If you’re a young artist, figuring out how to do this “music thing” can be an absolute nightmare. Everyone is pulling you in different direction, there’s the never-ending temptation to chase trends, and at the end of the day, even if you do everything right, what works for somebody else might not work for you.
But if there’s one person you can count on, one artist that you can look up to, one artist that did it the right way, it’s Kip Moore. Kip recently put the bow on 2019, wrapping up over 40 sold out shows across the United States, United Kingdom, and Canada, and if you happened to catch him on his Room To Spare: Acoustic Tour, you know just how special that night was.
Every time Kip takes the stage he reminds me why I love music. He reminds me how important, how powerful music can be. The music industry can suck the life out of you at times and I should probably make a point to catch more shows than I already do. They’re just refreshing, like a reset button for my soul. But it’s more than just what he does on the stage, it’s the things he does off the stage as well.
Last night, Kip shared a heartfelt Instagram post detailing some of the struggles he’s endured getting to where he is now, and an ear condition that he is still struggling with today. One that might eventually cut his career short. But even through that struggle, he continues to offer honest and authentic perspective. Always humble, Kip thanked everybody that got him to where he is today. His co-writers, his band, his crew, his management, his agent, and the rest of his team, knowing full well that it really does take a village to make a career like his happen.
“2019 is a wrap for us. I’ve struggled with ear problems my whole life. Lots of surgeries as a kid and it’s a problem I deal with nightly that’s always changing. I remember working countless jobs I didn’t enjoy at weird hrs so that I could write throughout the day in my early to mid 20’s. I remember hustling to figure out ways to pay the rent, heat, car, etc. I remember showing up to an eviction notice at 23 after my roommate skipped out with months of rent $. I remember being 29 living in a tiny garage apartment feeling the weight of depression that grips us all at times. I remember feeling like a failure when I’d buy into what society told me was successful. I remember everything along this journey but what I’ll remember most is the joy I’ve experienced doing what I love to do. I know it’s a blessing and a privilege. I appreciate every fan that’s showed up to hang with us. I appreciate my management for hustling on my behalf…my agents, my label for their continued faith & trust in me, all the writers that have helped me become the writer & artist I am. I learned how to write doing it over and over with Westin and Dan. I woulda never gotten here without them. We made each other better everyday. I appreciate my promo team for all the miles you’ve traveled for me. I appreciate my VIP staff K$ and Randall rock for keeping my sanity in tact and for bringing daily joy to my world. I love you guys. I appreciate my band, crew, and rockstar tour manager. I appreciate you all because I know what this thing takes and Because I know my time is most likely ticking faster due to something out of my control with my ears. I love you all. Cheers to 2019.”
Thank you Kip. Thank you for being one of the best examples of true artistry left in this business.