Mandy Moore Biography
Music stardom. Film stardom. Will Mandy Moore please make up her mind? Does she even have to? With three films, How To Deal, Saved, and Try Seventeen set for release in 2003, Mandy Moore is also exploring her musical future with heartfelt interpretations of some of the greatest songs of the past with her new album, Coverage. "I feel like I've moved beyond this pristine bubble gum image that most of the world has had of me," she says. "I know people are going to think, 'Who is Mandy Moore and what makes her think she has the right to cover Elton John and Todd Rundgren?' But I am doing it out of love for these brilliant songs and their creative lyrics and melodies."
Mandy Moore's Coverage includes twelve classic pop/rock anthems and ballads from the 1970s and 80s. Adding a soulfulness to Todd Rundgren's "Can We Still Be Friends," putting a Nashville twang to Carly Simon's "Anticipation," and rocking out on Joan Armatrading's rollicking "Drop The Pilot," Moore reinvents the music and herself.
After giving herself a crash course in singer-songwriter, rock and folk music from that era, Mandy, along with producer John Fields (Andrew WK), also unearthed and updated lesser-known pop gems. XTC's "Senses Working Overtime" kicks off Coverage with modern DJ scratches. Departing from the current dance/pop sound, Moore's version of Elton John's "Mona Lisas and Mad Hatters" is bolstered with countrified mandolin and lush string arrangements, while The Waterboys' "Whole of The Moon" achieves a symphonic splendor with a full brass section.
Certain to appeal to fans of the originals, Moore is equally eager to introduce Coverage to people her own age. "I love what they're saying," she says of such artists as Joe Jackson ("Breaking Us In Two") and John Hiatt ("Have A Little Faith In Me") "It's universal, it's timeless, it's done in a way that's not so homogenized. Back then things were a little bit more wholesome; not everything had to be out there in such an abrasive, aggressive way."
Over the past five years, Mandy Moore has pursued her artistic goals, achieving the kind of crossover success most performers and teenagers only dream about. She has released four best-selling albums: her 1999 platinum debut, So Real, which included the smash single, "Candy," and three huge follow-ups; the 2000 Special Edition album, I Wanna Be With You; 2001's Mandy Moore and the soundtrack to her 2002 hit film A Walk To Remember. She has also hosted her own show on MTV, and after receiving the MTV Movie Award for Breakthrough Performance in A Walk To Remember, Mandy is winning critical raves for her refreshing screen presence and impressive dramatic and comedic performances in major Hollywood productions (A Walk To Remember, How To Deal) and independent films (Try Seventeen, Saved).
She has matured from a young blonde pop singer to a sophisticated brunette with a thirst for knowledge and experience, particularly when it comes to her work. "Acting has brought emotional depth to my singing and my voice has gotten deeper, even from six months ago," she says, and there is evidence of that in her intonations on Blondie's "One Way Or Another."
My tastes are changing," Mandy says. "I've just grown up, and I think that's reflected in every aspect of my life, as an artist and as a person." Discovering the songs for Coverage, Mandy says, "I felt so privy to this knowledge of what the music world was like when singer-songwriters completely dominated the scene. It seemed so much more magical then than it does now. It's cool to break it down and get back to a time when it was about the music, not the videos, publicity shoots, and what tests better at radio."
Though she has begun to write her own songs, "it's a hard job and it's something I completely and utterly respect," Mandy says. "As a result of doing Coverage, I have a much broader appreciation for singer-songwriters then and now and I hope to be a part of the club one day."
Right now, however, Mandy Moore is working overtime. Currently in Europe filming a romantic comedy about the daughter of the U.S. President, Mandy is preparing for a busy summer and fall. This July sees the release of How To Deal, a film in which she plays a high school girl who has gone sour on love and in early fall, there's Coverage and the Michael Stipe (Being John Malkovich, Velvet Goldmine)-produced black comedy Saved, in which Mandy plays "the perfect Christian girl who uses her personal relationship with Jesus to take advantage of everyone."
And after that? "My plan is that I have no plan," Mandy admits. "I want to get back on the road, especially with this music. Emphasizing that Coverage "an album with real musicians playing real instruments," is very much a progression in her career as a recording artist, Mandy Moore is confident about the next stage of her musical development. "I just want to be on stage, connecting with an audience, and continue to test my boundaries," she says with a smile.
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admiration | Reviewer: Larry | 6/25/09
I'm a 49 year old male that just recently seen 'A walk to remember'. I remember Mandy's rising popularity, but never had a clue as to her level of talent both song and stage.
I was blown away by the movie. Never thought I would cry over a teenage love flick, but I did.
Both Mandy and Shane West delivered absolute perfection. Mandy's presence in front of a camera, whether singing or acting puts her in a category all her own. I can't praise her enough.
Moore vs. Spears | Reviewer: amanda | 12/29/08
I have to disagree with the SpearsorMoore person. Moore is an amazing actress and 'A Walk to Remember' captured alot of peoples attention both young and old. Not only can Moore sing but she can act as well. I, however am also a fan of Spears and have been eversince I was in 5th grade. Her movie 'Crossroads' was good but not great.. if she comes out with a new film I would be impressed and til this day I still am a fan and love the new material shes coming out with. In my opinion both Spears and Moore are wonderful girls. Moore's film 'A Walk to Remember' gave me a different view on life.. a different perspective. I cried the first time I saw it and there are times when I'll cry after seeing it more then once. Moore has the ability to be a great actress, cause the world we live in today has more opportunities then ever before.
u r favolus | Reviewer: sunita subba | 8/7/08
u kno wat mandy.....i was 15 when i got ur movie 'WALK TO REMEMBER'then i started to surf ur p-age in net but i was lil back to it.now m 17 n i got .n der is no any words dai i can give how happy i am.accrd to me u r really an unbeliveble singer cum actor.i found u best in movie then in ur singin carrier.but u r deplomatic girl .
m frm nepal.hope to c u soon with another gr8 album....luv u...n hug uuuuuuuuuu...muhhhhhaaaa
Mandy... i just don't know what to say... | Reviewer: febrie | 10/26/07
i come from Indonesia... far a way from your hometown right?just wanna ask when will you make your compilation songs...
i like some of your songs,only hope,cry, and i wanna be with you...
hope the best for you lah....
Mandy is the best!!! | Reviewer: Iwona | 4/17/07
Hi I'm from Poland and I don't speak English very good...But I have to say that Mandy is the best!!!I have all Her CD's and I'm waiting for new- "Wild Hope"!!!I love Mandy for Her music!!!Mandy is popular in Poland and I hope that She come here.....soon Bye4all!!!I LOVE MANDY!!!MANDY-THANK YOU!!!
mandy moore is the best! | Reviewer: rafael | 4/11/07
we all know mandy moore, when it comes to her songs she's the best because in every beat in every hum in her song gives people a relaxing play. Mandy Moore, she's good in acting, and i think the best movie she ever done is "a walk to remember" because in that movie people knew how she can do her best in mind and in heart; as she said whenever she face the people in the industry for singing she always thought of something that inspire her for the people who believes in her. In every song she realesed she never failed to ask the help of god. As we all know Mandy Moore never gives up she's always does her best for her people. So I conclude that she deserves everything that is the best.
Up and coming..... | Reviewer: Katherine Ahluwalia | 7/7/05
Mandy Moore has developed from a typical American teenager into someone who I consider to be an excellent role model. Like Christina Aguilera she has broken from the mould of squeaky clean pop princesses into someone who knows her own music and knows herself. She's a great actress and a great singer, she has the best of both worlds. She's daring and will experiment, once again like Christina Aguilera. Christina Aguilera released Stripped and is venturing into Blues style songs and Mandy Moore did covers of older songs. I think Mandy Moore is beautiful, inspirational and has a wonderful voice. I can't wait for her to release newer music...she's made a great name for herself in the movie business and she's made a good name in the music business, it's time to make a great name in the music business!
Mandy Moore is almost there! | Reviewer: SpearsOrMoore? | 4/13/05
Mandy Moore is pretty, a very good actress and a great singer. At only fifteen, she started to rise to the place she is today, almost at the top.
Britney Spears is still the best (in my opinion, of course), but Mandy has some great songs, a lot of them even better than some of Britney´s.
I mean, is there anybody who likes Mandy Moore that don´t love songs such as "Walk Me Home", "I Wanna Be With You", "Cry", "It's Gonna Be Love", "The Way To My Heart" and "Crush"?
C´mon! If Britney Spears can be the best female pop singer in the world, so can Mandy Moore, that´s for sure.
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