ESPN Music: Up All Night
April, 24, 2012
By Lynn Hoppes | ESPN.com
Country singer Kip Moore was scheduled to call in the morning to talk about his new CD “Up All Night,” which is being released today.
And he didn't call.
“My cellphone didn’t go off. That’s what I get for staying up so late,” Moore said, not realizing the irony with the title of his new CD. “I think I finally got to bed at 7 a.m. and I didn’t even hear the phone.”
That’s what happens when you’re hustling around the country promoting your debut CD, with the hit song “Somethin’ ‘Bout a Truck,” which has been viewed more than 6 million times on YouTube.
“I need to make it in country music because I really have no Plan B. This is all I wanted to do,” said Moore, who grew up in Tifton, Ga. “I’m excited and I have some uneasiness. I have some fears too. I don’t want to lose this job.”
This is a departure from where Moore was 10 years ago. In one year, he had a basketball scholarship at Wallace State College in Hanceville, Ala., and then received a golf scholarship to Valdosta State University in Valdosta, Ga.
"Basketball was my whole life until I was 20 years old. All I knew was basketball," Moore said. "Then came golf and I thought that's all I wanted to do then."
Through all this, Moore said, "music was always in the back of my mind."
"I just never thought I could make it from my small town. I didn't know it could be a reality," Moore said. "I started playing music in clubs with friends Thursdays through Saturdays, and I ended up quitting sports and focusing solely on music."
After spending some months with friends in Hawaii, Moore got serious about his songwriting and drove to Nashville in 2004.
It's been a long time coming, but today is finally here.
"I'm treating country music like it's a sport," Moore said. "I'm looking at where my competition is and realized I needed to work on my songwriting. And I think I've done that with this CD. I'm really looking forward to Wednesday ... "