Mandy Moore's interest in singing grew after seeing the musical Oklahoma!. Mandy subsequently sang the National Anthem at a few athletic events, and was spotted and signed on to a record deal with Sony Records after recording a demo at the age of 14. Throughout 1999, Moore toured with The Backstreet Boys.
Mandy Moore, fifteen years-old at the time, released her first album, So Real, on December 7, 1999. The album reached a peak of #31 on the U.S. Billboard 200 album chart. At the time of her album's release, Moore was considered only the latest in a quickly-growing series of heavily-marketed 'pop princesses' akin to Britney Spears, Christina Aguilera and Jessica Simpson. Moore was the last (and youngest) of the four to reach mainstream radio, and was initially not as successful as her peers. Still, So Real was certified platinum in the US by early 2000 and sold 943,000 copies; Her debut single, "Candy," peaked at #41 on the US Billboard Hot 100 and was certified gold. A follow-up single, "Walk Me Home," was also released, but to less success. Moore also released the title track, "So Real," outside the States.
Mandy Moore's vocal category is Soubrette. Her highest note is G5 and her lowest note is A3. Her vocal range is approximately two octaves.
Mandy Moore released a re-worked version of her debut album entitled I Wanna Be With You on May 9, 2000, only six months after So Real's release. The album included several new songs, along with tracks from So Real, as well as a couple of remixed songs. Some criticized it as a remix album and not a true followup. The album reached a peak of #21 on the Billboard 200; it was later certified gold in the US and sold 792,000 copies. The title track was the only single and reached a peak of #17 on the Hot 100, Moore's highest peak to date. The song was also featured in the film Center Stage (2000).
Mandy Moore released the self-titled album Mandy Moore on June 19, 2001. The album received mixed reviews and debuted at a disappointing #35 on the Billboard 200. It was later certified gold in the US and sold 443,000 copies. The album's main producer was Tim Mitchell. The lead single, "In My Pocket", was tinged with a Middle-Eastern sound, along with a colorful video; it failed to make a dent in the charts, however, missing the Hot 100 completely. The song was a popular dance success not only in the States but also a commercial hit in Australia, Thailand, and other countries. Moore performed "In My Pocket" live many times, including once at the 2001 Fox network television special, "Teenapalooza".
The follow-up single, "Crush", also failed to chart, although the music video received considerable airtime on MTV. It went on to be Moore's first number one video on TRL, where she also performed the song live. The final single, "Cry", was released in early 2002 and tied-in with the film A Walk to Remember, which was Moore's debut as a lead actress. It also failed to perform well on the charts. The album sold well in Eastern Asia, however, and the songs "17" and "Saturate Me" were both released as singles overseas.
Mandy Moore looks back at her old pop days with ill feelings, saying "If I had the money, I would give a refund to everyone who bought my first two albums", but has also said they were appropriate for her age.
On October 21, 2003, Moore released her fourth album, Coverage. The record consisted entirely of cover songs from the 1970s and '80s that Moore was influenced by as a child, as well as songs that she had recently discovered. The album peaked at #14 on the Billboard 200 (her highest ranking to date), but "Have a Little Faith in Me" (the only released single) failed to perform well on the charts. A video was made for the song "Drop the Pilot", though it was not released as a single in the US. Her cover of "I Feel The Earth Move" also appeared on Love Rocks, a compilation CD of songs from gay rights supporters.
Due to disappointing sales for Coverage, Moore was dropped from Sony's Epic Records. As a last obligation to Moore's contract, Sony released The Best of Mandy Moore on November 16, 2004, which included all of Moore's biggest hits from the past five years. However, due to little promotion, the album only reached #148 on the Billboard 200.
Another compilation album, Candy was released around the time Moore began working on her 2006 album. It was released with no promotion and never appeared on the charts. This was the final release of Moore's music from Epic Records. To date, Moore has sold more than 6 million albums worldwide.
A new studio album from Moore will be released in the spring of 2006 through Warner's Sire Records. According to "Instyle Magazine" (2/06), the title of the album is Slummin' In Paradise. The album was co-written by singers Michelle Branch, Rachael Yamagata, and Lori McKenna. Moore will also collaborate with Adam Duritz, Chantal Kreviazuk, and James Renald who wrote Hey! and her single "Cry". The first single has yet to be released.
Between 2000 and 2001, Mandy Moore hosted a talk show, the Mandy Moore Show, on MTV. She performed a remix to her song "So Real" on that show to futher promote I Wanna Be With You.
In 2001, Moore appeared in a small part as the mean and popular cheerleader Lana Thomas opposite actresses Anne Hathaway and Julie Andrews in the film The Princess Diaries. In the movie, Moore's character performs a song from the film's soundtrack, "Stupid Cupid".
In 2002, Mandy Moore had her first starring role in a major feature film in A Walk to Remember, opposite actor Shane West. The movie, based on the novel by Nicholas Sparks, revolves around the developing romance between a Protestant minister's daughter (played by Moore) and an unruly teenager. The film was considered a moderate success, bringing in $41 million and establishing Moore's status as a lead actress.
The soundtrack for the film featured four songs by Moore ("Cry", "Someday We'll Know", "It's Gonna Be Love" and "Only Hope"). Moore won an award for Breakthrough Female Performance at that summer's MTV Movie Awards, as well as Choice Female Breakout Performance and Choice Chemistry (with Shane West) at the Teen Choice Awards. In 2002, she also voiced the Final Fantasy VII character Aerith Gainsborough in the Square Enix-Disney crossover video game Kingdom Hearts. She didn't, however, reprise the role for the sequel.
In March 2002, Mandy Moore was featured in Elton John's video for "Original Sin". That year, she was also ranked #67 in Stuff magazine's "102 Sexiest Women In The World."
In 2003, Mandy Moore starred in the romantic comedy film How to Deal. The movie failed to draw in the teenage crowds in the US and grossed a total of $14 million. Moore's next film was 2004's Chasing Liberty, a romantic comedy which only grossed $12 million. Later that summer, she appeared in a lead role in the low-budget satire on religion, Saved!, playing Hilary Faye, a popular "good girl" at a Christian school. The film, which did not receive a wide release, was positively reviewed. Moore received praise for her performance, with one critic commenting that she was a "demented delight", and another saying that it was her best performance to date. In 2005, Moore lent her voice to the movie Racing Stripes.
Mandy Moore has also appeared on the television series, Entourage, and guest-starred in two episodes of boyfriend Zach Braff's comedy Scrubs in 2006. She will also be lending her voice to The Simpsons, playing a dominatrix named "Tabitha Vixx". The airdate of the episode has yet to be confirmed.
Her future film roles include American Dreamz (which opens on April 21, 2006), as well as Southland Tales, Because I Said So (opposite Piper Perabo and Diane Keaton), and Dedication, all of which are currently slated for a 2006 release. Moore was also originally supposed to appear in the upcoming ensemble film Bobby, but was replaced by actress Mary Elizabeth Winstead.
In May 2006, Mandy Moore will begin filming a romantic comedy entitled License to Wed, in which she portrays a young bride who has to complete a two-week prenup course before her wedding. The film, co-starring John Krasinski as her fiancé and Robin Williams as a minister, will be filmed in Mexico and Los Angeles.
Mandy was a Neutrogena spokesperson, appearing in commercials as well as print ads for the product. She has also modeled for Coach handbags in Japan and for the clothing brand, Penshoppe, in the Philippines.
Moore is also the spokesperson for the School and Youth Programs of The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.
Mandy dated actor Wilmer Valderrama for eighteen months between 2000 and 2002; in 2006, Valderrama appeared on the Howard Stern Show and claimed that himself and Moore were each other's "first loves", although he did not claim that their relationship was sexual, as was alleged by several media sources who had misquoted his exact comments. In 2002, Moore started dating tennis star Andy Roddick. The couple were together for 16 months, hardly spending time together due to Moore's film schedule; Roddick ended the relationship in March of 2004. She also dated Philippines-born singer/actor Billy Crawford for a "few months" when she was younger.
In 2004, Mandy Moore began dating Scrubs actor Zach Braff. The two met at a fundraising event for the Democratic Party around the time of the November 2004 election. In early 2006, unnamed sources told In Touch magazine that the couple were engaged. Braff called this a "total internet rumor" and Moore's representative denied the engagement.
Moore's favorite musicians are Elton John, Janet Jackson, Madonna and Bette Midler; Midler is also Moore's favorite actress, and her film Beaches is Moore's favorite film. Moore is friends with the Osbourne family, and in 2003 frequently appeared in episodes of their MTV reality show, The Osbournes.