Andra Moran lives in Nashville, Tennessee where she works as a songwriter, singer, author, worship designer and freelance touring musician.
The daughter of two insightful, progressive ministers in the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), Andra quite literally spent her formative years in sanctuaries and fellowship halls, singing in the children’s choir, napping on pews, and later leading music in her youth groups. Her father worked as an Army Chaplain, which took the Moran family all over the world. She grew up making friends from all sorts of backgrounds, seeing people at their best and their worst, and discovering a broad definition of home.
Andra Moran studied music formally at Belmont University in Nashville, TN, all the while apprenticing in a variety of settings, swapping songs and stories. Her honest, passionate writing won her the respect of her colleagues, musical friendships and regular work on stage and in the studio.
Andra works actively in ecumenical settings, and in the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) and United Church of Christ, providing music at the local, regional and national levels for a variety of gatherings, as well as offering both concerts and consulting services on worship design, music and leadership in local churches across the country.
Andra’s music expresses both a deep faith and a mature sense of self.
Her recordings include the Instarock Records 2012 release Harmony Grove, 2011‘s Little Miracles, 2009’s In Small Things, 2005’s Listening, 2003’s acoustic EP, The Someday Sessions and 2001’s If Not for This with Josh Elson. In addition to her English language recordings, Andra’s bilingual album Chant Spontané was released by the Reform Church of France in 2010. Andra’s songs have also been published in contemporary song and hymnal collections and are sung in churches, summer camps and dorm rooms around the world.
In 2012, Andra added “author” to her resume, writing for One Great Hour of Sharing’s leader devotional guide and a children’s collection of devotionals for Capitol Records. In 2013, Andra’s book Brim: Creative Overflow in Worship Design was published with coauthor Rev. Dr. Suzanne Castle.
Currently, Andra serves Woodmont Christian Church in Nashville as the Creative Director at The Bridge alongside her husband, musician Stephen Daniel King.
For more information on Andra’s music and ministry, please visit the contact page.
I can’t tell you how many times I’ve seen Andra play.
But I can tell you it’s been different every time. Gathered together in grand worship spaces, huddled around small intimate campfires, sipping bourbon in a smoky bar, or sitting in the sunshine, talking about what makes music of all kinds so sacred.
I can also tell you her shows remind me of the same thing every time: Sitting in a dorm room, debating our favorite bands. When I tried to convince her that I was a bigger R.E.M fan than she was, Andra pulled out a vinyl copy of R.E.M.’s Reckoning, complete with a price tag from a used record store in Germany.
She won the argument. Then she gave me the LP. For keeps.
That’s the sort of person Andra is. The kind who will disarm you with her wit and intelligence, but who radiates both a resilient hope and an understanding that life is very, very complicated. That’s the sort of artist she is, too.
Andra studied music formally at Belmont University in Nashville, TN, all the while apprenticing in Nashville’s bars and clubs, swapping songs and stories. Her honest, passionate writing won her respect and friendship—and those friendships helped her hone her skills as a writer and performer.
Andra’s music expresses both a deep sense of faith and a mature sense of self. She attributes that to being the daughter of two insightful, progressive ministers, one of whom worked as an Army Chaplain whose calling took the Moran family all over the world. She grew up making friends from all sorts of backgrounds, seeing people at their best and their worst, and discovering that she was able to call both Liepzig and Leavenworth home.
In Small Things, the follow-up to 2005's critically acclaimed studio release Listening, Andra partners with some of Nashville's most accomplished musicians. In Small Things was mixed by Grammy winning engineer Neal Cappellino. Andra has been a big fan of Neal's work-- especially what he's done for Allison Krauss, Dolly Parton, Mindy Smith, Gabe Dixon and Joan Osbourne-- so having Neal on board to mix this project was a big treat!
Andra’s other recordings include 2012's Harmony Grove, 2011's Little Miracles, 2003’s acoustic EP, The Someday Sessions and 2001’s If Not for This with Josh Elson, produced by Dexter Green. In addition to her recordings, Andra’s songs have also been published in a Chalice Praise and are sung in churches, summer camps and (fittingly, if you ask me) dorm rooms across the country.
Accessible but unique, hopeful but never naïve. Andra’s the type of musician you want to hear over and over and the type of friend you want to keep forever. Buy her record, go see her play, or book her to perform. She’ll teach you a thing or two, then give you her blood, sweat, and tears in her performance.
--Rev. Brandon Gilvin
Fellow Seeker, Fellow Writer, Friend.
Associate Director, Week of Compassion
If you are looking for me, try my back porch or the garden first. If I’m not there, I might be at Fido or Las Paletas having a snack and reading or scrawling in my journal. I’ve kept a journal since the fifth grade. A lot has happened since then. I chased a dream to Nashville, and found here a collection of super creative people; wonderful friends who share with me their passions and hopes and art in all forms. It’s a beautiful thing, life in Music City. And on top of all the great songs, there’s Bobbie’s Dairy Dip!
I have a pretty sick affection for Little House on the Prairie. I grew up moving around a lot as a kid, so my definition of home is broad and bilingual—and also rooted in a fantasy of a log cabin with wheat fields shimmering in the distance. I believe that home is where the heart is, but also that you should travel as much as you possibly can! I also believe that if someone can beat you at Scrabble, you should consider marrying them. That was key in my situation, anyway.
I love to sing in the kitchen, and to host dinner parties. I’m hopelessly sentimental. I despise mosquitos and bean sprouts. I love my superfun cover band, Guilty Pleasures, yardsales, making it through airport security with no do-overs, and honest conversation.