Amanda Leigh Moore was born to Don and Stacy Moore on April 10, 1984 in Nashua, New Hampshire, but considers herself a Florida native considering her family moved to Orlando when she was just seven weeks old. As a child Mandy spent much of her time watching her favorite musicals and exploring her love of performing. It was when she was six years old that Mandy first though about becoming a performer. When she and her family saw a production of the musical Oklahama, Mandy saw how much fun the lead girl was having and decided that is what she wanted to dow ith her life. Her parents allowed mandy to pursue her passion by enrolling her in several musical theater camps which solidified in Mandy a desire to perform. Mandy soon began singing at sporting events and garnered the nickname "national anthem girl" due to the sheer number of performances Mandy gave. Little did she know these performances would lead to international stardom...
After one of her performances, Mandy was approached by two men interested in recording some songs with her. This demo Mandy would record landed her a record deal, and before she knew it, Mandy was in the studio recording her first album. As Mandy expressed, "I had no idea where it would all lead-I was just so glad to have the opportunity to sing." Propelled by her debut single Candy, Mandy's first album So Real went platinum and launched Mandy into worldwide stardom. This success allowed Mandy to tour with such popular acts as The Backstreet Boys and N'SYNC. Even with all the fame thrust upon Mandy at such a young age, she managed to keep a level head by keeping close ties with friends and family. Her next album, I Wanna Be With You, also went platinum fueled by the album's title track. After two successful albums, Mandy found herself at a crossroads in her career...
For her third studio album Mandy wanted to break away from the bubblegum pop image she had acquired and show her depth and talent as a recording artist. The self-titled album that emerged from this decision proved to be a poignant, lyrically inspiring collection of songs that wowed music lovers and critics alike. However, the album was not as commercially successful as her previous efforts and in spite of the critical acclaim and fan admiration, many saw the album as unsuccessful compared to that of her pop-counterparts. It was during this time that Mandy began to dabble in acting, taking on small roles in such Disney films as Dr. Doolittle 2 and The Princess Diaries. It wasn't until she was offered the lead role in the film adaption of Nicholas Sparks' best-selling novel A Walk To Remember that audiences began to take notice of Mandy's natural silver screen presence. The success of the film made Mandy virtually the only pop-star to cross over into movie stardom, a feat that both Britney Spears and N'SYNC were unable of accomplishing. Mandy was now able to freely pursue interests in both the film and musical worlds.
Mandy has shown her diversity by taking on parts in films like How To Deal, where she plays a young woman with a horrible outlook on love, as well as Flirting With Disaster [Chasing Liberty], where she plays the president's daughter rebelling against the conformity she has known most of her life by escaping the protection of her secret service agents. Throughout this time in Mandy's life, she has also expanded her musical diversity, by recording the album Coverage. This album was the most personal and beloved project of Mandy's career. In fact, Mandy financed the project herself and kept it hidden from her record label so she could make it on her terms. And on her terms it was made, opting for a 'garage band' type atmosphere, Mandy has taken twelve songs, none huge successes in their day, and breathed new life into them. Receiving rave reviews from both critics and fans alike, Mandy is sure to stick around for quite awhile for her talents will keep her on the music/movie/etc. radar for as long as she pleases.
Mandy Filmography: 2000: Magic Al and the Mind Factory 2001: The Princess Diaries Dr. Dolittle 2 2002: All I Want [Try Seventeen] A Walk to Remember 2003: Saved How to Deal 2004: Havoc Cursed Chasing Liberty [.:.From www.MandyMoore.org.:.]
Mandy Discography: So Real I Wanna Be With You Mandy Moore Coverage <.:.From www.MandyMoore.org.:.]
Mandy Quote of the Moment: "I feel like I've moved beyond this pristine bubble gum image that most of the world has had of me"