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July 3, 2014

'Hometown of Kip Moore' signs to be unveiled

TIFTON — Tifton native Kip Moore will be honored with official signs, proclaiming Tifton as the "Hometown of Country Music Artist Kip Moore" on July 19, as the signs are unveiled during a special celebration.

"Growing up in South Georgia, the way of life, it's embedded in me. I draw a lot from those memories," Moore said.

The son of Stanley and Bonnie Moore, the artist is one of six children. Moore has said that one of his favorite memories growing up was lying on church pews with a blanket, listening to his mother practice the organ.

Moore played basketball for Wallace State in Alabama before he transferred to Valdosta State on a golf scholarship. He played at local clubs with a band and wrote songs every day.

"I still didn't really think music was an option. Maybe it was one of those things where I didn't quite believe in myself enough," he said in a previous Gazette article.

Later on, Moore moved to Hawaii on a whim, but after living in a $50-a-month hut for six months, he finally made the decision in 2004 to move to Nashville and give his shot at stardom the old college try.

Four years after that, his persistence and hard work were rewarded when he gained the attention of Creative Artist Agency's Mark Dennis, which led to a record deal with MCA Nashville. He also got a nod from songwriter Brett James, who produced Moore's first album.

"Brett gave me the freedom to find who I was as an artist, the freedom for writing a different kind of thing, a different kind of melody and lyric," Moore said. "He gave me room to grow."

Moore's debut album, "Up All Night," was released in April 2012, and was the best selling debut album by a male in 2012 and 2013. He was nominated in 2012 for both Best Single by a New Artist  and Best Music Video for his single, "Somethin' 'Bout A Truck" by the American Country Awards.  In 2013, he was nominated by the CMT Music Awards for Breakthrough Video of the Year for his single, "Beer Money." And earlier this year, Moore was nominated for New Artist of the Year by the Academy of Country Music.  

The signs will be located on Highways 82, 319, 41 and 125, and coming into the city on both ends.

To contact editor Angye Morrison, call 382-4321.

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