Moxy And The Influence New Music

Video: “Take Me Down”

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Moxy And The Influence is a band out of Southern California and is comprised of female vocalist Moxy Anne (16 years old from Costa Mesa, CA), lead guitarist Sydney Ellen, drummer Ignacio Barrientos, and bassist Carly Wasserman. The band won a $100,000 music video from a contest by the music talent search agency and the website The contest started on July 15th, 2013 and the submission deadline was December 31st, 2013. The band received a total of 67,000 votes or likes on their original music video submitted in 2013. The band flew to Miami, FL to collaborate with the Director Of Photography for Big and Famous studios – Helmut Montoya. Montoya is known for his works with HBO, Universal Studios, MTV and various recording labels.

Moxy Annes’s father Greg sings opera, her uncle, Mark Mohr, is the lead singer of the reggae band Christafari, and her aunt, Avion Blackman, is a solo World Beat/reggae artist.

Early Years and Training
Moxy began vocal training at age 5, singing backup on Christafari’s “Reggae Sunday School”. At age 7, she provided background vocals for “Songs from the Playhouse” (including background for Crystal Lewis), and at age 12 recorded backup vocals on Christafari’s “Dub” album in the song “Messiah.”

In 2009 Moxy joined the Southern California Children’s Chorus, which gave her opportunities to sing at the Long Beach Symphony Orchestra, the Orange County Pacific Chorale, and the 55th Anniversary Celebration at Disneyland. In 2013 she was awarded the Chorus’ coveted Director’s Award.

Moxy Ann

In December of 2011 Moxy performed in the choir that accompanied Jackie Evancho in the Dick Clark Productions’ “American Giving Awards” which was aired on NBC.

Moxy has grown up around a wide variety of musical styles, but her heart is hooked on hard rock and heavy metal. Her parents met in a heavy metal church known as “Sanctuary.” Moxy Anne developed her rock edge and preferred style during her performances with the Sanctuary Worship Band, which often includes such notables in the industry as David Raymond Reeves (Neon Cross), Larry Farkas (Vengeance Rising, Once Dead, Die Happy), Glen Mancaruso (Vengeance Rising, Once Dead, Die Happy), and Dave Starkey (Neon Cross, Showdown, and Death and Taxes). Younger members of the Worship Band include the sons of Robbie Wolfe (Holy Soldier), Jeremy Valentyne and Brandon Wolfe (Kemical Kill), and Conner Marone (Take No Glory and Autograph).

Moxy Anne has spent the better part of her childhood and all of her teen years leading worship at youth conferences, performing at community charity events and festivals, and lending her voice as background vocals to world-renowned artists.

Solo Career:
At age 14, she decided to branch out and begin her solo music career. She released her first single, “Stand Up”, on December 31, 2011, and it was this song that became the official 2012 Pro-Life Day of Silent Solidarity track and the theme song for Stand True.

At age 16 she began recording her first original album, and one of the songs on this album was nominated for an HMMA (Hollywood Music in Media) Award.

Inspiration and Future:
Moxy’s music is inspired by artists such as Motley Crue, Paramore, Evanescence, Pat Benatar, and Halestorm. Her unique vocal ability and range has recently caught the attention of Orange Country Production and writing team “The Assassination” and Dani Thompson, A&R for DNT Entertainment. The Assassination is made up of Daniel Martin and Corey Bush who have a publishing deal with Perfect Storm Music Group and write for some of the biggest names in music today such as Demi Lovato, Selena Gomez, Mumford and Sons, etc. Moxy is currently in the studio recording her first original album which will be completed at the end of 2013 and shopped to label executives in early 2014.