Kip Moore Announces Departure From Longtime Record Label, MCA Nashville, Prepares For Independent Venture

Moore was signed with the record label for more than 10 years and released five studio albums in that time.

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Madeleine O’Connell

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March 18, 2024

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Kip Moore; Photo by David Bradley

Kip Moore has parted ways with his longtime record label, MCA Nashville, after working in partnership for over a decade.

Moore Reflects On His Time With The Label

Over the weekend, the Georgia native broke the news via Instagram with a lengthy caption that showcased his appreciation for his time at the label that has been behind him throughout most of his career in country music. 

He wrote, “I’ve been extremely grateful for the opportunity to make records on a label like MCA over the last 10 plus years. They’ve been such a top-notch team and I’ve been so lucky to have had the freedom through the years to do it my way.”

The esteemed singer/songwriter went on to extend his gratitude towards the members of his team at MCA who were dedicated to helping shape his career and gave him the tools to pursue his own unique path through the industry. 

“Promo team…I can’t say enough about the rock stars each one of you are. You work tirelessly and you don’t get thanked enough. I almost stayed cause of that bond alone. Luke, Mike, Cindy…thank you for everything. Forever grateful. Brian & good hair Joe thank you. All the staff behind the scenes…digital, marketing, video, Sarah (Obama)…. I appreciate all you do and did.”

He Released Five Projects Under MCA Nashville

Moore dropped his MCA Nashville debut album Up All Night on April 24 of 2012, which featured 11 tracks all co-written by Moore and included his top-20 single, “Somethin’ ‘Bout a Truck.” He continued to release four more projects with his former label – Wild Ones(2015), Slowheart (2017), Wild World (2019) and Damn Love (2023). 

His newest collection of songs was unveiled May of 2023 and features 13 tracks that were co-produced by Moore with Jaren Johnston (The Cadillac Three). Moore served as a co-writer on every song except for the title track. 

Inside His Latest Collection, “Damn Love”

Kip Moore - Damn Love
Kip Moore – Damn Love

Throughout the project, he tackles the stages of love, heartbreak, and internal battles that often come with the weight of these heavy emotions. When it came to choosing the name of the album, he felt that “Damn Love” was the perfect fit to tie it all together. 

“Sonically, I loved it right away. There were a few changes that we wanted to make, but it had an edge to it right away that fit in,” Moore recently told Country Now and other outlets at the time. “Once I saw the title ‘Damn Love,’ I said, man, this encompasses everything. ‘Damn,’ that word is a complex word and that’s what the song’s about and that’s what so much of the theme of this record is about. So, it was just a perfect climate.”

These songs marked a new chapter for Moore as it acted as his attempt to reclaim his peace in the midst of feeling the constant pressures and stress that comes along with being in the music industry. 

“I think that I was never present because of that fear and fear can be crippling. I think that I’ve learned how to be very present and I’m enjoying music more than I ever have, and playing the shows has brought so much happiness,” he shared. 

First Independent Project Coming Soon

With his recent departure, it’s uncertain where the “She’s Mine” singer will take his career next. However, Moore did reveal that he’s embracing this new adventure by taking the opportunity to work on his very-first independent project. 

“I’m not sure where I’ll end up (currently having those discussions), but in the meantime, doing a record completely independent for the first time in my career has been something can’t put into words. Get fucking ready slowhearts…#6 is coming,” he shared with his loyal fanbase.

Kip Moore will join HARDY as an opener on select dates of his Quit!! tour throughout the summer. His first show with the country-rocker will take place on May 30 in Rogers, AR. 

For a full list of Moore’s upcoming supporting dates as well as his headline shows, click HERE.  

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Madeleine O’Connell graduated from North Central College with a bachelors degree in Journalism and Broadcast Communications before deciding to pursue her studies further at DePaul University. There, she earned her masters degree in Digital Communication & Media Arts. O’Connell served as a freelance writer for over two years while also interning with the Academy of Country Music, SiriusXM and Circle Media and assisting with Amazon Music’s Country Heat Weekly podcast. In addition to Country Now, she has been published in American Songwriter, Music Mayhem, and Holler.Country. Madeleine O’Connell is a member of the Country Music Association and the Academy of Country Music.