She was also encouraged to perform by her maternal grandmother, who was her inspiration.
Some of Moore's first public exposure occurred when she sang the national anthem at several Florida sporting events.
She signed with a new EMI Music-owned record company, The Firm, in July that year, describing her new contract as "especially exciting," and adding that she left Sire Records because she did not want to "follow the mainstream," but rather have "complete control and freedom" over her work.Moore's new album, was released on June 19, 2007, and includes collaborations with artists Chantal Kreviazuk, Rachael Yamagata, Lori Mc Kenna and The Weepies.Moore stayed alone in a house in Woodstock in Upstate New York while recording the album in late 2006.Her private life, including her relationships with tennis player Andy Roddick and with actors Wilmer Valderrama and Zach Braff as well as her marriage to singer Ryan Adams, became the subject of media coverage., and her father, Donald "Don" Moore, is a pilot for American Airlines.Moore's father is of Irish and Cherokee descent, and her mother is of half English and half Jewish ancestry.
Moore, who has two brothers, Scott and Kyle, grew up in Longwood, Florida, outside of Orlando, where the family moved shortly after her birth because of her father's job as an airline pilot.
She was raised Catholic (though she is no longer practicing), and attended Bishop Moore High School, a Catholic school in Orlando, as well as Lake Brantley High School in Altamonte Springs.
It was also featured on the soundtrack of the film She promoted the album with her first headlining concert, "Mandy Moore [email protected] Back." The album contained uptempo tracks and influences from Eastern music, and Allmusic was kinder, describing it as a "lush, layered production." It received mixed reviews from other critics.
The album debuted at #35 on the she felt it "sucked" and that her first albums were "just awful." Moore also said that she "would give a refund to everyone who bought my first two albums" if she could; during a radio interview in April 2006, the show's co-host—who had seen her comments—asked her for a refund on the first album, a request that Moore fulfilled.
200 (her highest ranking to date); but "Have a Little Faith in Me" and "Senses Working Overtime", its only two singles, did not perform well on the charts.
Moore's cover of "I Feel the Earth Move" appeared on In early 2006, Moore stated that she missed her music career and that singing is what she was the "most passionate about." Moore had signed to Sire Records after her contract with Epic Records ended, but she left the company in May 2006.