you can hope for between a couple. I dont intend to paint of picture of what its really not.
His music captures some of the contradictions that he grapples with personally.
Although hes from a large family and enjoys musical collaborations and performing onstage, hes an introvert, often more comfortable being alone.
Theres a combativeness to the music too, a fight within, he said. With Faith When I Fall, I know how bad I need that spiritual realm, but yet I find myself on this other end a lot of times.
He was one of six children, the youngest boy. You had to make your own fun, for sure, he said. I had a lot of time for daydreaming. It was a great town, but I dreamed about getting out. I do enjoy going back now.
His father was a golf pro and his mother was a painter. She also taught piano and played the church organ.
Weekends were often spent driving to the beach with his father to fish. He would play a lot of Jackson Browne, Willie Nelson, Bob Seger, Tom Petty and Bruce Springsteen, he said. As early as I can remember, I always gravitated toward lyrics. Even when I hadnt lived enough to understand them, they still shaped me.
He drove to Nashville in 2004 in an old black Nissan truck that contained one bag and his guitar. He immersed himself in the songwriting community, observing songwriters rounds and honing his craft before gaining the confidence to join in.
After four years of performing locally, he caught the attention of an agent. This led to his record deal.