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Alissa Moreno

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Alissa Moreno
Moreno Performing in 2021
Alissa Hayden Moreno

  • Musician
  • singer
  • songwriter
  • actress
Years active2000–present
Musical career
  • Vocals
  • piano
  • guitar
  • violin

Alissa Moreno is an American singer, songwriter, musician, and actress. Her music incorporates elements of Indie-pop, Country, Americana, and Folk. Her co-write "Every Day", recorded by Rascal Flatts, reached No. 2 on the Billboard Hot Country Songs charts and earned a Grammy nomination.[1][2] She wrote and performed the theme song, Sisters for the ABC hit comedy, Hope & Faith as well as writing and performing the show ID, Far From Here, for Army Wives.[3] Moreno's songs have been in numerous films and TV shows and have been recorded by many recording artists including John Oates, Javier Colon, Al Anderson, Morgan Heritage, Elvis Blue, and Mallary Hope.


Moreno is a singer, songwriter, and musician best known for her co-write, Every Day, recorded by Rascal Flatts, which received a Grammy nomination.

In 2006 she signed a publishing deal with Universal Music Group.[4] Moreno has written songs with and for Colbie Caillat, Vertical Horizon, John Oates, and Javier Colon, and other recording artists.[5] She has performed at The Opry, Hotel Café, The Viper Room, and the House of Blues, among other venues.[6] In 2014 she wrote the song, Notice Me, for the young adult novel series, Wildflower and Shine Our Light for the 2015, The Road to You, both written by Alecia Whitaker, published by Little, Brown Book for Young Readers.[7][8]

She created and starred in the 2005 short film, Super Chicks,[9] and was the vocal coach to Ben Affleck for his SAG award-winning role in Hollywoodland.

Moreno has released two studio albums and was signed to Vere Music in 2022.[10]


  • 2021 - "Meet Again"[11]
  • 2019 – "Girls Go Hard"[12]
  • 2016 – "Getaway Car"[13]
  • 2012 – "What You're Made Of"
  • 2011 – "Unbreakable"[14]
  • 2010 – "Original Songwriter Demos, Vol. 2", "Every Day", Warner Records[15]
  • 2008 – "In Your Wake"[16]
  • 2006 – MTV Presents Laguna Beach – Summer Can Last Forever, "Next Time", Interscope Records[17]

"Every Day"[edit]

"Every Day", recorded by Rascal Flatts, was written by Moreno and Jeffrey Steele in 2008. [18] Steele sent the song to record producer Dann Huff, who recommended the song to Rascal Flatts. The group recorded it for their Still Feels Good album, giving Moreno her second outside cut as a songwriter.[19]

"Every Day" was nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Country Performance By a Duo or Group With Vocals in 2009.

The song debuted at number 42 on the Hot Country Songs chart dated March 8, 2008, reaching a peak of number 2 on that chart on the chart week of June 14, 2008.

Chart (2008) Peak
US Hot Country Songs (Billboard)[20] 2
US Billboard Hot 100[21] 45
US Billboard Pop 100 85
Canada (Canadian Hot 100)[22] 65

Songs Written for Other Artists[edit]


Year Nominee / work Award Result
2010 "Every Day" BMI – Million-Air Award – Over One Million U.S. Radio Plays[29] Won
2009 "Better" Just Plain Folks Music Songwriting Award Won
2009 "Every Day" CMT Music Award – Music Video of the Year[30] Won
2009 "Every Day" BMI Country Award – Most Played BMI Country Songs[31] Won
2008 "Every Day" Grammy Award – Best Performance by Group or Duo Nominated
2006 "Far From Here" Durango Songwriter's Expo - Write With the Hitmakers Contest/Pop Rock[32] Won

Songs in TV and film[edit]

In 2008, Moreno's debut album, In Your Wake, was released on her label, Pi Records. Her first single, "Far From Here", was the theme song for the Lifetime television series Army Wives.[33] Her song "Next Time" appeared on the soundtrack of the reality TV show Laguna Beach, and she co-wrote the theme song for the TV show Hope and Faith.[1]

Year Production Title Role Network
2022 The Young and the Restless "Under the Mistletoe" Writer CBS
2021 The Young and the Restless "Sweet Love" Writer CBS
2019 Charmed "Now We Fall" Writer, performer The CW
2018 Star "Take It Or Leave It" Writer, performer Fox Broadcasting Company
Music City "Few More Days til Christmas" Writer, performer CMT
2017 Just Getting Started "A Few More Days til Christmas" Writer, performer Broad Green Pictures
2015 Criminal Minds "Sometime Soon" Writer, performer CBS
2014 Seed "You're My Music" Writer, performer The CW
2013 The Girl's Guide to Depravity "I Wanna Rule The World", "In My Groove" Writer, performer Cinemax
The Vineyard "Never Be The Same", "What You're Made Of", "Your Love Writer, performer ABC
I Used to Be Fat "How To Get Happy" Writer, performer MTV
2012 Cheer "What You're Made Of" Writer, performer MTV
2011 What Chilli Wants "Why Not Now" Writer, performer VH1
Conversations With Lucifer "Far From Here", "A Place For Me" Writer, performer NBC
2010 The City "Hey World", "Why Not Now" Writer, performer MTV
First Love, Second Chance "Why Not Now" Writer, performer TV Land
2009 Sorority Wars "Why Not Now" Writer, performer Lifetime
Guiding Light "Until I Figure it Out" (7 episodes) Writer, performer CBS
2008 Degrassi: The Next Generation "Why Not Now" Writer, performer CTV
The Hills "Why Not Now", "Wildfires", "Take My Chances", "Unraveled", "Place For Me" Writer, performer MTV
Days of Our Lives "Why Not Now" Writer, performer NBC
Drama in the Hills "Wildfires" Writer, performer MTV
2007 Newport Harbor: The Real Orange County "Unraveled", "One More Day" Writer, performer MTV
Naturally, Sadie "Why Not Now" Writer, performer Family
Army Wives "Far From Here" Writer, performer Lifetime
What If God Were the Sun? "Wildfires" Writer, performer Lifetime
Engaged and Underage "Why Not Now" (2 episodes) Writer, performer MTV
2006 Laguna Beach: The Real Orange County "My Own Way", "Why Not Now", "Far From Here", "Next Time" Writer, performer MTV
Hollywoodland Vocal coach to Ben Affleck Miramax Films
All In "Why Not Now" Writer, performer Film
Rollergirls "Far From Here" Writer, performer A&E Network
2005 Hope & Faith "Sisters" (theme song: 21 episodes) Writer, performer ABC
From Behind the Sunflower Music composer Film
2004 That's So Raven "You and Me" Writer, performer Disney Channel

Early life[edit]

Moreno was born in Ramah, New Mexico to Drake and Heather (Née) Moreno, who were elementary school teachers at the Ramah Navajo Indian Reservation. She began playing the violin at age two and learned to play the piano at five. She picked up the guitar at age 17. When asked by J.T. Ellison, during an interview about how she decided to become a singer-songwriter, Moreno replied, "I vacillated back and forth between actor and musician, but music came very easily, and it seemed more immediate. I pictured myself reciting monologues at parties, and then I pictured myself playing guitar and singing around a campfire. Music won".[34] She attended Albuquerque High School and earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree at the Santa Fe University of Art and Design.[3]

External links[edit]


  1. ^ a b "BMI Country Awards – Alissa Moreno". BMI. Retrieved November 11, 2019.
  2. ^ "Grammy Award Nomination 2009 – Rascal Flatts". Grammy. Retrieved November 11, 2019.
  3. ^ a b Beck, Ken (May 1, 2009). "Row Writers - Alissa Moreno". American Songwriter.
  4. ^ "Alissa Moreno". Our Stage. Retrieved April 21, 2022.
  5. ^ "Some top picks for what to do this weekend in Durango". The Durango Herald. March 26, 2015. Retrieved April 21, 2022.
  6. ^ "Indie Music People– Alissa Moreno". Indie Music People. Retrieved April 11, 2022.
  7. ^ "Wildflower from Alecia Whitaker". Bluegrass Today. July 9, 2014. Retrieved April 21, 2022.
  8. ^ The Road to You by Alecia Whitaker. Little, Brown Book for Young Readers. July 14, 2015. ISBN 9780316251419. Retrieved April 21, 2022.
  9. ^ "Row Writers Alissa Moreno". American Songwriter. May 2009. Retrieved April 21, 2022.
  10. ^ "Rusty Harmon Launches New Label Company Services, Veve Music". Lyrics. February 10, 2022. Retrieved April 21, 2022.
  11. ^ "Meet Again – Alissa Moreno". Pro Studio Masters. November 7, 2006. Retrieved April 26, 2022.
  12. ^ "Girls Go Hard - Alissa Moreno". Amazon. September 5, 2019. Retrieved April 26, 2022.
  13. ^ "Alissa Moreno featuring Brad Passons - Getaway Car Album". Song Lyrics. April 26, 2022.
  14. ^ "Unbreakable – Alissa Moreno". Indie International. Retrieved February 15, 2020.
  15. ^ Skates, Sarah (October 19, 2010). "Warner Releases Songwriter Demos – Every Day – Alissa Moreno". Music Row. Retrieved February 15, 2020.
  16. ^ "In Your Wake – Alissa Moreno". All Music. 2008. Retrieved February 15, 2020.
  17. ^ "MTV Presents Laguna Beach Forever – Alissa Moreno". Amazon. November 7, 2006. Retrieved February 15, 2020.
  18. ^ Horner, Alanna (July 1, 2008). "Story Behind the Song: A True Lifesaver". Country Weekly. 15 (14): 50.
  19. ^ Thompson, Gayle (October 29, 2008). "Story Behind the Song: 'Every Day,' Rascal Flatts". the Boot. AOL Music.
  20. ^ "Rascal Flatts Chart History (Hot Country Songs)". Billboard.
  21. ^ "Rascal Flatts Chart History (Hot 100)". Billboard.
  22. ^ "Rascal Flatts Chart History (Canadian Hot 100)". Billboard.
  23. ^ "Thriving Roots". Rhythms Magazine. Retrieved April 15, 2022.
  24. ^ "Morgan Heritage - Pineapple Wine". Lyrics. Retrieved April 15, 2022.
  25. ^ "Fozzys - Alissa Moreno". Fozzys. Retrieved April 15, 2022.
  26. ^ a b c d "In the Lounge". Now Playing Nashville. Retrieved April 15, 2022.
  27. ^ "Kelly Sweet - Ashes of My Parsdise". Discogs. Retrieved April 21, 2022.
  28. ^ "Alissa Moreno". Champagne Breakfast Music. Retrieved April 15, 2022.
  29. ^ "BMI – 2009 BMI Awards – Most played country songs". BMI. November 11, 2009. Retrieved February 15, 2020.
  30. ^ "2009 CMT MUSIC AWARDS WINNERS". AC. June 17, 2009. Retrieved April 21, 2022.
  31. ^ "BMI – 2009 BMI Awards – Most played country songs". BMI. November 11, 2009. Retrieved April 21, 2022.
  32. ^ "Durango Song Contest". Sonic Bids. Retrieved April 21, 2022.
  33. ^ Chung, David (July 16, 2007). "KYLER ENGLAND & ALISSA MORENO, LOS ANGELES, JULY 14, 2007". Mobile Beat. Billboard.
  34. ^ "7 Minutes With Alissa Moreno". J Tellison. May 31, 2016. Retrieved April 21, 2022.