It is not incorrect to call Alicia Hall Moran an opera singer. After all, she did understudy Audra McDonald in the 2012 Broadway revival of Porgy and Bess, and starred in the national tour that followed. It is, however, an incomplete definition. Moran, the wife of pianist Jason Moran, intends for her second album, Here Today (YES), to make that clear.
“I really had to make something that sounded like me and looked like me,” she says. “I wanted to listen to the lessons of the great makers of things, but that led me to this place where I only started to listen to myself. And myself is in a lot of places.”