Scott E. Moore is a veteran singer-songwriter and guitarist. He's also an accomplished video producer-director-writer and film composer, which he does through his boutique production company WingTip, inc. He works a lot - on a lot of different things: from performing his own music to playing guitar for others to creating diverse high-end video projects for major clients to scoring other people's film and TV work. In 2013 he co-composed and produced 2 hours of gorgeous meditation music for Deepak Chopra and Oprah Winfrey. His business card says "soulful storytelling with pictures and sound," which pretty much sums it up.
Scott calls his sound "Americana Soul." His rootsy blend of blues, folk and r&b - as well as his vibe and chops, have made him a comfortable fit performing in venues large and small alongside a diverse group of acts, such as acoustic blues virtusoso Kelly Joe Phelps, Americana crooner Raul Malo (The Mavericks), jazz artists Tuck & Patti, French pop star Tété, folkies Patty Larkin, Steve Forbert, Melissa Ferrick, roots rocker Rhett Miller (The Ol' 97's) and New Orleans band Cowboy Mouth...and even musical comedic legends The Smothers Brothers and many others.
Every few years Scott makes a record. Many longtime fans and followers feel "Home Bittersweet Home" is his strongest. Recorded in East Nashville with producer Neilson Hubbard (Glenn Phillips, Garrison Starr, Stray Don't Sleep), it's a moody, groovy, and lush-sounding collection of Scott's confessional tunes. The songs are driven front & center by Scott's signature sultry, intimate vocal and acoustic guitar, with atmospheric touches of real strings and steel guitar - all anchored by a band consisting of Hubbard's pop-like keyboards and guitar, Marco Giovino (Robert Plant, Patty Griffin) on drums, James Haggerty (Josh Rouse) on bass, with Scott adding his bluesy electric playing.
Scott grew up in Northern New Jersey in the shadows of New York City (ever see The Sopranos?). His Mom & Dad divorced by the time he was four, and he and his adopted Native American brother and sister were raised by his mother and the woman she fell in love with. Growing up with same-sex parents in working class NJ in the 70s was unique in retrospect, but Scott often describes it as otherwise incredibly "normal." Mostly, it taught him a lot of about love and what really makes a family. His parents are happily still together and were legally married in 2013 - on their 44th anniversary - after working as diligent and and popular activists in the quest for the civil right to marriage equality in NJ.
As a teen, Scott spent a lot of time alone in his room trying to make sense of things with a guitar and a vast and eclectic record collection - complete with vintage R&B, classic rock, new wave, fusion jazz, progressive rock, along with NJ-bred Springsteen worshipping. After noodling around a bit, he got his first "real" guitar (a 1979 Stratocaster) at 14. From then on, it was diligently playing blues licks to old LPs, making noise as a lead guitarist in NJ garages, basements, various Battle of Bands and eventually in nearby New York rock clubs like The Bitter End and CBGB.
During a 4-year stint at a liberal arts college in Pennsylvania, Scott made music mostly for fun. But while studying journalism and creative writing, he started to truly appreciate song-craft and began to find his own voice as a writer and singer. After college he moved back home, where his Mom stressed the need to get a "real" job to contribute to the household. His passion and ambition for music and pop culture landed him an internship at MTV, where he quickly worked his way up as a writer. He eventually moved over to VH1 , becoming a producer-director, winning awards, traveling the world and working with some of his heroes like Daniel Lanois, Bonnie Raitt and others. Meanwhile he kept performing (the local Hoboken, NJ scene & NYC songwriter clubs like Sin-é) and recording (including a botched deal with Sire Records). He eventually left a full-time TV job to make records and tour the US as a modern indie folk artist. He helped support himself through random freelance TV gigs as a "show doctor" at many networks.
In 1998, after getting a little tired of couch-surfing, Scott returned home to Hoboken and started a performance residency/song-writing circle called The Writer's Hang out of the now defunct Liquid Lounge and Goldhawk. It was the first listening room-type show in the area, akin to a living room concert in a bar, where Scott would play once a month with 2 guest friends from the national and local music scenes. "The Hang" became a gig to get, attracting some of the best emerging artists in the country - people like: Amos Lee, Toshi Reagon, Freedy Johnston, Jim Boggia, Jesse Harris, Krystal Warren, Mike Viola, Willie NIle, Dayna Kurtz, Phil Roy, David Mead, Rebecca Martin, Richard Julian, Peter Mulvey and so many more. The Writer's Hang ran successfully for 10 Years, and filmmaker Gillian Grisman ("Grateful Dawg") featured Scott and the Hang in her Sundance Channel documentary series: "Keeping Time: New Music from America's Roots," alongside artists like Gillian Welch and Nickel Creek.
These days, aside from raising a family and riding his bike quite far, Scott continues to produce and direct video projects and launched an acclaimed web documentary series called It's Who You Know (IWYK), with longtime TV collaborator Eric Feldman. IWYK is a series of powerful short films on inspiring and remarkable people Scott & Eric actually know.
Scott continues to make a lot music - as a singer-songwriter (performing house concerts, random shows and even yoga studios), as a guitarist/sideman for other artists, as well as a composer for film and TV with longtime collaborator Rich Tozzoli. He & Tozzoli are also part of a fun side-project called The Deep Dig, with fellow studio musicians Ray Levier & Hank Skalka, which brings its "velvet funk and soul" to classic tunes from the American songbook as well as some of Scott's own tunes. The Deep Dig can be found vibing out local NYC area bars, benefits and have an annual Spring engagement on the magical island of St. John, USVI.
And it's about that time for him to make another Scott E. Moore record… With all the colors on his palette, ideas in his head and tools in his shed, it will undoubtedly be cool to see what he comes up with.