Back in 2016, Kip Moore was part of an all-star show for Smokey Robinson, where Smokey was honored as the King of Song at a Gershwin Prize Tribute concert.
Kip sang “I Second That Emotion,” the 1967 song written by Smokey and Al Cleveland that eventually peaked at#4 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 chart.
Though it first charted as a hit for Smokey Robinson and the Miracles, it was later released as a single for the group duet by Diana Ross & the Supremes and The Temptations, and their version peaked at #18 on UK charts.
When Kip took the stage here, he introduced the song by talking a little bit about what Smokey’s music meant to his family growing up:
“I just wanna say that Smokey brought so much joy and love to my household as a little kid growing up, so it’s such an honor to be here and do this tonight.”
Of course, he puts his own little spin on the production, but it’s an incredible cover that, of course, I’d love to get a studio version of one day. His voice sounds amazing on such a soulful song like this.
The sound is a little out of sync with his mouth in the video, but it’s just too damn good not to share:
Other performers at the show that night included Aloe Blacc, Gallant, Berry Gordy, CeeLo Green, JoJo, Ledisi, Tegan Marie, The Tenors and BeBe Winans.