Moonchild press photo
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Moonchild: “Starfruit” nominated for “Best Progressive R&B Album” at the 65th GRAMMY Awards

Moonchild (Amber Navran, Andris Mattson, and Max Bryk) is an LA-based trio. Not too long ago, their fifth studio album, “Starfruit,” was nominated for Best Progressive R&B Album at the 65th GRAMMY Awards. Bringing a host of beautiful melodies and personal lyrics, “Starfruit” beholds offerings from Lalah Hathaway, Alex Isley, Tank and The Bangas, Rapsody, Ill Camille, Mumu Fresh, Chantae Cann, and Josh Johnson.

Moonchild – “Starfruit” album

Moonchild - “Starfruit” album cover

“This is our 5th album, which felt like a big milestone to us. They all added their magic touch to the songs and really brought the music to a new and special place. The LP is a result of ten years spent growing and working together, showcasing musical understanding and respect.” – Amber explained

Alongside the LP’s extensive list of featured artists, the release sees Moonchild experimenting with new synths and sounds. While still rooted in their trademark tones, these textures and sound palettes elevate “Starfruit” to new and impressive Moonchild musical territory.

“Max has this arpeggiator synth patch that makes me so happy every time I hear it, Amber incorporated this super cool octave pedal patch on her vocals, and I made a keyboard patch I’m obsessed with.” – Andris stated

Their first release featuring collaborations, Moonchild takes the opportunity on “Starfruit” to work with a number of acclaimed Black female musicians.


Moonchild press photo
Photo by @taryndudleyphoto

“I was so overjoyed that they were down and I’m obsessed with everything they did! All too often Black women don’t get the recognition and credit they deserve for their incredible talent and contributions to the music industry, and in every industry, scene and space. Each one of these women has been a huge inspiration to us and we were so honored to get the opportunity to make music with them.” – Amber stated

Each providing their own ‘goosebump’ moment to “Starfruit,” the eclectic mix of vocals and lyrics set to the backdrop of Moonchild’s musical synergy and understanding makes for something spellbinding.


Moonchild press photo

“My favorite moments are always evolving. Beat drops, verses, bridges, outros, breakdowns, clarinets… every song on the album has moments that still give me chills.” – Andris added

This landmark release follows Moonchild’s critically acclaimed album, “Little Ghost,” which saw huge support from the likes of Jamie Cullum (BBC Radio 2), Jamz Supernova (BBC 1Xtra), Phil Taggart, Huey Morgan, Cerys Matthews, Don Letts (BBC 6Music), and Bradley Zero. Also, the album received support from NPR, with Moonchild’s Tiny Desk Session having now logged over 3.7 million views.

Moonchild: NPR Music Tiny Desk Concert

Recorded while on tour in 2019, the performance has become more pertinent since with Navran’s call to action for people to “spend their privilege” was widely shared by NPR in 2020.

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