“A good song isn’t a great song unless its lyrics pierce people’s hearts,” says singer-songwriter Mozella. Her gift for poetic storyteller lyrics set to smolderingly soulful melodies has garnered her accolades as a solo artist, co-writer, and composer of original music for film, television, and commercials.
The LA-based artist grew up in Detroit where she soaked up the integrity and earthy sophistication of Motown, and from her grandfather, imbibed the honey and whiskey jazz stylings of Sarah Vaughan and Ella Fitzgerald. It’s this foundation of artistic authenticity that continues to inspire Mozella’s songcraft. “I always try to dig deep and write from a place of genuine emotion,” she says.
Mozella’s sincerity, distinctive silk and sandpaper vocals, and infectious blend of pop, soul, and jazz have earned her the respect of a variety of esteemed artists. She’s collaborated with legendary Motown composer Brian Holland (of hit songwriting team Holland-Dozier-Holland, known for such soul staples as “Heat Wave,” “Stop! In The Name Of Love,” and “You Keep Me Hangin’ On,” among many others). And, as a topline writer, recent highlights have been collaborating with Dr. Luke and Miley Cyrus on the smash “Wrecking Ball” which hit #1 on the Billboard Top 40 charts and broke records on Vimeo, wracking up an astounding 75 million views in a week. Mozella also co-wrote Fergie’s “A Little Party Never Killed Nobody” with Goonrock for Baz Luhrmann’s The Great Gatsby movie.
Her work as a solo artist has garnered critical and commercial acclaim, a rare feat for a contemporary pop artist whose musicality is refreshingly quirky and vibrantly vintage. She’s released three acclaimed records. Her collaboration with modern music icon Brian Holland, The Brian Holland Sessions, is her crowning achievement, so far. The record was featured in Rollingstone.com, Grammy.com, USAtoday.com, and Spin.com. During that album’s cycle she performed on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno and was interviewed on NPR’s “All Things Considered.” Her broadly appealing aesthetic has allowed her to be a compatible tourmate with such diverse artists as the Dave Matthews Band, Lifehouse, Five For Fighting, and Colbie Caillat.
As a solo artist, Mozella has also had impressive successes with synch license placements. During one 15-month stretch she netted a synch license placement a week. Her songs have been featured on countless television shows, some highlights being The Hills, One Tree Hill, Grey’s Anatomy, Pretty Little Liars, and American Idol. Her music has also become synonymous with commercial campaigns for Mercedes Benz, Nivea, Verizon, JC Penney, Amazon Kindle, Aqua Fresh, Carl’s Junior, Nissan, among many, many others.
As her career branches out and upward, Mozella stays grounded by the ideals of artistic authenticity that first inspired her growing up. ”I do my best to quiet my mind and go to an honest and vulnerable place within myself when songwriting,” she says. “Sometimes it’s not easy to share what’s in my heart without reservation. I just try to focus on creating something that is human. To me that is beautiful.”