Zoe Moreton records first solo album

Zoe Moreton, who has been in the Kitsap music scene most of her life, recently recorded her first solo album “Now” at London Bridge Studio in Seattle.

Moreton, 18, started her career at age 11 with her first band ”Blacklight.”

“We mostly did covers, but we got to perform all over so that was really fun,” Moreton said.

At 15, Moreton attended and studied music at West Sound Academy in Poulsbo, where she learned to work exclusively with other musicians, including other locals like Skinny Blue and Kara Hesse.

“The program at West Sound was really hands-on and allowed me to really see how professional musicians work with each other,” Moreton said.

Over the last four years, Moreton has performed at Slippery Pig Brewing on Thursday nights for its Blues and Brews events. Audiences may have seen Moreton perform Aug. 10 at the Slippery Pig as part of the Kitsap County Battle of the Bands competition.

Like a true Pacific Northwest musician, Moreton’s musical influences stem from the alternative and grunge rock scene, with a little bit of a pop included.

“ I grew up listening to Pearl Jam and Soundgarden, so they are huge influences in my music. I also am a big fan of Pink and just the power she has as a performer,” Moreton said.

Those influences can be found in Moreton’s own music, which falls within the alternative music scene.

“A lot of the songs on the album are songs that I have been writing since I was 15,” Moreton said. “It was great to work with Jeff Ott at London Bridge and really work to make this album something to be proud of.”

Moreton has been in the recording studio before when performing with other bands, but this was her first time in the studio as a solo artist.

“This was the most impactful time for me in the studio. I remember when we were done [and] I didn’t want to leave,” Moreton said.

The inspiration behind her album is apparent with its title “Now.”

“After being in different bands for so many years it just felt like now is my time to really have an impact as a young artist,” Moreton said.

Moreton’s album is available on all music streaming sites and will soon be available along with merchandise on her website and on Instagram and Facebook.

Audiences can catch Moreton at her next show in Seattle on Aug. 24 at the Summer SMASH, a fundraiser event for the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention.

“I love doing shows that are attached to good causes like this one,” Moreton said.

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