Sahara Moon Accepted to ASCAP Songwriter Workshop in NYC

Nov 14, 2018
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Sahara Moon, the 20-year-old musical phenomenon from Little Egg Harbor who wins ears and hearts from the first note, announced this week she is one of 16 songwriters selected to participate in the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers’ Song Accelerator Songwriting Intensive Workshop next month in New York City.

“Getting the opportunity to work with some of the industry’s finest is going to be an incredible experience that I look forward to sharing with you all!” she told friends and fans on social media.

The ASCAP Foundation hosts Songwriter’s Beat, an event founded by recording artist, singer, songwriter and producer Valerie Ghent, on Dec. 8. Joining Ghent will be Billboard-charting songwriter and founder of Creative Songwriter, Alex Forbes.

The workshop, a five-hour session that starts at noon, will include professional songwriting tips and strategies of the music industry and will incorporate live performance. All spaces are filled, and there is a 2018 Songwriter’s Beat/ ASCAP “Song Accelerator” waitlist.

Moon is a member of ASCAP’s performing rights organization, through which she wanted to learn about upcoming events within the music industry. As a songwriter and entrepreneur, she said she hopes to travel to Los Angeles in the near future for ASCAP’s annual conference, the “I Create Music Expo.”

“When I discovered the application for the intensive songwriting workshop on the East Coast, I was excited to submit my work,” she said, describing it as an incredible learning experience she could not pass up.

Moon said she looks forward to being among professional songwriters in a rigorous yet supportive environment; the opportunity will allow her to absorb knowledge and experience from those who have been working within the music industry longer than she.

“I plan to perform one of my most recent works in order to receive feedback and learn different ways that I can reveal the emotion behind the song with just a small selection of words, i.e. lyrics,” she said. She is grateful for the opportunity to showcase her talents as an artist and songwriter and to network and connect with colleagues and peers, and for the support she has received along the way.

At age 14, Moon started writing original music – mostly with jazz and folk influences. Inspired by artists such as James Taylor, Norah Jones and Carole King, Moon keeps her work authentic and relatable. For example, “Please Don’t Wait For Me,” recorded at Clear Track Studios in 2014, is about “how society labels people, especially in high school,” she explained. “It’s saying, ‘Let me be who I want to be; let me grow as my own person.’”

In 2016 she started performing at weekly open mic nights at Tuckerton Beach Grille. In just a few months she was gigging at a dozen or more local venues, showing up at galas, art exhibitions, the Maker’s Festival in Manahawkin and the LBI FLY kite festival. Last year with Manahawkin’s Rock Solid Productions she released her EP, East Coast Girl, featuring her sister Zinnia Moon on vocals and Halley Feaster on fiddle and vocals. The single “Seamless Hope,” with Ty Mares on guitar and Josh Werner on upright bass and mandolin, was chosen for Episode One of the short film “Just Beneath the Surface.”

Today, her style spans genres of adult contemporary, blues and jazz, similar to artists such as Norah Jones, Tristan Prettyman and Susan Tedeschi.

Moon plans to begin working on her first full-length original album this winter, taking inspiration from Judy Stakee, a former senior vice president at Warner Chappell Music, who once said, “It all starts with a song.”

To check out Moon’s touring schedule and hear her songs, visit —V.F.



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