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BIANCA MOON

Bianca Moon, Australia’s newest rising starlet, overcame more in her youth than many people will in a lifetime. Having survived seven different surgeries and persevered through countless years of bullying in school, Bianca is out to prove to the world that regardless of circumstances, anything in life is possible with a steadfast work ethic and an unwavering desire to succeed. Throughout the highs and lows in life, music has always been Bianca’s stronghold. With years of performing under her belt, a prestigious music theater degree, several licensed songs for one of CBS-TV’s most popular programs and an Emmy nomination, this Sydney-born songwriter has crossed international boundaries having already taken Nashville by storm.

Bianca was born with an exceptionally rare craniofacial disfigurement known as blepharophimosis and also carried the gene for several other rare genetic anomalies. Bianca was completely blind until a donor transplant surgery at the age of 13 months.

Because Bianca’s face was so different at birth, her surgeon Dr. Frank Martin, decided to totally reconstruct the upper part of her face. Due to her lack of skin and wide set eyes, it would have been impossible for him to make her “look Australian” like her parents. Many people look at Bianca and think she’s Asian. Her face was constructed to look like this after her surgeons realized that “looking Asian” would be the most “normal” look for Bianca.

At school, Bianca was bullied because she was different. Bianca, however, would not let bullies get in the way of life. Realizing her vocal talents at a young age, Bianca was not afraid to stand up for what she believed in and refused to let hardships get her down.

After five reconstructive surgeries and two neurosurgeries, Bianca became an outspoken supporter for the craniofacial community. She started her own charitable organization called “Truly Beautiful” after receiving encouragement from one of her musical idols, Cher. Bianca believes strongly in her charity’s philosophy: we’re all the same on the inside... we all have hearts and brains even though some of us don't use them all the time. To date, the charity has raised more than $50,000 to help other young Australians with surgery-related expenses.

While studying at the National Institute for Dramatic Art as a teen, Bianca was put in touch with TV actress Katherine Kelly Lang. Katherine played Brooke Logan on the CBS soap opera The Bold and the Beautiful. A tabloid magazine connected Bianca with Katherine because it had heard about Bianca’s charity and wanted to run a story juxtaposing people born with facial disfigurements to a TV program that is all about looking glamorous. Bianca became great friends with Katherine and received an open invitation to come by the TV set anytime she was in the US. While on set, Katherine heard one of Bianca’s demo tracks and successfully helped her pitch it for the show. Two of the songs were licensed on the spot, and Bianca re-recorded those tracks in the studio the next day to be heard in over 140 countries where the program is broadcasted.

Bianca went on to receive her degree in musical theater from the prestigious Australian Institute of Music under the tutelage of industry icon, Jennifer Murphy. In 2007, she was a finalist for the Young Australians of the Year and the Pride of Australia awards for her advocacy work. Bianca is a spokesperson for various human rights groups and has become one of the leading voices for the craniofacial community.

“I have the best time working with kids because I remember the hardships that I went through when I was younger,” Bianca said. “Every fight for equality reminds me how small we are as individuals but how big and powerful we can be as a community.”

In 2013, through her work with The Bold and the Beautiful ̧ Bianca became the youngest person ever to be nominated for a Technical Emmy.

“It is such a privilege to hold that distinct honor,” noted Bianca. “I am so thankful for the numerous opportunities that I have been blessed with and can’t thank the cast and crew from The Bold and the Beautiful enough for treating me like family and for all their help and guidance.”

Bianca cites Dolly Parton as her idol but describes her own sound as a mix of Bruce Springsteen, Keith Urban and Melissa Etheridge. While growing up, she listened to a mélange of genres including British psychedelic rock and American country music, both of which play a big role in influencing her music and personal style.

Bianca says, of discribing her own style “If Keith Urban and Melissa Etheridge had a Love Child... I would be that Love Child”

For the new album Wildfire, Bianca teamed up with acclaimed Nashville-based Grammy-nominated producer, Kent Wells (Dolly Parton). The project features 10 tracks all of which were written or co-written by Bianca including the song”Because Our Love Can't Be” which was arranged by Bianca and her producer/guitarist Kent Wells and written by Dolly Parton.

“Its a previously unreleased Dolly Parton tune that Kent andI arranged and were able to license for the album. We're really excited to share it with both my fans and Dolly parton fans, alike”

Most of the songs were recorded in Nashville, while several others were recorded back home in Sydney. Bianca got to use Dolly Parton’s touring band on the album while they were in Australia.

Said Bianca about working with Kent Wells: “He’s the best producer in this industry. I have no reservations in the world saying that. He gets everything he needs out of you in the studio and then puts together a kick-ass album that makes you say, ‘Damn, I sound good!’ What more could you possibly want?”

Her first single “FIREBALL” of her Debut Album release “Wildfire” reached the US top 80 on the Music Row chart and received media exposure with interviews on US TV Stations including the most recent on FOX NEWS.

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January - 14 - 19, 2017