Meet The Artist: Callyn Moore

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By Dennis McNabb, Contributing Writer

As social beings we are all, even the introverts among us, eager to connect. We strive and sometimes struggle to express ourselves and be understood; to find others who truly “get” us. Words often fail to convey intentions, anxiety twisting our guts as well as our tongues, and conversations are avoided, leaving us feeling awkward, frustrated, and alone. That’s why music is such a uniquely universal language. All art, but music in particular, provides us a platform to communicate more thoughtfully, more sincerely; and by allowing us to employ carefully constructed verses as well as melodies, we are capable of conveying messages far more profound than anything we might say in passing. Music brings the global community into our consciousness, into our homes, and into our hearts. It connects us. It gives us hope, and it lets us know we are not alone.

Callyn Moore, at just 16 years old, is a local musician looking to reach out and connect with that wider world; to possibly point people to that guiding light for those floundering in the darkness. Although she previously recorded under the name Cally Mae (2020’s all instrumental “Lift Off”), she has just released her sophomore effort under her full name Callyn. The title, Maeday, is a clever reference to her nickname and her previous recording. This new 12 song collection presents tracks which are both diverse and cohesive, melodic yet subtly textured, and very mature lyrically, defying the artist’s age. Although distinctly modern, it fits quite comfortably into that ‘90s Alternative Rock scene, bearing resemblance to the likes of Vonda Shepard, Natalie Merchant, and Loreena McKennitt. Quite the accomplishment for an album recorded and self-produced from the bedroom of a 16 year old!

The mirror shattered
my mind
Showed me who
I am inside
This time I won’t hide
I will fight for
who I am

(from the song “Mirror” of new album Maeday)

I had the pleasure of speaking with Callyn and she was a complete joy, but she admitted it hasn’t always been that way. She’s dealt with more than her fair share of chronic health problems and depression. Although she’s in a much better place now, a change she attributes in large part to her music, she can relate to those suffering from such debilitating issues. Her life’s dream is to become a professional recording artist and touring musician, but more importantly, through her music she wants to reach out, connect, and ultimately help those facing similar problems. After listening to Maeday, I’d say she’s well on her way to doing just that.

While still in school, Callyn can be seen performing mostly around the Portland area. She can be hired to play for you, though: parties, weddings, events, you name it! Her music is an ideal accompaniment to any function.

Check out her music on Spotify, contacther via email at, or check out her website Uncover this rising star before she leaves The stratosphere!