Country newcomer Kip Moore revels in long-sought success

Mon Sep 17, 2012 7:01pm EDT
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By Vernell Hackett

NASHVILLE, Tennessee (Reuters) - Kip Moore arrived in Nashville on New Year's Day in 2004, with a guitar and a suitcase. Appropriately enough, he was driving a truck. Eight years later, his first No. 1 hit was called "Somethin' ‘Bout a Truck."

The single has sold more than 1 million copies. Moore's first album, "Up All Night," debuted at No. 6 on the Billboard country album charts in April. It has since sold almost 200,000 copies.

It's all pretty heady stuff for someone who has quickly become one of the biggest up-and-coming country music acts.

"Every time I step on that stage, I'm loving it. Now that I've had some success, I'm even more fearful of losing it," Moore told Reuters.

The newly minted Nashville star has just joined country music sensation Eric Church on Church's "The Blood, Sweat and Beers Tour."

"I'm depressed when I don't get to do music," Moore said in an interview. "Having to go back to doing something I don't like and am not passionate about would be a tough thing."

Though he appears to have hit it big quickly, the 32-year-old Moore built his career steadily. He started in small clubs near his hometown of Tifton, Georgia, and then moved on to Hawaii, where he started to hone his craft before he realized he had to go to the heart of country music to learn the business.

Once settled in Nashville, Moore immersed himself in the songwriting community, but it took two years to work up enough nerve to share his songs with other songwriters.   Continued...