Although she was born in New Hampshire, the family of Amanda Leigh Moore moved to Orlando, Florida when she was just a few weeks old. Her successful and multi-faceted career has so far encompassed singing, songwriting and acting. With an interest in music and theatre from a young age, her first break came when a deliveryman heard her singing and passed on her demo to a friend at Epic Records. Suitably impressed, the label signed the fifteen year old and while recording her debut album she went on tour, first with *NSYNC and then with the Backstreet Boys. Moore's 1999 debut album was preceded by the infectious pop single 'Candy' which although peaking just outside the Top 40 went on to sell over half a million copies in the USA alone and became a popular Top 10 hit in the UK and Australia. In December So Real was released to mixed reviews but still reached No 31 in the States where it was later certified platinum with sales of a million copies while worldwide it sold in excess of two and a half million. Inevitably there were negative comparisons made at the time with fellow teen stars Britney Spears and Christina Aguilera who had both debuted on the charts the previous year, and in something of a backlash, subsequent singles taken from the album; 'Walk Me Home' and the title track 'So Real' proved unsuccessful.
Approximately six months after the release of her debut, the follow-up album I Wanna Be With You hit the shops and although the record only contained a few new tracks with the rest being remixes or songs lifted from the first album, it peaked at No 21 in the USA with the teen pop ballad title track becoming a Top 30 hit in the USA, UK and Canada. Trading on her current popularity it was only a little over a year before her third self-titled album was released in 2001 and despite peaking at No 35 and yielding no hit singles it found the seventeen year old Moore moving away from teen pop material in favour of more contemporary dance tracks including the exotic flavoured 'In My Pocket' (co-written and produced by Emilio Estefan). In 2001 having already made her film debut (albeit as the voice of a bear) in Eddie Murphy's movie Dr. Dolittle 2 she made her first onscreen appearance in the popular Julie Andrews and Anne Hathaway movie The Princess Diaries and the following year won an MTV Movie Award for her starring role in the box office hit A Walk To Remember which co-starred Daryl Hannah, Shane West and Peter Coyote and found Moore contributing several songs to the soundtrack.
In 2003 in an attempt to discard her early teen pop image she released Coverage an album of covers of 70s and 80s songs and while this type of record is common, Moore's personal selection of songs was unusually imaginative and featured her interpretation of tracks by artists as diverse as XTC, Joni Mitchell, Todd Rundgren, John Hiatt, The Waterboys and Joe Jackson and even her choice of an Elton John song found her avoiding his hits in favour of 'Mona Lisas And Mat Hatters'. This hugely listenable album proved to be her highest charting record so far reaching No 14 in the USA despite being her poorest selling and failing to yield any hit singles.
Over the next couple of years Moore's acting career took precedence over her music, and she appeared in a series of leading roles in popular movies including How To Deal (2003), Chasing Liberty (2004), Saved (2004), and American Dreamz (2006) plus voice parts in the animated 'Racing Stripes' (2005) and Brother Bear 2 (2006) as well as guest appearances in the hugely popular TV shows Entourage, Scrubs, The Simpsons and How I Met Your Mother.
Having parted company with Epic Records, and following a brief unproductive period with Sire Records, Moore signed to EMI subsidiary The Firm Inc and made her debut for them with Wild Hope in 2007. Although the album was only a modest seller it still reached No 30 in the USA and received generally positive reviews from critics who praised her desire to establish herself as a serious artist. Further movie roles in Because I Said So, License To Wed and Dedication (all in 2007) followed while in March 2009 she married singer/songwriter Ryan Adams before releasing her sixth album Amanda Leigh which entered the charts at No 25 and once again garnered positive reviews particularly for writing or co-writing all but one track on the record.
Following the established pattern of her career of alternating between music and acting the next few years saw Moore concentrating on the latter with roles in Swinging With The Finkels (2009), Love, Wedding, Marriage (2010), Hotel Noir (2012) as well as supplying the voice of Rapunzel in Disney's Tangled (2010) in which she also duetted with Zachary Levi on the film's Grammy Award winning theme 'I Saw The Light'. Subsequently she became a regular voice actor in the television series Tron: Uprising and Sheriff Callie's Wild West.
Copyright © 2016 Omnibus Press