MOYA debut album ‘LOST & FOUND’
Out July 2 on Four To One records
On 2nd July, 21-year old Brighton-based singer Moya releases her anticipated debut album ‘Lost & Found,’ on Four To One Records – an eclectic collection of accomplished soul-pop, from one of 2012’s rising new stars.
“The songs are quite diverse but somehow all fit together,” says Moya, who co-wrote all of the album’s 12 tracks. “There’s some summer pop and soul, a few ballads and a few surprises – definitely a song for everyone.”
Highlights include the opening title-track and lead single ‘Lost & Found,’ (out June 18th) which Moya describes as “beautiful and slightly sinister,” followed by one of the album’s finest pop moments, ‘Making Me Fall,’ screaming with crossover potential and featuring guest vocals from Neil Thomas. Elsewhere there’s the soulful ‘Technicolour,’ the first song written for the album, the stunning ballad ‘Walk Away’ and previous single, ‘Telling Tales,’ an understated groove about finding and following your own path. There’s also upbeat old-school soul jams like ‘Lust,’ and radio friendly gems like ‘Waiting So Long’ and ‘Lightning,’ before the album draws to a close, with the piano-led ‘One Breath,’ aLatin-infused ‘Morning Rain,’ and ‘These Roads’ – Moya’s take on “getting out there and experiencing the world.”
Born and bred in Poole, Dorset, Moya grew up on her mother’s music collection, a combination of Motown, soul, jazz and disco: “All the big Motown and soul artists have played a big part in moulding me into the singer I am today,” says Moya. Her first foray into music was with her sisters, in a band they called Trance (“I honestly still think we had it down!”) before joining a Saturday stage school at the age of 6, where she had her first taste of performing. As a teenager, Moya continued to write music and perform at open mic nights, before finally deciding to move to Brighton last year, to pursue her career full time.
After some serious song writing, including sessions in Sweden, Moya released her first EP, featuring the addictive debut single, ‘Telling Tales.’ The track stormed onto regional radio stations up and down the country, and wowed Youtube and The Box regulars with an astonishingly accomplished underwater video, filmed for nothing in a borrowed swimming pool. This was followed by a cover of Primal Scream classic ‘I’m Losing More Than I’ll Ever Have,’ released as part of an acoustic EP, available at her live shows and from her website www.moyamusic.com
‘Lost & Found’ was finished earlier this year, and recorded at London’s prestigious Alaska Studios, where Moya also happened to strike up an unlikely friendship with Wiley. “A few weeks after we met, he tweeted one of my videos and I started getting loads of hits on YouTube,” says Moya. “He told me he’d be interested in recording something together too, which would be amazing.” Moya has also just finished a track with up and coming UK MC Seanie T, out later this year. “It’s good to get out of my comfort zone and music is supposed to push you in different directions.”
Alongside recording, Moya’s also been busy playing live across Brighton and London – a combination of acoustic and full band shows, including an opening slot for Brother & Bones at London’s Borderline. In May she returns to the capital for a headline slot at The Bedford (22 May), whilst this summer Moya will also be making her festival debut at Meadowlands Festival in Glyndebourne (2 June) followed by a slot on the new bands stage at Beach Break Live, South Wales (June 15).
The single ‘Lost & Found’ is out June 18 followed by the album on July 2 and go to www.facebook.com/moyaofficial for free download ‘Morning Rain.’