all photos by Jillian Clark Photography

all photos by Jillian Clark Photography

Listen to debut EP
Shivers (released 2019)

album art by Ruben Rodriguez

album art by Ruben Rodriguez

Carrboro, NC artist Wake Moody plays a strange game: his music - built on old-school R&B, rock, and modern pop - stays focused on good vibes, while the lyrics often deal with something more conflicted. “Most of the songs,” he explains, “are ‘almost-love songs’” – songs where, if one detail was different, everyone would be happy. “So 90% of the situation is great,” he says, “but that last 10%, the deal-breaker, the problem, means you need to let go. But you won’t because the good parts are too good.” Songs like “Shivers” and “Won’t Let Go” mine this territory, though he admits it isn’t always apparent on first blush. “Everyone tells me the songs are feel-good. If it makes you feel something, somehow, that’s all I need - I said what I needed to either way!”

Sonic inspirations range from Daniel Caesar to Lianne la Havas, from Frank Ocean to Earth Wind and Fire. “My childhood was sound-tracked by my parents’ favorite R&B, classic rock and soul records,” he explains, an influence apparent in his band’s soulful live shows, featuring hypnotic grooves and three-part harmonies.

The band’s debut EP, Shivers, released March 15 2019.

(Read more about Wake Moody here)

Other credentials:
Opened for Ruth B, the grand shell game and more.
Past performances at Cat's Cradle Backroom, Johns Hopkins University, Deep South, The Pinhook and more.


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