Lush Pop Sounds from Philadelphia. Meet – Jesse Hale Moore

Debut Album ‘Green End’ Out 4/7 Via AWAL/Kobalt Music Recordings

Jesse has a beautiful voice and for anyone who digs on the singer-songwriter who leans toward a Philly soul sound you are going to want to give Jesse a listen. And If The War On Drugs are lending a helping hand you can bet I’ve got a few free minutes for a new artist.

Jesse Hale Moore was born and raised on Aquidneck Island, RI. Moore grew up surrounded by music in a family where everybody could sing and play an instrument. It wasn’t uncommon for family gatherings to turn into jam sessions with guitars, mandolins, and many voices singing in harmony to a repertoire consisting primarily of American Folk standards. Through his adolescence Moore studied piano and voice and was always making music of his own. Artists like Ben Folds and Elton John inspired his earliest songs written in high school, a time when he’d host moody nights of candle-lit musical performances in the living room of his parents’ home.
For the last ten years Moore has been living in Philadelphia where he has cultivated his sound as a singer/songwriter. Early piano/vocal demos caught the attention of friend and fellow musician David Hartley, Nightlands/The War On Drugs, who encouraged him to record the songs in studio. With the help of Canvasback Music/Atlantic Records and with Hartley producing Jesse was able to record his first two singles ‘Every Time’ and ‘Holding A Sign’ which came out in the Fall of 2015. The following year was spent playing shows in Philadelphia and New York while recording new music. His self-produced debut album, ‘Green End,’ is named for the Avenue where his grandparents lived, which was a house he spent a lot of time in as a child. Jesse Hale Moore will release ‘Green End’ independently through AWAL/Kobalt Music Recordings.

Moore is inspired by the textures and space at play in music by artists like Sade and Rhye and he aims for a sound that stands the test of time. Other influences include Hall and Oates, Carole King, Roberta Flack, and Beck. His first album is an intimate introduction to an artist who is ready to carve out a space of his own within the world of classic American songwriters.

Meet – Jesse Hale Moore
For those unfamiliar with your music, can you can you give us a little of your back history?

I grew up on an island in a musical family. I credit my mom for helping me develop a real passion for music and music performance. She’s a retired music educator who taught in the public school system for over thirty years! My relationship with piano and voice began classically but at some point as a teen I became more interested in writing my own songs. I spent a lot of time over the years focusing on playing with others and developing as an artist within a community of musicians in Philadelphia. This community really helped me develop my voice and the kind of music I wanted to write. A couple of years ago I finally started putting myself out there as a solo artist and am now ramping up to the release of my first full length album, ‘Green End’, which comes out in April.

Who would you list as your musical influence?

Honestly, my greatest musical influences have been the teachers and mentors I’ve been lucky to know throughout my life. Without them I don’t think I would have found the confidence to do what I’m doing. Shout out to public school art and music programs and the teachers who give them life!

What’s the coolest thing that’s happened to you since you started up?

Definitely recording my first album. It was such a long time coming. I recorded with my friends Todd Erk (Hoots and Hellmouth), Craig Hendrix (Japanese Breakfast, The Dove and The Wolf), Andrew Collberg (Golden Boots), and Jaron Olevsky (Amos Lee) in Upstate NY at an amazing studio called The Outlier Inn. Josh Druckman runs the space and engineered the record. Retreat recording is a dream and I was so lucky to go into the woods with my friends and make music with them. This experience also connected me to Javier Arau, who arranged beautiful string parts for the record, Anthony Molina, the man behind the mix, and Joe Lambert, who mastered the whole thing . It really takes a village and all of these people contributed so much to the process and that is definitely the coolest thing that’s happened since I got started.

What are your hopes and dreams as a musician for the next few years?

I hope to travel and to play music for as many people as possible. I dream of diverse collaborations through music where I am challenged as an artist and performer. I currently work two jobs (that I love) on top of being a musician. Over the next few years I hope to find the stability to focus all of my time on my art.

What are some of your favorite albums from the past few years?

In no particular order…. Angel Olsen ‘My Woman’, The War On Drugs ‘Lost In The Dream’, Kadhja Bonet ‘TheVisitor’, Sharon Van Etten ‘Are We There’, Perfume Genius ‘Too Bright’, Solange ‘A Seat At The Table’, Julie Byrne ‘Not Even Happiness’, Eliza Hardy Jones ‘Because Become’, Noura Mint Seymali ‘Arbina’

Do you see any real use for social media, or is it all just a pain in the ass to keep with?

I see all kinds of real uses for social media but none of them come all that naturally to me. I’d say the platform I enjoy the most is Instagram because I like taking and sharing pictures. I’ll admit that sometimes keeping up with social media is a pain in the ass but I recognize it’s value and so I make an effort to engage.

Do you pay attention to reviews or comments from people about your music or do you just turn that noise off?

At this stage in my career the majority of reviews and comments I receive are coming from people who like what I’m doing. Positive feed back like that is so uplifting and encouraging. I know that won’t always be the case but for now it’s something I pay attention to and derive a lot of strength from.

? If you could tour anywhere in the world, where would you want to go?

Everywhere! I want to see the whole world. I don’t think I can choose one place. It’s such a rush to take your music out on the road and any opportunity to do so (especially abroad) is amazing to me.

Can music save the mortal soul or is just a good backbeat to your life?


Any last thoughts for your fans?

Resist hate! But also, if you’re reading this that means you read the whole interview and that means a lot to me, so thank you! I hope to play some music for you in the near future.

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Co-founder of 50thirdand3rd, stepped away to spend time with family and write. From Pittsburgh, now in Florida, Cool Canadian artist wife, 4 great kids, and two granddaughters!! I'm a lucky guy!

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