Mandy Moore's 'Wild Hope' In Stores May 8

New Album Features Moore's Songwriting Debut and Will Be Released Via The

Firm Music/EMI Partnership

Jan 31, 2007, 00:00 ET from The Firm Music

    NEW YORK, Jan. 31 /PRNewswire/ -- Mandy Moore will release her new,
 highly anticipated album, "Wild Hope," on May 8 via the innovative
 partnership between The Firm Music and EMI Distribution.
     Recorded at Allaire Studios in Woodstock, NY and produced by John
 Alagia (John Mayer, Dave Matthews, Liz Phair), "Wild Hope" epitomizes a
 labor of love and showcases Moore's foray into songwriting. In
 collaboration with a slew of critically acclaimed singer-songwriters such
 as Rachael Yamagata, The Weepies, and Lori McKenna, among others, the
 result of this two year endeavor is an organic, folk album with pop
 sensibilities boasting beautifully constructed melodies, compelling vocals
 and sophisticated lyrical content.
     "Wild Hope," clearly influenced by consummate artists such as Joni
 Mitchell and Fleetwood Mac, commences with the striking song,
 "Extraordinary," a collaboration with indie pop-folk duo, The Weepies and
 concludes with the breathtaking ballad, "Gardenia," co-written by Chantal
 Kreviazuk. Moore penned songs like the upbeat "All Good Things," also with
 The Weepies, the revealing "Most of Me" with Lori McKenna and "Ladies
 Choice" -- a steadfast & symphonious anthem -- with Rachael Yamagata.
     "Making this record has been the most exciting and fulfilling creative
 experience of my life," Moore explains. "I knew exactly what type of album
 I wanted to make & firmly held my ground." She continues, "It is therefore
 especially rewarding to be part of a venture in which artistic freedom is
 encouraged," Moore proudly states in reference to the progressive label
 deal designed to better benefit artists, while affording them substantial
 creative input.
     In July 2006, entertainment talent management company The Firm and EMI
 North America announced the launch of Firm Music, a unique artist-friendly
 venture, which has taken the unprecedented step of splitting all revenues
 with artists signed to the company rather than the traditional royalty
 structure. EMI will distribute Firm Music in the U.S., and has licensing
 rights for the rest of the world.
     Moore, a multi-talent who has already achieved an impressive level of
 crossover success, will also appear in multiple films this year co-starring
 with the likes of Diane Keaton, Robin Williams and Billy Crudup, among
 other esteemed actors.

SOURCE The Firm Music