Kip Moore

Kip Moore

Stephen Shepherd

The past couple of years have seen plenty of things for Kip Moore to write home about. He has enjoyed success with three straight hits, "Something 'Bout A Truck," "Beer Money," and his latest "Hey, Pretty Girl." Moore and his label, MCA Nashville, celebrated his success this past week during a party at Nashville's Flying Saucer.

In addressing the media, Moore said one of the most gratifying parts of his success was getting to share the spotlight with his friends, such as Dan Couch, who co-wrote the song. 

"The best thing about it is that I get to share it with a guy who believed in me so much, and I him," the Georgia native reflected. "He didn't have a publishing deal when we wrote this song, and then some offers came in. He chose to stay strong, and keep all of his publishing. I learned so much from him on how to treat people," said the singer. 

Moore was excited to announce that he would soon have his sophomore album ready. "We're going in to finish the record this week. Now, we're just trying to figure out what we want to come with first," he said. He said moving on to another album brought about a multitude of emotions, but it's time. "It makes me sad – kind of – because there's so many songs that I love on this record," he confided, "but it's time to jump on it. I've been sitting on a new body of work that I'm itching for people to hear."

Look for contributions from many of the songwriters from his debut – especially Couch. "We've got about four tracks on the album right now. That's not going to change. We've got a brotherhood. I don't care how much success grows, or how many writers come at me from different angles, we'll always be on these records together."

He did say the new disc would be from a different perspective than his debut. After all, he reasons he's got more to write about. "The first album was a very nostalgic, looking back – type record. At that point, I was drawing on the past – all the things I've been through. With the new record, my life has changed, and I'm seeing things that I have never seen, it's more in the present. It's much more intense – sonically and lyrically," he admits. 

Is there pressure to make sure his second album is as full of hits as his first effort? You better believe it, he says. "Before, there was nothing to measure me up to. Now, with the success of the first album, there's a bar to measure. There will be some that will want to attack it. But, it's going to be such a different record. You can't please everybody, and I never will be able to."

Moore says that the studio experience is something that he relishes. "I love that part of it. I'm very much hands on. I think through all the parts, and hear them in my head. That's the fun part for me – where I get to cut loose and have a good time. It's stressful, but is also a big relief for me. I thrive on that part of the game."

The singer has been opening for Toby Keith this year, and will soon kick off a leg on Lady Antebellum's "Take Me Downtown" tour. With the upcoming announcement of the CMA Awards nominees on September 10, is Moore thinking about possibly being nominated for a category or two? "I'm not allowing myself to think one bit about that," he says. "There are things that are out of your control, and there's nothing I can do about it. If I get nominated, that's awesome. If I don't, I'll be ok. I can't let that determine my happiness or my self-worth in this business. For me, it's all about the fans, playing the shows, and carrying the people around you who have always believed in you."