Abra Moore was born in San Diego but grew up in Hawaii, where she did some modeling and formed a band called Poi Dog Pondering. The band relocated to Austin, Texas, a music hotspot, and Moore started a concurrent solo career there, releasing an independent album called Sing
in 1995. That album got the attention of Arista, which signed her and released her album Strangest Places
in 1997 with "Four Leaf Clover" the lead single.
Pop radio playlists at this time were filled with artists like Jewel, Sheryl Crow and LeAnn Rimes, which crowded her out, but "Four Leaf Clover" still made the Hot 100, reaching #63 thanks in part to airplay on MTV. Moore opened shows for Barenaked Ladies, Matchbox 20 and Collective Soul, and her song "Don't Feel Like Cryin'" was used in the 1998 movie Sliding Doors
. She sang on the original version of "I'm In
," which later became a hit for Keith Urban, and co-wrote the song "You Get Me
," which Michelle Branch recorded for her 2001 breakthrough album The Spirit Room
When Clive Davis left Arista to form J Records, he took Moore with him. She made an album with J called No Fear
, but it was never released, per her request. "When the album was done, it just didn’t feel like me," she said.
Moore released the album Everything Changed
in 2004 and On The Way
in 2007. In 2021, she gave Songfacts this update: "I haven't really toured much since my last album but I've been writing and recording, singing jazz and playing drums around Austin with friends and occasionally joining my first band Poi Dog Pondering on tour. Lots of new songs for another album..."