Biography, Discography, Productions, and Publications

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)

 

LONG WIDE OPEN ROAD                             Sohl 0004                                                                             2019

 

 

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 subsequent productions

 

OUT OF THE RAIN                           OperaDelaware                                                                                    1998

(one act)                                                The Lyric Opera of Kansas City

Opera Memphis

NOTE - This opera has had several subsequent 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 AND SCREENPLAYS

 

TITLE                                                    PRODUCTION COMPANY                                                             PREMIER DATE

THE TRUTH                                        PULP FRICTION                                                                               2014

(10-minute play)

 

LEAVING HOME                                PULP FRICTION                                                                               2015

(10-minute play)

 

THE MOME RATHS                           PULP FRICTION                                                                               2016

(10-minute play)

 

THE ALIEN                                         PULP FRICTION                                                                               2016

(10-minute play)

 

 

PUBLICATIONS

 

TITLE                                                    PUBLICATION                                                                   PUBLICATION DATE

REACHING OUT (Screenplay)           SANTA FE LITERARY JOURNAL                                   2019

 

 

 

HUGH MOFFATT/DISCOGRAPHY (Partial List)

songs recorded by others

*released as single

 

 SONG TITLE                                     ARTIST                                 CO-WRITERS                     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

   A CANDLE TO YOU                       Foster and Allen                                                                   1982

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 and the Sunliters                                         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

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

I KNOW                                                Katy Moffatt                                                                       2018

FROZEN NORTH                               Judy Collins/Jonas Fjeld    Jonas Fjeld                               2019

 

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