"It all starts with a song," Kip Moore echoes in his new 'Burn the Whole World Down' documentary, referencing a quote on the wall at BMI in Nashville. He's a firm believer in that saying -- in fact, it's become somewhat of a mantra for the 'Hey Pretty Girl' singer.

That was made more than evident during a screening of his new short film on Thursday (Oct. 17) in Austin, TX, where fans gathered to get a sneak peek of Moore's forthcoming sophomore album, both through the video reel and via a live acoustic sampling from the singer.

Dubbed the next great American songwriter by producer Brett James, it's not hard to see that Moore's strongest relationship (he's still single) is with his craft -- when he's not surfing or goofing off, the 33-year-old singer is, naturally, writing new material. And it has paid off.

Moore's drive to continue the strong burn that has brought him three No. 1 singles thus far in his career is what he's riding as he enters the next chapter. A new album is expected -- in the singer's words -- "looking hopefully at around April" (that is, of course, if he doesn't write more songs he wants to cut before then).

Fans can expect it to be "authentically Kip," meaning the songs will be in his words, exactly how he wants to say them. 'Kip' being the small town Georgia guy who hit the beaches of Hawaii for some R&R after college before finding his way to Nashville a decade ago, where he was shot down by one shall-remain-nameless record producer and returned with a vengeance, as portrayed in the doc. The singer promises to give said producer a good shove at the 2013 CMA Awards on Nov. 6.

Three of Moore's four singles, 'Somethin' 'Bout a Truck,' 'Hey Pretty Girl' and 'Beer Money,' have topped the country charts, and the red hat-wearing hitmaker is hoping his flame will stay lit into the next single, a slowed down cut called 'Young Love,' expected to hit radio in a matter of weeks. The upcoming album is round two following his debut, a record which Moore says is "much more intense" than the last. Of course, it all starts (over) with one really well-written song.

No rhinestone duds or massive Stetson are necessary for this rising star -- he's southern, rather than country, and forever authentically Kip. "You stick to what's true to you and people are gonna love it, and people are gonna hate you for it," Moore says, opening up to a small crowd of fans.

"And I don't really give a sh-- anymore."

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