Is Kip Moore country music's next biggest star?

Georgia native Kip Moore attends the Country Music Awards in April.

Story highlights

  • Kip Moore's debut album, "Up All Night," landed in Billboard 200's Top 10
  • "Somethin' 'Bout a Truck" has been certified gold and has sold more than 700,000 digital singles
  • "I try to just speak it like how I felt people would say it," Moore says
The first week his debut album, "Up All Night," came out, Kip Moore found himself nestled in the Billboard 200's Top 10 between the likes of Jack White, Adele, Lionel Richie, Nicki Minaj and Jason Mraz. The late April release landed at No. 6, an impressive showing for a guy who's released two singles so far.
But one of those singles -- a joyous country-rock tune called "Somethin' 'Bout a Truck," an ode to rule breakin' with a girl on the tailgate of a truck bed -- has done remarkably well since its release in September. It's been certified gold and has sold more than 700,000 digital singles, with the video viewed nearly 7 million times on YouTube. For Moore fans, the appetite for more music has been growing steadily for about seven months.
And it couldn't come at a better time for the Georgia native, who's been primarily making his living in Nashville over the last four years as a songwriter with a publishing deal as well as a touring musician, playing bars and small clubs across the country.
"I've been writing about two songs a day for about seven or eight years," the 32-year-old singer told CNN from a tour stop in New Hampshire last month. "(When I moved to) Nashville, it was a move because that's what I really w