When Kip Moore sings about sneaking out and heading to the beach for a romantic rendezvous in "Young Love," he's drawing on real-life experience from his teenage years. Growing up in Georgia, Kip went to Panama City Beach, FL every year on summer vacation. He fell hard for a girl on one trip, and that's where the story that inspired "Young Love" begins.
Kip tells ABC News Radio, "[I] went back home and ended up sneaking out in my car and driving all the way back four hours [to Panama City Beach] to go hang out with this girl for the weekend. Told my folks I was going to a buddy's house."
Though he's now a grown man, Kip can't help but look back fondly on that kind of passion he sings about in "Young Love."
"When you're 16, there's such a reckless abandonment," Kip explains. "You'll do whatever to hang out with that person. You don't think about the consequences. I feel like, as you get a little crusty when you get older, and you get jaded, you lose a little bit of that fire."
The video for "Young Love" is now airing on CMT . It's the lead single from Kip's sophomore album, due out later this year.
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