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Sweet and whimsical, yet honest and edgy, Moriah Domby’s music is as diverse as the picket-fenced suburbs of the artsy and progressive Portland, Oregon she grew up in. The All-American brunette attributes her eclectic artistic palette to this unique culture combination. “Part farmland, part cultured city, my hometown and heritage greatly influenced my style and passion for music,” said Domby.
With a farm-grown father whose hobby was playing guitar and a music theater-teaching mom, Domby’s upbringing poised her for a career in country music. “My dad was a country boy who played guitar in a rock band as a hobby, while my mom was an actress who taught children’s theater, so I grew up listening to everything from Carole King and Dolly Parton to Tom Petty and Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young,” said Domby.
Sharing her parents’ love for music, she began teaching herself to play piano by ear at a tender age, and making up songs before she could even read. “Ever since I can remember I would make my friends and siblings put on plays with me in our living room, and would play the little songs I wrote for anyone that would listen,” remembers Domby.
By middle school she had received a guitar for Christmas and began honing her songwriting and guitar playing skills with each new chord her dad would teach her. “Every time dad would teach me a new chord, I would get excited and immediately go write a song. My songs went from one chord and the truth to sounding like actual songs,” said Domby.
She pursued her passion and gained confidence performing in numerous church and school activities over the years. “Early on, during a church play portraying the angel Gabriel, I remember being so proud to be part of telling a story on stage,” said Domby, “That was a defining moment in helping me realize what I wanted to be when I grew up.”
Intent on making her childhood dreams a reality, Domby headed to Music City, TN as soon as she turned 18, to pursue an entertainment career and a degree in Music Business & Recording Industry at Middle Tennessee State University. While educating herself on the business side of music and interning at Cal IV Publishing, a top publishing company in Nashville, she also gained first hand stage experience playing the songwriter round circuit at several iconic Nashville venues such as Douglas Corner and The Listening Room. That education and experience lead Domby to take a leap of faith and book her very own first national acoustic tour ranging from New York to LA. “When you’re out on the road chasing your dream without your support system and less than comfortable conditions, yet you still manage to love every moment, you realize how bad you really want something,” said Domby of the experience.
While she volunteered, educated herself and gained experience in the recording industry in Nashville, according to Domby, her hometown is what inspired her unique and eclectic sound, which is showcased in her recently released album, “Winning Me Over.” Domby taps into 90s influences like Deana Carter and Amy Grant on the title-track, the bubbly ballad “Springtime,” and “Try,” a motivating mantra to never give up. While in soothing, feel-good songs like “Picket Fences” and “Baby Girl,” her sound is reminiscent of country bluegrass artist Alison Krauss.
Having penned every song on the album, Domby showcases her ability to paint vivid portraits and tell compelling stories in every carefully crafted song. “’Picket Fences’ is one of my favorite songs off the album,” said Domby, “It’s about one of the most important lesson’s I’ve learned: It’s not about what you’re dealt in life, but how you handle it. You have the choice to look at things positively.”
If she’s not in the studio writing or creating new music with her little dog Peanut, who often sits in on writing sessions, you can usually find Domby in the kitchen whipping up new recipes. Much like her favorite recipes she shares with fans on her website on alternate Thursdays, Domby’s music is sweet, savory and leaves listeners feeling satisfied. With the release of her first full-length album, Domby is sure to win over the hearts of country music fans and critics nationwide. “The title-track encompasses the whole feel of the album: positive, reflective and hopeful about the kind of love that wins you over, little by little,” said Domby, “I hope the album does the same with listeners: wins them over little by little.” Visit www.MoriahDomby.com to try one of her unique recipes while enjoying songs off her new album.