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Mandy Moore (born Amanda Leigh Moore on April 10, 1984 in Nashua, New Hampshire, USA). After her family moved to the suburbs of Orlando, FL, she took an interest in theater and starred in several local productions. Moore also began performing the National Anthem at Orlando-based sporting events, thus raising her profile in a town populated by music executives and producers. Epic Records took notice and brought her aboard their roster in 1999, hoping to penetrate the teen pop scene with a superstar of their own.

Although she never reached the commercial heights of Britney Spears, Christina Aguilera as well as Jessica Simpson, Mandy Moore proved to be one of the more resilient members of the late-'90s teen pop explosion. Making her studio debut at the age of 15, Moore initially modeled her music after her teenaged contemporaries, a formula that yielded moderate chart success but little credibility.

Moore's debut album, So Real, arrived in December 1999, just several months after the debut releases of Spears' multi-platinum ...Baby One More Time, Aguilera's Christina Aguilera and Simpson's Sweet Kisses. Although the album spawned a Top 40 hit with Candy and went platinum within three months, such success was trivial compared to the overwhelming popularity of teen pop's biggest stars.

Epic responded in May 2000 by releasing I Wanna Be With You, a retooled version of Moore's debut with remixed tracks and scant new material. The title track peaked at #24 on the singles charts, giving Moore another hit but failing to gain her admittance into pop's inner circle.

A proper sophomore effort, 2001's self-titled Mandy Moore, suffered a similar fate, yet Moore bounced back the following year by landing a leading role in "A Walk to Remember", a popular film adaptation of Nicholas Sparks' book. Her first movie in a lead role, although panned by critics, it won her legion of new fans with acting, she eventually won MTV Movie Award for Breakthrough Role.

She widened her range at an early age, however, outshining her pop peers' acting ability with a confident performance in 2002's Nicholas Sparks' book turned movie "A Walk to Remember" and with the album Coverage, prizing mature songcraft above commercial dance-pop. As the 2000s progressed and numerous teen idols struggled with the transition into adulthood, Moore smoothly evolved from adolescent starlet to mature songwriter, continuing to distance herself from the scene that had launched her career one decade prior.

Additional film roles followed in 2003, as did the release of her fourth studio album Coverage [2003]. Which featured covers of songs by Carole King, Joe Jackson, Joni Mitchell, and Carly Simon, the album represented a leap forward for the maturing singer. Sales were low, however, prompting Epic to drop Moore from their roster.
To fulfill her contract, the label released several compilations during the following years; meanwhile, Moore launched a clothing line and focused on her acting career, turning in humorous performances in "American Dreamz" and the indie film "Saved!". She also made forays into television with roles in "Entourage", "The Simpsons", "Scrubs" and "How I Met Your Mother".

Although Moore had originally signed with Sire Records after leaving Epic Records, no albums appeared during her first two-years with the label. She ultimately left Sire in May 2006 and partnered with EMI, who allowed her more artistic control. For the first time in her career, Moore began writing her own original material, collaborating with other artists such as The Weepies, Michelle Branch, Chantal Kreviazuk, Liz Phair and Rachael Yamagata to say a few. She then decamped to upstate New York in late 2006 to record Wild Hope, which received a warm critical reception upon its release in 2007.

Subsequent tours alongside the likes of Yamagata, Ben Lee, Paula Cole, and Vanessa Hudgens helped Moore reestablish herself as an adult artist, and she returned two years later with Amanda Leigh, a reflective album that took its title from Mandy's original name. Co-written and produced by power pop powerhouse Mike Viola, the album was also informed by Moore's fondness for Todd Rundgren, Joni Mitchell, and CSNY.

The album became her career's first highly critically lauded album with Rolling Stones giving it 3/5 stars and The Dallas Morning News noted that "Amanda Leigh turns more compelling with each listen, How great that she left the Britney Spears factory behind."

Around this time, she was married to Ryan Adams on 10 March 2009 in Savannah, Georgia. And divorced on 23 June 2016.

In 2010, Moore recorded songs featured in Tangled [Original Score] [2010] - Tangled [2010] (movie), where she voiced the lead character Rapunzel and in 2017, she reprised the role in the animated show Tangled: The Series on Disney Channel.

On November 18, 2018 she married Taylor Goldsmith.

On March 6, 2020, Mandy returned to music through Verve Forecast Records and released Silver Landings after an 11 year hiatus.

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