Watch List: Let Moorea Masa Edify Your Soul
There are many sides to Oregon native Moorea Masa's musical sensibility. From gracing stages as diverse as American Idol and New York's The Blue Note, to musical collaborations, back-up singing and vocal coaching, she has displayed an enduring passion for immersing herself in the deeply held desire for musical expression that resides within. At the core of this multi-faceted talent, resplendent in its authenticity, compassion and wisdom, beats a true songwriter's heart who's purity of intent for connecting her and her listener's shared humanity is profoundly moving.
Crafting her acoustically-hued brand of soulfully expressive folk with the kind of aplomb and insight that reveals a keenly self-aware intellect, Masa channels influences such as Etta James, Feist and Iron And Wine with a touching emotional literacy. Her voice a charming blend of silken tonal clarity, luxuriant phrasing and perfectly weighed power and restraint, she coaxes from the listener an instinctive emotional response as she seduces - in wondrous conjunction with the breath-taking harmonizing of backing-vocalists Allison Hall and Margaret Wehr - with her tenderly emotive delivery.
Releasing the honesty, maturity and vulnerability of her 'Oh Mother' EP earlier in the year, she dedicated the heartfelt eloquence, beautifully evocative lyricism and life-affirming power of her poignant collection of songs to a special mentor, saying 'this album is dedicated to Marcia Jean Barrentine, who passed away suddenly during the recording process. This woman acted as a second mom to me and was the closest thing I've known to an angel on this earth... her memory and her spirit is woven into the songs on this EP'.
With such a wonderful tribute, Masa has shown that hers is the kind of talent that reflects the very best kind of creative angels that you could wish to find inhabiting a creative being. Showcasing that which all aspiring artists should venture to embody, Masa's empathy, honesty, love and pursuit of honest emotional communication and expression shine like a most worthy of creative beacons.