Moore Than I Can Say 09/12/2009
"I try to come up with concepts that haven’t been addressed, or haven’t been said in the way it needs to be said. I like to sing about real issues that people either ignore or shy away from."
Words cannot describe how I felt when I read about and heard the vibrant and soothing sounds of Daniel Moore. I exhaled a breath of fresh air for the mere fact that there’s still “feel good” music being produced by an artist who wants to take music to a higher threshold. Today, songwriters, musicians and producers settle for the luxuries of contentment even though the standards to create quality music with substance are set too low. As a conceptual and ingenious thinker, Daniel Moore not only raises the bar, he sets the standards to heights most of the greatest songwriters and musicians of our time would appreciate. To be mentioned in the same breath as legends, better yet, to be considered a legend takes more than passion, commitment and a love for the art. It also requires an innovative mind, leadership and the ability to execute. With the accolades Daniel has received throughout his career and being credited for finding the “pulse of the people” as Stevie Wonder, Donny Hathaway, Bob Marley and John Lennon have done, you would think that he has been producing hit records for over a decade. Although he has worked behind the scenes, writing songs for TLC and Ciara; producing tracks for Jennifer Holiday and Sha Simpson; and sharing the stage with Cee Lo and Michael McDonald; Daniel is preparing for the release of his debut album, “Thinking Out Loud”. The title alone gives the impression that we’re going to receive a music experience about a man who is being honest with himself and the listener, expressing his emotions from all angles, and finding a sense of acceptance through melody. Music is therapeutic and I’m betting that this album will give both Daniel and the listener a feeling of relief after embracing the healing powers of harmony. I see a future of prosperity and great art from a man who transcends words and leaves you speechless, feeling his message.
I had the opportunity to interview the man behind the scenes. Here is what he had to say regarding his inspirations, career and the future of music and the Atlanta music community.
Who is Daniel Moore?
Hmm…I’m really a simple artist that believes in the power of good music!!!
What inspires you to write?
I’m CONSTANTLY inspired by writers from all generes of music, Sam Cooke, Bob Dylan, Stevie Wonder, Marvin Winans, James Taylor, Diane Warren, Sarah McCoulgan, etc. Just yesterday I heard a song from Charlie Singleton, “if God were a woman, I’d be a better man..." that STILL has me on Cloud 9!!!
As a song writer, how do you go about writing a song?
Most of the time I begin with a concept!!! I try to use real life scenarios that people can relate too, but aren’t too common. Then comes the melody. Most people wouldn’t believe that I go in the studio most times with a FULL song without having touched a keyboard…LOL!
When and how did you get your start in the industry?
I was in college at the Hart School of Music, where I met my current manager, Linda Casey. She’s Brandon & Brian’s mom from Jagged Edge. So we (Corna Boyz) started working with them and a group called “Anjel,” which consisted of Latoya Luckett and Latavia Robertson (formely of Destiny’s Child). From there I went on to work, write and arrange for several artist and producers from TLC, Rodney Jerkins, Ciara, Jennifer Holliday, and a host of others.
What sets you apart from other artists?
I’m not sure any “one” thing sets me apart from anyone. People say, I’m an “Old Soul.” I think that means, that I’m one few artist left that still believe in the integrity of GREAT MUSIC, and not so focused on just making hits, I love being a musician.
Why do you feel singers shy away from certain topics and/or concepts?
Because the object of the music “game” is to write a hit “record,” not necessarily a good “song.” The safest way to go about that is not to reinvent the wheel, just do what works. Just that leaves an open door for me…LOL. Someone once said, “If you shoot for the impossible, you’ll have little competition!!!”
What other ventures do you involve yourself with other than music?
I have a goal of starting a scholarship fund for students who are ready to become entrepreneurs. Tho I do believe that higher education is important, we can’t deny the success of people like Bill Gates and others that just had brilliant plans and execution. So, if you’ve written a business plan that makes sense, this program would give you the start up money.
How are you helping to preserve the future of music?
Simply by not focusing solely on writing hit records, but writing good songs. I want to put focus back on content and musicality.
What are your thoughts about the Atlanta music community?
It’s my hope that Atlanta will get behind one another to help bring to the masses all the hidden talent that lives here.
Watch the video for Daniel Moore’s “Better”
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