Monday Morning Tunes: MoZella

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Not to be confused with the browser Mozilla, MoZella is sultry soul often mixed with delightfully minimally-produced pop, wrapped in a sweet and sometimes lovesick introspection.

I came across MoZella by accident, as is the case with most of the music I end up going back to again and again. The song “Light Years Away” is on one of the soundtracks of the old WB series “One Tree Hill,” which I was making my way through when I heard it for the first time.

It’s ironic that I first stumbled upon MoZella kinda-sorta through television, given the fact that in 2005 her music reached millions of television viewers when Mercedes-Benz featured her song “Amazed” in one of their ad campaigns. Her songs have also appeared in television ad campaigns for Verizon, Amazon Kindle, and Nissan, and her song “More Of You” was featured in an episode of “Pretty Little Liars.” Television agrees with MoZella.

Some of my favorite songs of MoZella’s are also particularly difficult to find on SoundCloud, where anyone can listen to music without having to create an account, though you can if you’d like. They are from her album “I Will,” which I highly recommend you find and listen to. You can find it on Spotify and iTunes, if you’re a subscriber to either of those services. The album features the aforementioned song, “Light Years Away,” but I also love “Can’t Stop” and “Messiah,” just to name a couple.

MoZella has achieved incredible success in the music industry, though she is still widely unknown for her own music. She has co-written songs for some of the most recognizable pop artists currently on the scene, including the Miley Cyrus Billboard No. 1 hit “Wrecking Ball” and “Tumbling Down” with Ryan Tedder of One Republic for Tessanne Chin, winner of season 5 of “The Voice.”

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