The "New Faces Show," the finale for the 2013 Country Radio Seminar, will take place tonight at the Nashville Convention Center. Each day of this week, we have shone the spotlight on a different performer that was voted onto to the show by their peers at country radio. We wrap up our preview with Kip Moore. It has been a great year for the MCA Nashville recording artist, who has charted back-to-back top ten singles with the No. 1 "Somethin' 'Bout A Truck" and "Beer Money." The native of Tifton, Georgia says he remains struck by the support of country radio.
"I was so happy when I found out. I am so humbled by 2012. I was speechless, to be honest with you. That means a lot to be accepted by radio, and that they see something special in me. I'm very grateful."
He says that playing for the music business crowd is a little different, but he's up to the challenge. "I have played dive bars with five people up to ten thousand people in arenas, and so many different types of people. I've been doing it for so long that I feel I can adapt to any circumstance I am put in."
One song that Moore will be doing for the fans tonight is his soulful new single, "Hey Pretty Girl." He says he is excited for people to hear it. "I am so glad that we're getting to it. I pride myself as a writer. I'm glad I'm getting a chance to touch the depth of this record."
Moore admits to being a huge fan of his contemporaries at radio and the work they do. "I have been very fortunate to make some great friends at radio. I had heard so many stories about what a radio tour was going to be like, and how hard it was going to be – that nobody was going to pay attention. One thing that I found different from what I was told was how attentive they were when I played, and how respectful they were. It was a blast for us, and I'll never forget my radio tour. I made friends that I go fishing with or hang out with. I really made some real bonds, and I'll never forget it."
He also will never forget that first time he heard himself on the air. "I was listening to Sue Wilson at WQMX in Akron. The first time I heard 'Mary Was The Marrying Kind,' it was her. She was an early believer in me."