Backbeat: Kip Moore, "Beer Money" Co-writers Are Family
John Russell

Above, L-R, back row: Warner/Chappell’s Ben Vaughn, producer Brett James, Universal Music Nashville’s Royce Risser, manager Shawn McSpadden, Universal Music Publishing’s Kent Earls, Internal Combustion Music’s Chris Farren, and Songs of the Corn’s Nate Lowery; L-R, front row: co-writer Troy Verges, Kip Moore, co-writer Blair Daly, and BMI’s Perry Howard

The theme for the No. 1 party for Kip Moore, Troy Verges and Blair Daly -- co-writers of "Beer Money" -- held at BMI Nashville on Thursday, February 14, was family. Celebrating the No. 1 on Valentine's Day was an extra bonus, with the families of Verges and Daly driving up from Louisiana to join in the festivities.

Perry Howard, associate director of writer/publisher relations at BMI, who hosted the event, said "Beer Money" was a great song for radio, a song that made you want to "speed up and run five red lights."

Howard was gracious when talking about each of the songwriters, saying that they were excellent writers and friends who were having their first number one together. He noted that Verges had been at BMI a few weeks earlier to celebrate his No. 1 for Hunter Hayes' single, "Wanted," and he pointed out that Daly had hit songs across several genres, including country and pop. Moore, he said proudly, had the best-selling debut country album of 2012.


L-R: Co-writer Troy Verges, Kip Moore, and co-writer Blair Daly (John Russell)

Internal Combustion Music's Chris Farren was one of the first to mention family when talking about the team that spurred "Beer Money" to the top of the "Billboard" country songs chart. "These guys are like family, and this is one of the coolest number one's I've ever been a part of."

Universal Music Publishing's Kent Earls echoed his sentiment, saying, "This song is special to me because these are friends who have had their first number one single together.

Producer Brett James, who met Moore at the YMCA, conferred family membership upon the group of singers and songwriters, saying, "This is family for me and three of my best friends in the world."


Kip Moore speaks at the “Beer Money” No. 1 party, held at BMI Nashville (John Russell)

James said he heard about "Beer Money" before he actually heard the song. The day before they were scheduled to track the last songs on Moore's album, several people called to tell him that Moore had written what he thought was the best song he'd ever written.

"I didn't believe it, and I told them we were done with the album and getting ready to track them," James said. "Then I heard the song and I thought, 'This is the best song he's ever written.' So we went in and cut it and added it to the album."

Universal Music Nashville's Royce Risser was also quick to praise Moore, saying, "Kip out works our staff more than any other artist I've ever seen. He writes hand written letters to radio and brings them in and says, 'Please make sure these guys get these letters.' I've never had an artist that works this hard."


Producer Brett James speaks at the “Beer Money” No. 1 party, held at BMI Nashville. Also pictured, L-R: Universal Music Nashville’s Royce Risser, co-writers Troy Verges and Blair Daly, and Kip Moore (John Russell)

Looking around the room, Moore said he saw a lot of friends who had come out to help him celebrate, including his band who had been with him since they were touring in an 11-passenger van. "A lot of people helped pull me along when I was ready to go home," he acknowledged. "Brett believed in me and he told me he didn't care how long it took to see me make it. Shawn McSpadden, my manager, told me early on that he loved what I did and he wanted to be a part of it. I will be with both of them until the end."

With two number one's under his belt, Moore is not about to take a break. "You can't for one second get complacent in this business. I'm not a seasoned veteran but I do know that. There is always somebody behind you waiting to kick your butt.

"I hope I'm one of those artists that has a long career, because music is the only thing I want to do. I know how fleeting it can be. Just a couple missteps and you're out. I'm enjoying it and I'm very grateful and thankful but by no means do I feel I'm secure."

In addition to praise from those who work with them, Moore, Verges and Daly were presented plaques and medallions from their publishing companies, the Country Music Association and Country Radio Broadcasters. During the presentations, R. J. Curtis of CRB told Moore, "You are part of a new generation of country artists that country radio can rely on. You are the engine that is pulling the country music train."

Avenue Bank's Cooper Samuels announced that they bank is making a donation of behalf of Moore, Verges and Daly to the Muscular Distribution Association, their chosen charity.

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