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Kip Moore Pens Military-Inspired Tune “Battle Cry”

“I wanted to take it from a different angle,” Kip says of writing the tune.

Rising newcomer Kip Moore may have impressed country listeners by notching a two-week No. 1 song, "Somethin' 'Bout a Truck," on the Billboard country singles chart, but the singer/songwriter recently impressed a room of military members with his tune "Battle Cry" during a stint opening for Tim McGraw at New York City's Beacon Theatre for the USO's Live From the Homefront concert during Fleet Week. Kip penned "Battle Cry" just hours before the performance.

"I got family—both of my granddads on both sides were in the service, and one of them has a purple heart—and I’ve got a lot of friends that have been in the service," Kip says, explaining the song's origins to "I feel like so many of our songs are so 'rah rah' and the soldiers can’t wait to face the wolf at the door and can’t wait to go into battle. I guess that day, seeing all those service people come into town, I wanted to write something special for those guys and take it from a different angle, of how scary the whole thing must be and what fear they must be feeling. I wrote it as honestly as I could, as if I were in that moment and how I would be feeling. The way it came about was we started playing the music, and then it was just about matching the intensity of the lyric to the intensity of the music."

To see a video of Kip's performance of "Battle Cry" at the Beacon Theatre, see Kip's Tweet about the event.

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