Kelly Moe (born May 25th 1982) is an American producer, singer, songwriter, dancer, actor and activist. Moe is multicultural, biracial and openly gay. He has a signature sound that blends the androgynous voice of Børns, Meshell Ndegeocello and Sade, with the cool vibe of Kimbra and the experimental production values of Esthero, Goldfrapp and Troye Sivan.
For the past two decades, Moe has written, produced, recorded and independently released a series of albums that have drawn attention from MTV's Logo network, The Gossip's Beth Ditto and filmmakers James Westby, Madsen Minax and Florencia Manóvil. Moe gained increased recognition when he starred in Gossip's gender-bending music video for "Listen Up" in 2006. A year later, Westby directed the video for his hit single "Voodoo Engine," which was featured and won Top 5 Best Songs on MTV/Logo's NewNowNext Poplab. Moe also headlined the 10th Annual Portland Lesbian & Gay Film Festival and the sold out 2007 Erotic Ball at Portland’s Crystal Ballroom with his four-piece pop band, Basic Fix. Basic Fix went on to appear in Westby's critically acclaimed 2008 film "The Auteur."
Following the release of Moe’s 11th studio album and west coast tour in 2009 his music was vetted and featured in an exclusive interview directed by Minax in the 2010 award winning documentary Riot Acts: Flaunting Gender Deviance in Music Performance. 2012’s release of Moe’s self-titled 13th studio album was a culmination of his two-year collaboration with Grammy-winning producer and sound engineer Trevor Gates, known recently for his sound design work on Oscar nominated horror hit “Get Out." That same year Moe consolidated several of his independently produced albums and digitally released it as “The Catalogue” and caught the attention of director Manóvil who featured Moe’s music and production skills on the theme song for Dyke Central.
Moe’s 2015 release of #ETTA (Ego Throughout the Ages) showcased electrifying collaborations with Portland’s culturally diverse up-and-coming LGBTQ artists. He has distributed 18 studio albums to date. Over the last 3 years he began investing more energy in fundraising for humanitarian nonprofits with his event SHADES, participating in peaceful protests alongside Janelle Monáe and supporting community causes and social justice movements. SHADES has raised money for nonprofits such as The Community Warehouse, PFLAG: Portland Black Chapter, Portland Black Pride, Cascade AIDS Project, AIDS Walk Portland, the Sexual & Gender Minority Youth Resource Center (SMYRC) and the Sexual Assault Resource Center (SARC).
In 2017 Moe began gravitating towards emceeing and hosting dance parties, which led him to work with Beyoncé’s dance captain, Ashely Everett, at Dogpatch Dance and Yoga in San Francisco. This year (2018), Moe has digitally released the second installment of his music repertoire titled “Catalogue 2." Moe is also fine-tuning his DJ skills as he continues to work with touring dance parties such as Slay, CAKE and his party SHADES.
Moe is filing an LLC for his DIY production company “Kelly Moe Productions” which will encompass his skills in music production, directing, editing, photography, graphic design, marketing and PR. He is currently gearing up to launch his own indie record label. Moe is based in both Portland, Oregon and San Francisco Bay Area.