Rising country star Kip Moore to visit State College

One of country music’s newest rising stars will perform Aug. 30 at Levels Nightclub in State College. Platinum-selling singer-songwriter Kip Moore, who has hit the country charts with his debut album “Up All Night,” will perform his catalog of songs, including the hit singles “Somethin’ ’Bout a Truck,” “Beer Money” and “Hey Pretty Girl.”

The Chicago Sun-Times calls Moore “one of country music’s most promising new stars” and a “cross between the songwriting talents of Jackson Browne, the grit of Bruce Springsteen, and the twang of a Willie Nelson or Merle Haggard.”

Born and raised in Tifton, Ga., Moore began playing guitar while attending Wallace State Community College in Hanceville, Ala. He made his first public performance at a Mellow Mushroom restaurant in Valdosta, Ga. After moving to Nashville, Tenn., in 2004, Moore met songwriter and producer Brett James, who signed him to a publishing deal. Moore then spent four years honing his craft before getting his big break, signing a record deal with MCA Nashville.

In 2012, Moore released his debut album, “Up All Night,” which is currently still burning up the charts. The album peaked at No. 3 on the country albums chart, while also placing on the Billboard Hot 100 at No. 6. Moore’s debut single, “Mary Was the Marrying Kind,” was released in early 2011. But it was his second single, “Somethin’ ’Bout a Truck,” that put Moore on the map, topping the country charts in late 2011. This was then followed by the release of the album in April.

Moore’s success has continued with the follow-up singles “Beer Money” and “Hey Pretty Girl” each soaring to the No. 1 spot this summer. Moore has also had crossover success, with all three singles making the pop chart as well.

“Up All Night” was the best-selling debut album from any country artist released last year and the first country album released since 2008 to spawn three back-to-back No. 1 singles.

“It’s wild to me that it’s just been over a year since we put out my first album and we have three No. 1 songs,” Moore said. “I’m almost done with the next album and I can’t wait to let everyone hear some of these new tunes.”

Since the release of “Up All Night,” Moore has toured the country, opening for such artists as Eric Church, Brantley Gilbert and Toby Keith. The 33-year-old has received four nominations: three American Country Award nominations for new artist of the year, single by a new artist and music video by a new artist for “Somethin’ ’Bout a Truck,” and a CMT Music Award nomination for breakthrough video of the year for the single “Beer Money.”

Moore will join Lady Antebellum for their “Take Me Downtown Tour 2013,” which will kick off Nov. 8 in Mississippi.