Mandy Moore isn’t just talking about making new music anymore — she’s actually recording it. Moore, who first exploded onto the music scene with her debut album So Real in 1999, posted a video on her Instagram on Sunday that shows a soundboard playing back some new music complete with her distinctive earthy vocal stylings.
In the caption on her Instagram post, Moore wrote, “Getting back to it. It’s time. I miss it. I’m not scared anymore. No more excuses. No more allowing someone’s else [sic] insecurities to dictate my relationship to music and singing. Boom.” She continued, “Also- this is just a little demo of something [Mike Viola] and I worked on yesterday… but still, it’s a start!”
Billboard reported some key details for fans who’ve been waiting for new music from Moore. The publication notes that it’s been nine years since Moore last released a full-length album. Her sixth and most recent LP, Amanda Leigh, came out in 2009. That means that for nearly a decade, Moore has focused her attention on developing an acting career, stepping away from recording any major body of new music that wasn’t featured in film or on television.
After her divorce from Ryan Adams was finalized in 2016, Moore spoke to E! News about her career and why she had put music on hold: “I think life sort of put it on the backburner,” she said. “Acting and being in film, trying to do television, has always been a huge priority and it was the thing that—the ball was rolling the most. Even though I started in music, I feel like it continued to give me way more opportunities than music did. Now that I feel like this part of my life is percolating and up and running again, it’ll allow me creatively to focus back on the music.”
Moore added, “I’ve been writing for the last seven years since I put out a record, so I have a trough of music to choose from. I also feel like a lot has happened in the last two years of my life that I want to be able to put into music and it’ll be cathartic.”
Moore’s Instagram clip features her singing the lyric “Don’t underestimate,” which falls in line with the message of her caption and the overall trajectory of her career. As one of the younger pop singers to emerge in the late ’90s and one of the first to make the crossover into acting, before Britney Spears or Justin Timberlake, Moore has always been a bit of an underdog when it comes to superstardom. However, her career has been long-lasting, and it’s earned her plenty of recognition, which she so deserves.
We can’t wait to hear what Moore has in store for the next step in her music career.