We had the good fortune of connecting with Moorea Masa and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Moorea, what led you to pursuing a creative path professionally?
I am honestly grateful to say that it wasn’t much of a question for me. I’ve always known that I wanted to do something with music, and it has felt like a guiding light for me in my life. It feels like the ultimate pursuit that aligns my own spiritual journey and my desire to give to others. It’s not without its crippling anxiety, and self doubt but I’m grateful Music has been such a powerful force that I’m able to keep coming back to.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
I’m a musical artist (Moorea Masa & The Mood) and have also sang back up and toured with quite a few folks including kd Lang, Allen Stone, El Vy, Big Wild and more. I think something I really strive for as an artist is honesty and vulnerability in my music and how I present myself. That’s always what I’m drawn to in other artists and what I find leads to deeper connection with myself and others. You don’t have to be a professionally trained musician to see someone on stage and know they aren’t really feeling it. I’ve been through a lot in my life and so I think being able to draw on those experiences and be super out in the open about what I’ve gone through helps others feel less alone.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
Well I’m new to the city… buttt I’m such a foodie and have already been shown some incredible food. Sapp Coffee is some of the best noodles I’ve ever had. I would also take a friend on a taco tour. All the little stops in front of people’s houses that don’t have signs.. those are the best. Also, where I live is a magic little destination spot, it’s sometimes hard to leave! I’ve live in the Blue Dream studios property (Raquel Rodriguez and Sam Brawner) and its literally a dream…! All the beaches and all the little oasis hikes..! 🥰
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
Robin Gordon was my voice teacher from when I was 11 years old. He’s a pastor at gospel church in Portland OR and some of my fondest memories are him throwing things at me when I did good 😂 That’s how you knew you were hitting the right note. He changed my whole relationship to music, and was monumental in shaping who I am as an artist today. He also introduced me to Jill Scott. So there’s that.. Also, my pops. Having a supportive parent is a gift. Many times I told him I might have to get a day job and he was like (in a heavy Italian accent) “Moorea, you need to be singing, don’t waste your energy somewhere you know you shouldn’t be” which looking back on, is an insane blessing.
Ashley Walters 📸