Moorea Masa & The Mood have announced their debut full-length, Shine A Light, out May 11, 2018. Earlier this year, Masa released the single and music video for “I Can’t Tell“. Check out the premiere of the video and single onPopMatters: https://goo.gl/429bkq.
Shine A Light was co-produced by Jeremy Most and thoughtfully explores topics such as love, loss, hidden pain, and the politics of being a woman. Speaking to the new record, Masa explains, “Shine A Light comes from the depths of a sometimes-troubled childhood and expresses a belief that the unexamined life is not worth living. I’m really sharing my whole heart in this album.”
“This year I’ve really been digging deep into my history, my own learning lessons, and the state of the world,” she continues. “I feel like I took a light and shined it into all the darkness and beauty that I was previously too scared to look at.”
Songs have always been there for Moorea Masa, being raised in the musical mecca of Portland, Oregon. The daughter of an Italian immigrant father and an African-American mother born abroad, this singer/songwriter/guitarist has been making music for as long as she can remember. At fifteen, she was already looking for chances to perform by sneaking into local clubs, where she was lovingly adopted into the vibrant community of Portland musicians. Masa then left to study at the Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts in England, and spent time living in a cave and soaking in flamenco music in Granada, Spain. Returning home to the Pacific Northwest, Masa began her music career in earnest.
Not just writing and performing her own original material, she recorded with El Vy and The Decemberists, sang with soul legend Ural Thomas (who appears on the new album), and toured with Allen Stone. As a solo artist, she’s garnered major praise from Emily King, Corinne Bailey Rae, The Motet, Nick Waterhouse, and many more. Now 25 years old, she has been touring with crooner KD Lang as she preps for the release of Shine A Light.
For updates and more information, please visit: https://www.mooreamasa.com/.
Shine A Light Tracklisting:
02. Be Somebody
03. Ever Moving
04. I Can’t Tell
05. Nature’s Song
06. Don’t Let Me Run ft. Ural Thomas
07. Wanna Be Close
09. Wake Up // Lover Be Found ft. Lo Steele
10. Shine A Light
Upcoming Tour Dates:
w/ Raquel Rodriguez
May 17 – Bellingham, WA @ Firefly Lounge
May 18 – Salem, OR @ The Gov Cup
May 19 – Spokane, WA @ The Bartlett
May 20 – Portland, OR @ Doug Fir (Album Release Show)
May 21 – Eugene, OR @ Hifi Lounge
May 23 – San Francisco, CA @ Lost Church
May 25 – Los Angeles, CA @ The Mint
May 26 – San Diego, CA @ Urban Healing Center
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