Kelly Moe is an American artist, producer, singer-songwriter & philanthropist. Moe is a biracial member of the LGBTQ community leading to his diverse multicultural background. He has a signature sound that blends his Pop R&B vocals with Electronic New Wave instrumentals. Moe channels a cool vibe by combining unique experimental production values with androgynous vocals encapsulating his raw viewpoint. With 27 studio albums to date Moe has carved out a place as an indi artist with remarkable range in style sculpting his repertoire of pop hits & hypnotic hooks.
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 Madsen Minax in the 2010 award winning documentary Riot Acts: Flaunting Gender Deviance in Music Performance. 2012’s release of Moe’s self-titled 17th 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, Us and the series Atlanta. To celebrate 2013's Pride Month Moe dropped a limited release of the B-side to his 2012 self-titled album release, eventually combining the two into the Deluxe Edition.
In 2014 Moe consolidated several of his independently produced albums and digitally released it as “The Catalogue” and caught the attention of director Florencia Manóvil who featured Moe’s music and production skills on the theme song for Dyke Central.
Moe’s 2015 release of Ego Throughout the Ages showcased electrifying collaborations with Portland’s culturally diverse community of POC & LGBTQIA+ artists. He has distributed 26 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, OGALLA, Trans Lifeline, Q Center, SMYRC & 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. Moe also released the second installment of his music repertoire titled “Catalogue 2." Moe focused on fine-tuning his Emcee/DJ skills inspired by hosting multi-city dance parties such as Slay, CAKE and his party SHADES.
2018 arrived and Moe was driven to experiment with a new sound & influences collaborating w/ an variety of different producers for a YouTube & SoundCloud Exclusive of his 23rd bootleg EP JUST. JUST features hit singles 'On the Record ft. Luisifer' & "Chasing That Look". 2019 was spent in Palm Springs writing his 24th follow up to JUST, titled "Peak" released on Valentines Day 2020.
2021, a year of many firsts with the launch of The Kelly Moe Show, the release of Moe's 27th studio album Valleyspeak and the Digital Album Release Party (Audio Visual Showcase)! This event was co-hosted by Portland's drag icon Poison Waters & DJ Stanley Frank Sensation. Moe is back, showcasing leveling up in music production, directing, editing, photography, graphic design, events, booking, marketing and PR. Moe grew up in Portland Oregon and the San Francisco Bay Area. He continues to live & work across the West Coast.
[Photo Lydia Alderfer]