Nancy Moran
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Webpage: http://www.nancymoran.com
Location: Nashville, TN, U.S.A
Description: Acoustic guitar-based, contemporary folk with a rock 'n roll edge...a cross between Nanci Griffith and Melissa Etheridge.
Biography: "Moran is nothing short of a [modern-day] Joni Mitchell." Gordon Ely Richmond (VA) Times-Dispatch Declared "Songwriter of the Year" by the Virginia Sound Achievement Awards and WXGI Radio, Nancy Moran has recorded 4 solo CDs, including her latest titled "Something Old, Something New," which is her most acoustic record to date, featuring live performances of both old (i.e. previously recorded) and new compositions. Her CDs have garnered her public and commercial radio airplay on 80+ stations coast-to-coast and have landed her on the Gavin Americana charts alongside Delbert McClinton and Joan Baez. Additionally, she has been featured internationally on radio stations in Australia, Canada, and Europe. The Richmond-Times Dispatch called Nancy "nothing short of a [modern-day] Joni Mitchell" and "a force to be reckoned with" while Dirty Linen Magazine says Nancy has "a powerful, expressive voice...stunning." She has performed at universities, festivals and clubs such as Nashville's Bluebird, Washington DC's Birchmere, Cambridge's Club Passim and the Kerrville (TX) Folk Festival. Her fans describe her music as "contemporary folk with a rock 'n roll edge," "a cross between Nanci Griffith and Melissa Etheridge," and "Bonnie Raitt meets Carly Simon meets Billy Joel." What makes Nancy really stand out, however, is her delivery. Her performance is often described as "unpretentious" or "natural, not engineered." And her fans report that she "sings from her soul," and that you can "hear the passion in her voice." One friend recently put it this way: "music like Shawn Colvin, delivery more gutsy like Vonda Shepard." Nancy is quick to point out that you don't need an English degree to listen to her music and understand. "I'm not particularly 'heady' or poetic," Nancy explains. "Music shouldn't be something you have to work at. I use plain english. I write about every day subjects. I spell it out for you...maybe to a fault," she admits. "Some days, I wish I could be more ethereal or nebulous. But that's not me." In 2005, after substituting frequently for two years, Nancy became a permanent member of the acclaimed all-female folk troupe, The Four Bitchin' Babes. Previous members have included Patty Larkin, Christine Lavin, Suzzy Roche, and Julie Gold with special substitute appearances by artists such as Janis Ian and Mary Travers. In addition to her solo and Babes performing appearances, Nancy is also a columnist for American Songwriter Magazine, a frequent key-note speaker at music conferences and events, an NSAI-endorsed music business instructor, and the author of several books, audio series, and courses including, "The Songwriter's Survival Kit," "The Professional Songwriter's Code of Conduct," and "Making and Releasing Your Own CD." In her spare time (yeah, right), she is currently learning to sew! Nancy resides in Nashville, TN with her husband, Fett, and their two cats, Fluffy and Suzie Q. Check out Nancy's website, www.nancymoran.com, for more information and to order her CDs.
Press Release:
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Contact: Nancy Moran Azalea Music Group 615-834-8613 nancy@nancymoran.com www.nancymoran.com Nancy Moran Returns with New CD "Something Old Something New" After Long Hiatus Nashville, TN - February 23, 2006 - Nancy Moran released her fourth solo CD "Something Old, Something New" with absolutely no fanfare when she returned to stage in 2004 as a substitute member of The Four Bitchin' Babes after a 7-year hiatus from performing and recording. Now, that same CD is finally available through Nancy's website, on CDBaby.com, and as a digital download through a wide variety of services such as Apple's iTunes, MusicMatch, Rhapsody, MSN Music, eMusic, and many more. "Something Old, Something New" came together as a combination of ideas: It is partially a live album, with seven songs recorded live during two shows in Virginia with Nancy's trio. It is partially a "best of" CD because it includes some of Nancy's most requested numbers. And it is partially a recording of new material, featuring eight songs that have never been released on CD before. Even the songs recorded at Nashville's Azalea Studios were performed and recorded live--with everyone in the same room playing at the same time--using minimal overdubs only for bass and harmonies. This record is the one that sounds most like Nancy's live performances and is the recording her fans have been requesting for years. "I created the album initially because I had a string of gigs booked with The Four Bitchin' Babes," explains Moran. "I needed a record with the new songs I was playing with them. I didn’t have any other plans for the record at the time. But those shows and this record helped me dip my toe back into musical waters. Now, I'm a permanent member of The Babes and I am finally releasing this CD to radio, the media, and the general public. I guess I'm officially admitting that I'm returning to the world of music." Moran has released three previous solo recordings: "A Little Off Balance," her debut in 1991; "Objects In Mirror Are Closer Than They Appear," her sophomore effort recorded just after moving to Nashville in 1993; and "My Gallery" in 1997, which garnered her radio airplay that landed her on the Gavin Americana charts alongside Delbert McClinton and Joan Baez. Moran quit touring and most music business efforts in 1998, remaining at her Nashville home for the next several years except for a few isolated dates. She subbed for The Four Bitchin' Babes extensively during 2003-2004 and became a permanent member in December 2004. She currently tours nationally with The Four Bitchin' Babes as well as maintaining her own solo career. For additional information or a sample copy, Contact: Nancy Moran, Azalea Music Group, 615-834-8613 or nancy@nancymoran.com. You can also visit her website at www.nancymoran.com. # # #