“I want to be stronger. I’m going to be bolder.” Moriah Peters sings these words from a stage in obstinance to the threat of her own anxiety. Concert after concert, audiences are led in a fight against fear with her sophomore album BRAVE as the soundtrack. Almost three years after releasing her last album, the solo artist/actress/influencer finds new inspiration in the anthemic lyric to make her boldest move in music yet.
Her title track reached #1 on CHR radio, featured a version with Reach Records artist Andy Mineo and made way for headlining shows across the U.S., Europe and South America. But two albums and seven years of touring left Moriah with a gnawing loneliness and desperate desire for change. During a trip to Jerusalem, she climbed the mountain after which she was named in search of her new mission, open to leaving music behind for the first time. “My prayer was simple, ‘Where next?’ The revelation I had in that very moment was that I didn’t need to go anywhere, I only needed to turn around and notice who was already there with me.” Peters closed her eyes and saw the faces of the two women who remained by her side as bandmates and friends through the highs and lows of her journey so far. The fear of being alone was suddenly transformed into a vision of future collaboration.
Moriah invited Jesi Jones (piano) and Julie Melucci (guitar) into the writing process and the trio’s chemistry seamlessly translated from stage to studio. “We dreamed without limits or expectations. Our only rule was to write with complete honesty. It was the unchaining experience we all needed,” says Peters of the year long discovery. In January of 2017, the group put on a sold out show in their hometown of Nashville, Tennessee, proving to themselves that their songs weren’t meant to be kept a secret. Each unannounced performance of their co-creations have garnered overwhelming audience response and unsolicited partnerships from pure believers.
Their sound is unconventional and lyrics unapologetic. “As adults, it's easy to get stuck in our own creative confinements and we've made a point to write from an unstructured, childlike place,” says Melucci. “Gotcha,” whose bold lyrics are sung over a playground soundscape speaks to the power of friendship amidst a culture shaped by competitiveness in the arts. Their first release, “Holy Collision” is the bridge between the gospel themes of Peters’ past work and the band’s unpredictable yet classic sonic space. The track, anticipated to release in the fall of 2017, addresses the moments where life feels to be wildly spinning out of control. “It’s in the chaos where we often collide with a Divine holiness that brings us back to solid, steady ground,” says Jones.
After crafting a library of music with the maturity and depth of a band who has endured and anticipated much, Peters, Jones and Melucci prepare to share their work for the first time under a moniker as wild and free as their sound: TRALA. Moriah looks to share their breakthrough performance with her hometown west coastline on the Winter Jam tour this November. “What a privilege it is to be a small part of a great work,” she says. “I hope every person who hears the music that we’ve poured our hearts into feels that same sense of belonging and liberty. My sense is, they will.”