Mandy Moore Sets Album Release
Primarily co-written by Moore and Mike Viola, Amanda Leigh was recorded at engineer, Ducky Carlisle's modest basement studio in his home outside of Boston and features an impressive and eclectic collection of vintage equipment utilized throughout the album. Sharing many of the same musical influences of artists such as Todd Rundgren, Joni Mitchell, CSNY and Nilsson, among many others, Moore and Viola set out to create a compelling body of work, in which the instrumentation mirrors so much of what inspired and guided the duo from the onset.
The resulting collaboration, Amanda Leigh (Moore's given name), is a collection of personal reflections and insights about life and love as evidenced in songs such as "Nothing Everything," "Song About Home," and "Love to Love Me Back" – the latter also written with Inara George of The Bird and the Bee. Experimentation was also prevalent and encouraged throughout the writing/recording process, as exemplified in the rather tongue-in-cheek, "I Could Break Your Heart Any Day of the Week" – originally a very alt-country sounding demo that quickly took on a new life with the addition of the clavinet, while "Everblue," co-written with Lori McKenna, simarily transformed with the inclusion of the Farfisa and Wurlitzer.
Moore, intent to tour in support of Amanda Leigh - the debut release from Storefront Recordings, a new endeavor between Moore's long-time manager, Jon Leshay and RED Distribution – adds, "I'm connected to these songs and how they came to fruition in a way I've never been able to articulate before. The entire experience was one that I will undoubtedly replicate."
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