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Bio: Billy Moran’s explorations into the world of music came in his hometown of Fairfield, CT. At the age of eleven he picked up his brother’s guitar to play along with Adam Clayton’s bass line in U2’s “Where the Streets Have No Name.” The ease with which he picked out the notes and learned the song showed the youngster that he truly had a gift. He began devouring music with a passion, even locking himself in his room until he’d learned a song completely.
Adding to that passion was the influence of Guns N’ Roses guitar great, Slash, whose musical imprint can be heard all over Moran’s playing. Entranced by Slash’s signature sound, Moran rushed out to buy “Appetite for Destruction.” Within a week’s time Moran was able to play each and every song off the album, having learned them by ear.
That attention to detail and the relentless pursuit of perfection have become two crucial tenets to Moran’s musical personality. “I take a great deal of pride in the instrument, constantly seeking new tones and finding other players that inspire me to want to create. I love the feeling I get when I push the boundaries of my own capabilities,” he shares.
With comparisons to artists like Gary Clark Jr. and Trey Anastasio (Phish), Moran has made a career out of enhancing songs. Moran began performing in a number of bands starting from middle school on before starting his own in his senior year of high school entitled Circle of Karma. Before long, despite solid success opening for Godsmack, Circle of Karma faded. Shortly after, Moran joined up with another local band, X-IT, which led to rave reviews and opportunities to open for artists like Wyclef Jean and The Mighty Mighty Bosstones.
But Moran was still restless and was eager to continue improving and growing in his craft. In 2001, he loaded up his things and moved to the West Coast, settling down in Los Angeles. Before long, he formed Lost In Mayberry, a three piece rock trio. One night Moran was reassured he was on the right path, when after a show at the Viper Room, he was approached by music personality, Matt Pinfield, who praised the band’s performance that night.
When LIM eventually disbanded in 2006, Moran was determined to not let the momentum fade and landed a gig with up and coming band, Louden Swain. It was here that Moran truly came into his own, writing and arranging the music for several songs; Carpool Lane, Mrs. Vance, She Waits, Past Perfect, Fifteen, Honey Bee and Help You. The latter was placed on the soundtrack for the feature film “A Little Help.” His relentless love of music lead reviewers such as Music Connection to comment, “Louden Swain demonstrates why the bar for musicianship and song crafting is so high in the “indie” world.”
It’s the future that Moran has his eyes set on now as he continues to step out onto the stage with Louden Swain to bring their music to fans across the globe. “My goal is to connect with as many people as I can with the music I write and perform. Some of the best feedback I’ve ever received after a live performance is when someone tells me that the music I created helped change their life or even saved their life in some cases. That’s such an indescribable feeling.”
It’s all a result of Moran’s enduring love of his craft as he continues his dream to create and to touch others’ lives.