Biography

HUGH MOFFATT

            The list of artists who have recorded Hugh Moffatt’s songs is international and multi-dimensional.  They range in styles from Patti Page to Kesha and include Jerry Lee Lewis, The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, Merle Haggard, Dolly Parton, Alabama, and Johnny Cash and many others in pop, country, bluegrass, traditional, and gospel from around the world.  These recordings include the chart-topping country singles “Just in Case” by Ronnie Milsap, “Old Flames Can’t Hold a Candle to You” (w/Pebe Sebert) first by Joe Sun and then by Dolly Parton, and “How Could I Love Her So Much” by Johnny Rodriguez, and the Southern Gospel hit “Roll Away the Stone” by Wendy Bagwell and the Sunliters. 

 

            As a performing artist, Moffatt has released 11 albums and toured extensively around the world.  His albums are LOVING YOU, TROUBADOUR and DANCE ME OUTSIDE (duets with Katy Moffatt) for Rounder Records, THE LIFE OF A MINOR POET for Watermelon Records, LIVE AND ALONE for Brambus Records in Switzerland, THE WOGNUM SESSIONS (The Hugh Moffatt Trio) for Strictly Country Records in the Netherlands, GHOSTS OF THE MUSIC for Brambus, and SONGS FROM THE BACK OF THE CHURCH, ONLY ALONG FOR THE RIDE, and NOW AND THEN (duets with Katy Moffatt) on Sohl Recordings.  Sony Australia also released a 17-song compilation from his first two albums under the title, THE WAY LOVE IS.

 

            He is, with composer Michael Ching, the librettist for three original operas.  Two are one-acts: King of the Clouds, commissioned and premiered by Dayton Opera in 1993, and Out of the Rain, commissioned jointly by Opera Delaware, the Kansas City Lyric Opera and Opera Memphis and premiered by Opera Delaware in 1998.  These operas have each had multiple productions. Ching and Moffatt’s full-length opera, Corps of Discovery, A Musical Journey, commissioned by the University of Missouri and based on the Lewis & Clark expedition, premiered in May of 2003 in Columbia, Missouri.  Opera Memphis produced the professional premier in April of 2004. Fargo Opera and the University of Idaho have also mounted independent productions.  In 2010, Opera Memphis presented the first performances of Gluck’s classic opera, Orpheus and Euridice, with a new English translation by Moffatt and Ching. 

 

            Four of Moffatt’s short plays, The Truth, Leaving Home, The Mome Raths, and The Alien, have been produced in Nashville by the Pulp Friction 10-minute Play Festival.

 

            Moffatt has an MFA in Writing (Screenwriting) from Spalding University in Louisville, Kentucky. He has taught songwriting and/or music business courses for Nashville State Community College, Danville Community College, and Middle Tennessee State University.  He is the brother of singer-songwriter Katy Moffatt.





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HUGH MOFFATT/DISCOGRAPHY self-recorded
 
ALBUM TITLE                                                   LABEL & CATALOGUE #                                               RELEASE DATE
LOVING YOU                                                    Rounder/Philo, PH1111                                                  1987
 
TROUBADOUR                                                 Rounder/Philo, PH1127                                                  1989
 
LIVE AND ALONE                                             Brambus, 199118-2 (Switzerland)                                  1991
 
THE WAY LOVE IS                                           Columbia, 48965 2 (Australia)                                        1991
(partial compilation of LOVING YOU and TROUBADOUR)
 
DANCE ME OUTSIDE                                      Rounder/Philo, PH1144                                                   1992
(duets with Katy Moffatt)
 
THE WOGNUM SESSIONS                             Strictly Country, SCR-32 (Holland)                                  1992
(Hugh Moffatt Trio)
 
THE LIFE OF A MINOR POET                         Watermelon, 1047                                                            1996
 
GHOSTS OF THE MUSIC                                 Brambus, 199810-2 (Switzerland)                                   1998
 
SONGS FROM THE BACK OF                         Sohl, 0001                                                                         2006
THE CHURCH
 
ONLY ALONG FOR THE RIDE                         Sohl, 0002                                                                         2013

 NOW AND THEN                                               Sohl 0003                                                                              2016
(duets with Katy Moffatt)

 
OPERA
(Hugh Moffatt librettist, Michael Ching librettist/composer)
 
TITLE                                                    COMMISSIONING PARTIES                                                          PREMIER DATE
KING OF THE CLOUDS                       Dayton Opera                                                                                  1993
(one act)
                                                              NOTE - This opera has had several independent productions
 
OUT OF THE RAIN                              OperaDelaware                                                                                1998
(one act)                                               The Lyric Opera of Kansas City
                                                             Opera Memphis
                                                             NOTE - This opera has had several independent productions
 
 
CORPS OF DISCOVERY                   Show Me Opera (U of Missouri, Columbia)                                        2003
(three act)
                                                            NOTE - Independently produced by Opera Memphis (professional premier),
                                                                         University of Idaho, and Fargo-Moorehead Opera
 
Orpheus and Euridice (Gluck)             Opera Memphis                                                                                  2010
(new English translation)

 
 

PLAYS
 
TITLE                                                    PRODUCTION COMPANY                                                              PREMIER DATE
THE TRUTH (10-MIN. PLAY)           PULP FRICTION (Proto-Pulp Book Show)                                   2014

LEAVING HOME                                 PULP FRICTION (Proto-Pulp Book Show)                                   2015
(10-minute play)
 
THE MOME RATHS                           PULP FRICTION (Proto-Pulp Book Show)                                   2016
(10-minute play)
 
THE ALIEN                                          PULP FRICTION (Proto-Pulp Book Show)                                   2016
(10-minute play)
 


HUGH MOFFATT/DISCOGRAPHY songs recorded by others (partial list)
*released as single
 
 SONG TITLE                                      ARTIST                                 CO-WRITER(S)                   RELEASE DATE
JUST IN CASE*                                  Ronnie Milsap                                                                    1975
JUST IN CASE                                   Barbara Mandrell                                                               1976
JUST IN CASE                                   Tammy Wynette                                                                 1976
HERE'S TO THE HORSES*               Mack Vickery                         R Bourke/G Dobbins           1976
THAT'S ALL I WANTED
  TO KNOW*                                       Dottie West                            Ed Penney                          1977
WHILE I'M HERE                                Randi Gurley                         Ed Penney                           1977
WHY SHOULD I CRY
  OVER YOU                                       George Hamilton IV               Ed Penney                          1977
OLD FLAMES CAN'T HOLD
  A CANDLE TO YOU*                        Joe Sun                                 Pebe Sebert                        1978
MAMA RITA*                                       Alan Wayne                                                                      1979
LOVE GAME                                       Jerry Lee Lewis                                                                 1979
OLD FLAMES CAN'T HOLD
  A CANDLE TO YOU*                        Dolly Parton                           Pebe Sebert                       1980
LOVE AND ONLY LOVE                     Frizzell & West                                                                 1980
LOVE AND ONLY LOVE*                   Carl Hickman                                                                    1980
HERE'S TO THE HORSES*               Johnny Russell                       R Bourke/G Dobbins         1981
HERE'S TO THE HORSES                 The Rovers                            R Bourke/G Dobbins          1981
WILD TURKEY*                                   Lacy J. Dalton                        Pebe Sebert                      1981
EVERY NOW AND THEN                   Terri Gibbs                                                                        1981
WHISKEY MADE ME
  STUMBLE*                                        Bill Anderson                                                                    1981
TAKING A WALK IN
  THE SUN                                          Jeannie C. Riley                                                                1981
WASN'T IT GOOD*                             Patti Page                                                                         1981
LOVE AND ONLY LOVE                    Conway Twitty                                                                   1982
SLOW MOVIN' FREIGHT
  TRAIN                                               Joe Sun                                                                             1982
SLOW MOVIN' FREIGHT
  TRAIN                                               John Starling                                                                     1982
CAROLINA STAR                               John Starling                                                                     1982
CAROLINA STAR                               Earl Scruggs & Friends                                                     1982
WORDS AT TWENTY
  PACES                                              Alabama                                                                            1982
PRAISE THE LORD AND
  SEND ME THE MONEY*                  Bobby Bare                                                                       1982
WHEN YOU HELD ME IN
  YOUR ARMS                                     Mel McDaniel                                                                   1982
OLD FLAMES CAN’T HOLD             Foster and Allen                                                                1982
  A CANDLE TO YOU
HOW COULD I LOVE HER
  SO MUCH*                                        Johnny Rodriguez                                                            1983
TILL THE FIRE'S
  BURNED OUT                                   Nitty Gritty Dirt Band                                                        1984
ROSE OF MY HEART*                       Johnny Rodriguez                                                             1984
STILL ONE BROKEN
  HEART                                               David Frizzell                                                                   1984
ROSE OF MY HEART                         The Whitstein Brothers                                                    1985
OLD FLAMES CAN'T HOLD
  A CANDLE TO YOU                           Merle Haggard                     Pebe Sebert                      1985
WHEN YOU HELD ME
  IN YOUR ARMS*                               Rex Allen, Jr.                                                                   1985
ROSE OF MY HEART                         Nicolette Larsen                                                              1986
LAST NIGHT I DREAMED
 OF LOVING YOU                               Nashville Bluegrass Band                                                1986
LOVING YOU                                      The McCarters                                                                 1987
PAPACITA                                           Katy Moffatt                                                                     1987
I KNOW THE
  DIFFERENCE NOW                          Katy Moffatt                                                                     1987
HARD TIMES ON EASY
  STREET                                             Katy Moffatt                                                                     1987
PAPACITA                                           The McCarters                                                                 1988
ROSE OF MY HEART                       Foster and Allen                                                               1988
TILL THE MORNING COMES             Steinar Albrightsen              Jonas Fjeld                          1990      
ROLL AWAY THE STONE*                Wendy Bagwell                                                                 1992
LAST NIGHT I DREAMED
  OF LOVING YOU                              Kathy Mattea                                                                    1992
STILL ONE BROKEN HEART            Steinar Albrightsen                                                           1994
CAROLINA STAR                              Foster and Allen                                                                   1994
SLOW MOVING FREIGHT
  TRAIN                                               Katy Moffatt                                                                      1997
JACK AND LUCY                               Bill Grant and Delia Bell                                                    1997
ROSE OF MY HEART                       IIIrd Tyme Out                                                                    1999
WHISKEY, MONEY AND TIME         Katy Moffatt                                                                       1999
JACK AND LUCY                              Jeannie Kendell                                                                  2003
ROSE OF MY HEART                       McReynolds and Whitstein                                                2006
ROSE OF MY HEART                       Johnny Cash                                                                      2006
HOW COULD I LOVE HER
 SO MUCH                                         Alan West                                                                          2008
FALL RIVER                                      Jonas Fjeld/Chatham           Jonas Fjeld                           2009
                                                                County Line
THE DANCER                                    West & Black                       Michael Hearne                    2009
NEW MOON NIGHT                          West & Black                        Mark Luna                            2009
HOW COULD I LOVE HER            
  SO MUCH                                          Nathan Carter                                                                  2010
LAST NIGHT I DREAMED
  OF LOVING YOU                               Milk Drive                                                                        2011
THE DANCER                                    Nathan Carter                      Michael Hearne                    2011
THE FROZEN NORTH                      Jonas Fjeld                           Jonas Fjeld                           2012
OLD FLAMES CAN’T HOLD
  A CANDLE TO YOU                          Kesha                                   Pebe Sebert                        2012
WHISKEY UP                                    Alan West                                                                           2013
THE WAY LOVE IS                           Alan West                                                                           2014

GIVE US STRENGTH                       Jimmy Gaudreau and Elle Mears                                     2017

OLD FLAMES CAN’T HOLD

A CANDLE TO YOU                         Kesha, ft. Dolly Parton      Pebe Sebert                           2017