GLEN MOFFATT

 

GLEN MOFFATT


Raised in the seaside Art Deco city of Napier, New Zealand, Moffatt began writing songs at the age of 10.

Quitting his job as a newspaper reporter, he moved to Auckland to pursue his musical ambitions and was soon singing in Red McKelvie’s Cajun band, Mumbo Gumbo.

Moffatt burst onto the national music scene with his debut album Somewhere in New Zealand Tonight in 1995 and was a nominated finalist for “songwriter of the year” at the 1996 recording industry awards -  a title previously won by such luminary pop writers as Neil Finn, Dave Dobbyn and Martin Phillipps.

Two albums followed – A Place To Play in 1998 and If That’s What You Want (as the Glen Moffatt Band) in 2001, both including co-writes with Ritchie Pickett and Arthur Baysting – before Moffatt relocated to Brisbane.

Along with fronting his band the Tallboys, Moffatt was a “Star Maker” grand finalist in 2003 and was part of the Smokin’ Crawdads line-up that was awarded Queensland Group of the Year at the Queensland Country Music Awards in 2010 with their album Straight to the Pool Room.

His recent album Superheroes & Scary Things features 13 songs by Moffatt and his co-writers.  Recorded in both Australia and New Zealand, the album includes contributions from Bill Chambers, Michel Rose, Chet O’Connell and Brendan Radford, among others.

The first single, Don’t Be Surprised, was released on Australian country radio as part of the July CRS disc while Moffatt’s best known songSomewhere in New Zealand Tonight is to be included in an upcoming Sony Music New Zealand country music compilation.

As a performer, Moffatt has shared the stage with such diverse acts as American Cajun star Wayne Toups, Byrds sideman Earl P. Ball, Joe Walsh, Bill Chambers, James Blundell and the Topp Twins.

His songs have been included on albums by Bill Chambers, Michael Muchow, Donna Dean, Ritchie Pickett, Kevin Greaves, Darryl Apps and Dennis Marsh.