Mae Moore

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Mae Moore
Birth nameMae Moore
OriginBrandon, Manitoba, Canada
GenresFolk, Jazz, Pop
Occupation(s)Singer, songwriter
InstrumentsVocals, guitar
Years active1985–
LabelsCBS Canada/Epic
Past membersMarc Atkinson, Rick May, Joby Baker, Ashwin Sood, Paul Brennan, Neil Clark

Mae Moore is a Canadian singer-songwriter. Her music is a blend of pop, folk and jazz. Her most successful album, 1992's Bohemia, was an international hit, although her other albums have been successful mainly in Canada.


Moore grew up in Brandon, Manitoba where studied art before moving to British Columbia to pursue music. Her first hit came by co-writing the song "Heaven in Your Eyes" (with John Dexter), which would later be recorded by Loverboy for the Top Gun soundtrack in 1986.[1] She then worked with Barney Bentall and Colin Nairne from the band Barney Bentall and the Legendary Hearts, providing background vocals on their self-titled 1988 album Barney Bentall and the Legendary Hearts. She sang background vocals on and appeared in the music video for the Legendary Heart's "She's My Inspiration" song from that album. Her association with Bentall and Nairne paid off, as CBS Records in Canada soon awarded her a recording contract.[2]

Moore's debut album, Oceanview Motel, arrived in 1990. It was produced by Bentall and Nairne, and featured Vancouver-area musicians from both Barney Bentall & the Legendary Hearts and Spirit of the West. Three singles were released including "I'll Watch Over You" which found some success on Canadian radio. That same year she again worked with Bentall, providing vocals on the band's song "Life Could Be Worse" from the Lonely Avenue album.

In 1991, Moore was nominated for a Juno Award for "Most Promising Female Vocalist". That year she travelled to Australia to write tracks for what would become her second album Bohemia. There she collaborated with Steve Kilbey, the lead singer from the popular Australian band The Church, and the resulting recordings featured a more atmospheric sound than her first album. Although Kilbey was producing the album, his ongoing drug addiction resulted in producer Gavin MacKillop being asked to complete the record,[2][3] and Bohemia was released in 1992.

Moore's third and final studio album for CBS was 1995's Dragonfly.[4] It featured her most successful single to date "Genuine", which reached No. 6 on the RPM "Top 100" singles chart in Canada. Ironically, Moore was dropped from CBS just as she awarded a SOCAN award for the most airplay of that single.[2]

Towards the close of the decade, Jann Arden asked Moore to record an album on Arden's label and the result was 1999's self-titled Mae Moore then followed by It's a Funny World, her first indie recording, released in 2000.

In 2002, Moore launched an occasional performing collaboration with folk musician Lester Quitzau. Moore and Quitzau subsequently married in 2002. Together they released an album in 2004 entitled Oh My!. Her most recent appearance is a song on Quitzau's 2009 album The Same Light.

"Folklore", released in 2011, and Moore's second indie release, was nominated for two Canadian Folk Music Awards. "Folklore" is an ode to Canada, an exploration of friendship and for the first time features Moore on the Appalachian mountain dulcimer, an instrument that she has played since the mid-'70s. In fact, "Rain Song" was written in 1979 but never previously recorded. The record features Joby Baker (Cowboy Junkies, Alex Cuba), Rick May, Marc Atkinson, Daniel Lapp and Scott Sheerin.



Release date Title Chart positions Album
August 1990 "I'll Watch Over You" #16 Oceanview Motel
November 1990 "Where Loneliness Lives" #30
March 1991 "Red Clay Hills" #23
October 1992 "Bohemia" #26 Bohemia
January 1993 "Because of Love" #12
May 1993 "Coat of Shame" #11
September 1993 "The Wish" #50
May 1995 "Genuine" #6 Dragonfly
September 1995 "Watermark" #29
February 1996 "Love Won't Find Us Here" #18
May 1999 "Free To Love Me (Warm Song)" - Mae Moore


Release date Title Chart positions
RPM Album charts
September 1990 Oceanview Motel -
October 1992 Bohemia #66
May 1995 Dragonfly #59
June 1999 Mae Moore -
2000 Collected Works 1989–1999
(greatest hits compilation)
April 2000 It's a Funny World -
January 2004 Oh My!
(With Lester Quitzau)
February 2011 Folklore -


  1. ^ "Mae Moore biography". Retrieved April 14, 2009.
  2. ^ a b c "Mae Moore biography". AllMusic. Retrieved April 14, 2009.
  3. ^ "Mae Moore & Steve Kilbey". Archived from the original on April 9, 2009. Retrieved April 14, 2009.
  4. ^ "Upbeat Moore a whole new alternative". Winnipeg Free Press via Newspaper Archives. May 18, 1995 – Page 35

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