Kip Moore’s Sweet Celebration

photo by Kendra Gene Motycka

Kip Moore celebrated his second No. 1 hit, "Beer Money," against a backdrop of candy hearts and sweet treats at a late-morning party at the BMI building in Nashville, Thursday (Feb. 14). Kip joined the song's co-writers Troy Verges and Blair Daly in the celebration, which was attended by a large crowd of industry insiders and media.

The party décor and cuisine matched perfectly with the romantic holiday, as jars of candy hearts, chocolates and gum drops were laid out on the buffet table. Guests could also sample colorful red velvet milkshakes for an extra treat. The party got even sweeter for Kip and his co-writing buddies, as they were handed plaques from their publishing companies, the Country Music Association and Country Radio Broadcasters. As Kip took the podium, he nodded toward Troy and Blair and noted, "I've been writing with them a long time. It's special to enjoy this with them." He also recalled the early days of pursuing a record deal in Nashville while trying to make ends meet. "I wouldn't be here without those times," he said. Kip was quick to praise his producer Brett James, who helped Kip land a record deal. "He is what this town should still be about," Kip began, explaining that Brett was more interested in the music than how many Twitter followers Kip had, drawing laughs and some scattered applause from the crowd. "[Brett] said, 'I do not care how long this takes.' That belief in me, I will never forget."

Before the party, Kip met with members of the Nashville media to talk about "Beer Money" along with his upcoming tour with Toby Keith. Kip was marking his second straight No. 1, following "Somethin' 'Bout a Truck," but he steadfastly brushed aside any thoughts of complacency. "I realize how fleeting it is," Kip noted. "By no means am I feeling like it's secure." Kip also recalled that he felt a bit unsure about "Beer Money" reaching the top. "It wasn't looking that way," he said. Kip added that when his manager called him with the good news, "It was a pretty special moment."

Kip toured with Eric Church this past year and will be playing shows with Brantley Gilbert and Toby Keith this year, as well as headlining his own shows. Kip revealed that he learns from every artist he travels with and believes he'll come away from Toby's tour with even more career knowledge. "He's one of the pros," Kip said with a smile, making special note of Toby's longevity. "I'm looking forward to it."

For an inside look at Kip's life on the road, pick up the March 18 issue of Country Weekly, on sale March 11.

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