Woody Moran was born and raised under the open skies of Texas and Oklahoma, and like the Texas cowboys of old, has always had a restless traveler's soul. He headed out to Arizona when he was 20 to start playing professionally, which eventually led him on to California and a successful career in music.
Having studied violin and piano as a child, his high school involvement with music included snare drum in the marching band, 1st chair clarinet in the orchestra, and he was even awarded a university scholarship for upright bass in the school lab (jazz) band, all while playing guitar and singing in various rock bands.
It is this diversified musical perspective that is revealed in Woody's songwriting. "Woody Moran's songs sound like what might happen if Glenn Fry or Don Henley from the Eagles decided to join Steely Dan," commented one reviewer. "The cool blend of jazz, soul and old school rock, gives all of us "older songwriters" hope that real music is always welcome," said another review.
Woody's first CD, "Tu-Toned Stranger", was the result of a performance at a private party full of musicians at Tangier in Los Angeles where saxophonist Tom Scott was headlining. The response to Woody's brief set on acoustic guitar was epic. Calvin Banks (Roy Ayers, Big Mountain), was especially encouraging and asked if he could be involved in getting Woody's songs recorded. Calvin wound up co-producing the album which included performances by the late T Lavitz (Dixie Dregs), Barry Ledere (Brooks and Dunn), and Grammy award-winning producer Jeff Bova.
Woody's second CD, "A Brand New Situation" boasts guest performances by Mike Garson (David Bowie, NIN, Smashing Pumpkins), Mark Zonder (Fates Warning, Slavior), and award-winning German film composer Volker Barber. Mike Garson loved the music so much that he contributed a previously unpublished piano solo which serves as the introduction to one of the last songs on the CD. With songs like "It Will Come Back to You" which tells the story of how to exit a relationship with a psycho wack-job, and "She's Ready to Play" which Woody euphemistically describes as the challenges of loving a strong woman, Woody has laughingly called "A Brand New Situation" his collection of dysfunctional love songs.
Woody's latest EP, "Sitting In Aztec Chairs" was recorded with a small band of Portland all-stars including Jeff Anthony on drums (Sheryl Crow). The band recorded "live" in the studio. Yes it was a bit old school, but having the band playing off of each other during the performance gives these tracks an energy that just isn't available any other way. Taking a bit of a Bruce Cockburn approach for this EP, Woody didn't try to get songs that fit together as much as simply offer the best five songs from his unrecorded portfolio, regardless of genre.
After charting at #1 an unprecedented 42 weeks on Broadjam's Folk-Rock Chart, Moran was one of five international finalists in the 2008 International Singer Songwriter Association's Best Rock Song of the Year contest with "Tu-Toned Stranger". In 2010 his song "It Will Come Back to You" was chosen for a compilation CD for Adult Contemporary Radio Programmers. Woody's music is available to enjoy on Spotify and is in regular rotation on KCLA-FM in Los Angeles, CA, KBOO-FM in Portland, OR, KMUZ-FM in Salem, OR and in Europe via West Coast Radio Network in France.