One of Rolling Stone’s “10 New Country Artists You Need to Know”, Hudson Moore is quickly building a loyal fan base across the country with his engaging, self-assured voice, authentic songwriting and awe-inducing musical skills. As an independent artist, the multi-instrumentalist songwriter from Fort Worth, Texas, has amassed over 28 million views on YouTube, over 17 million streams and earned hundreds of thousands of passionate followers across social media — all without the help from a major label.
Growing up in Fort Worth. Listening to country artists with your dad and Motown/R&B artists with mom. How have you incorporated both genres in your own songwriting?
From a songwriting perspective, the authentic, storytelling aspect of country music really guides my songwriting. Songs like “Universe”, “Can’t Waste Whiskey”, “Sand in the Bed”, and “Where City Lights Don’t Shine” — they’re all built around a story, a lyrical hook and can be played just as well on an acoustic guitar in a songwriter round as they can with a full band.
From a musical perspective, I weave in all of my musical influences, from country, pop, soul, rock, blues and R&B. Songs like “Coming Home” and “Bring on the Rain” really showcase my old school, Motown, soul influences.
As a fan of pop music, I usually approach melodies and song arrangements from a pop perspective. My most streamed song to date, “Just Wanna Love You”, starts with the chorus, which is pretty unusual these days. It gets straight to the hook. I try to create as many hooks in my songs as possible. Everything from melodies, guitar parts, drum beats to the arrangement itself — they’re all hooks.
As a guitar player and a huge fan of rock and roll and the blues, I naturally channel my heroes whenever I play the guitar. I think about guys like B.B. King, The Allman Brothers Band, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Tom Petty, John Mayer. These guys have all had a huge impact on my sound and my guitar playing.
Self taught, multi-instrumentalist since age 11. What instruments do you want to learn to play?
I’m still not a great piano player. I can play chords and simple melodic parts, but I have a lot more work to do on the piano.
Being involved from the writing (since age 16) to the production of your songs. What unique challenges have you faced this year having to work outside the (studio) box to release new music?
The hardest part about recording music in 2020 is not being able to be in the room with each other (at least for the most part). Luckily, there are some incredible tools out there that allow you to record remotely. I just did a remote bass session yesterday with a musician out in LA and I was able to monitor what he was playing in real time through an app called Audiomovers. It was really cool. It’s a different way of making records, but it’s actually been a fun challenge and a great opportunity to connect with musicians all over the country who I might not have met otherwise, had it not been for this pandemic.
At the beginning of the quarantine you posted that even the children were going stir crazy. Besides the Hadley & Hudson’s Home Workout (Quarantine Edition), in what ways have you and your wife kept the girls active?
We try to get outside as much as we can. We go for walks almost every night. We take them to the park to run around and play soccer. We recently went to the pumpkin patch — the girls loved that. Luckily, Hadley, our 3-year-old, has been able to go back to school (with a mask) so that has kept her busy, but it’s definitely been more of a challenge this year to keep the girls entertained!
“Universe”. The song has been streamed over a million times on Spotify, as fans made the song part of their lives, their weddings, their love stories. Can you describe the co-write session with Devin Barker, Emma White, and Ben Whisler?
I remember we wrote “Universe” on a cold winter day at Devin’s house outside of Nashville. We were tossing around ideas for a love song and someone said, “what if instead of ‘my whole world’ we said ‘my Universe’?”. I immediately started playing that acoustic guitar part you hear on the record and we ran with it from there. The only demo we ever had of that song was a rough worktape on my iPhone, but the song held up even in its roughest form. I knew from the moment we finished it, it was a song I wanted to record and share with the world. It’s been really fun to see how the people have embraced it.
Releasing “Throwback” this summer. The homemade video for the song that captures your own childhood, 90s country, hot summers, lake days, and bonfire nights. This year you’ve been able to spend more time with your brothers. What are you all planning for the upcoming holidays?
We always look forward to the holiday. My wife and I both are from Texas and come from relatively big families. We each have two siblings and we’re very close with our families, so we love seeing them as much as we can. My older brother, Tucker, has two little girls who are the exact same age as my girls, so they’re all best friends. My younger brother, Preston, just moved back to Texas from San Francisco as well, so I’m looking forward to seeing him and his wife a lot more around the holidays.
Co-directing/editing the video for “Can’t Waste Whiskey”. The song’s message is to soak up each and every moment with the one you love. Despite all the pandemic restrictions, what are some positive Kodak moments that you and your wife have shared?
Our oldest daughter, Hadley, turned three in September, which was a big moment. The other big thing that happened recently is our 11 month old, Harper, started walking! So that was fun to witness.
Your songs have been heard in films, tv shows, and commercials. What are some tips for songwriters wanting to create music for these markets?
Interestingly, most of my songs that have been licensed for TV and Film were not written with TV and film in mind. My advice to songwriters who want to write to TV and Film specifically would be to try to partner with a team who specializes in sync and can help pitch your songs for you. Publishers can help provide “briefs” to let you know exactly what kinds of songs they’re looking for. Try to build relationships with as many music supervisors as you can and send them your new music as you release it. To all the other songwriters out there, my advice would be to focus on writing the best song you can. Your song will find its place. Stay true to who you are as an artist and don’t try to conform to what’s happening around you.
Planning to release new music every six weeks throughout 2021. Where do you find inspiration for your songs?
I find inspiration in my everyday life. My family, my friends, my faith. The music I love. Things I see and hear. Relationships and things I’ve experienced. Inspiration for a song can strike often, but sitting down to finish a song is when the real work begins. You have to show up to write even when you don’t feel like it. Sometimes songwriting can feel romantic, magical and effortless, but for the most part, songwriting is a very tactile endeavor. It’s a numbers game. Anyone can come up with a good idea, but writing and finishing a great song is a whole other ball game.