Mandy Moore hopes her new album will turn her into a road dog this year. “I hope to go on the road this fall,” Moore, who releases “Wild Hope” on June 19, tells Billboard.com. “We’re already doing some fun, acoustic shows. I think as the record comes out we’re going to do some showcases in bigger cities across the country.
“It’s so much fun,” she adds. “It’s just fun to finally be singing my own music and have the band up there. It’s a completely different experience.”
“Wild Hope” marks the first time Moore has co-written her own songs, in collaboration this time with Chantal Kreviazuk, Rachael Yamagata, the Weepies, Lori McKenna and others. The result is a more mature, singer/songwriter-styled album, and Moore says her shows will reflect that as opposed to the large-scale pop spectacles she was part of during the early days of her recording career.
“This record doesn’t lend itself to doing an arena tour,” she acknowledges, “so I want to stick to smaller rooms and clubs and just make it more intimate and about the music and some nice banter in-between the songs. Just something fun and low-key.”
But she may not completely abandon her past work, either. “Well, we’ve done ‘Candy’ a couple times with the band,” Moore says. “We have this, like, Stones-y version of it, and that’s kind of fun to do, so maybe we’ll incorporate that into the set.”
Moore will also be logging plenty of time on the big screen this year, with four roles ranging from big-budget comedies such as “Because I Said So” (with Diane Keaton) and “License To Wed” (with Robin Williams and “The Office” star John Krasinksi) to the independent film “Dedication” and the drama “Southland Tales.”
Moore says it isn’t hard balancing her music and film work — especially since they’re cross-promoting each other — but she’s holding off on committing to another movie in order to concentrate on the album.
“I really just want to go on tour this fall,” she explains. “I’d love to do a film, but it has to be something that makes sense and that I’m really passionate about to take me off the road, ’cause that’s really what I want to do right now.”