Samuel Alexander Moran (born 4 April 1978) is an Australian entertainer best known for having been a member of the children's band The Wiggles from 2006 to 2012. He was born in Sydney and raised in Wagga Wagga. He is the host of the children's television series Play Along With Sam.
Moran in 2008
|Birth name||Samuel Alexander Moran|
|Born||4 April 1978|
Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
|Occupation(s)||Musician, dancer, actor, singer|
|Instruments||Vocals, trumpet, guitar|
|Associated acts||The Wiggles, Nick Jr.|
Moran studied classical voice and music education at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music with the purpose of becoming a high school music teacher, and began performing in plays and musicals while still a student.
Moran's involvement with The Wiggles began when he appeared in "Haste to the Wedding" and "Evie and the Birdman", both written by John Field, Anthony Field's brother and songwriter for The Wiggles. Moran began performing with The Wiggles in 1998, hosting and touring with the "Dorothy the Dinosaur Show" throughout Australia and New Zealand, in small venues The Wiggles "had grown too big for". He played Professor Singalottasonga and Dapper Dave in the group's TV series. In 2002, Moran became Greg Page's understudy and filled in for Page over 150 times. Page was advised by his doctors not to travel, so Moran performed in his place during the group's 2006 US tour. Moran reported that he was asked to permanently join The Wiggles "a couple of days" before Page announced his retirement in November 2006. Moran's shtick on stage was losing things.
Although the transition from Page to Moran as the group's lead singer, which Moran has called "probably one of the most physically demanding roles in mainstream entertainment," was "smooth" for the young children of The Wiggles' audience, it was more difficult for their parents. Bandmate Murray Cook reported that Moran did "amazingly well" as a Wiggle, and that the addition of Moran changed their sound, forced the group to "rethink things", and made the band stronger. Although Moran struggled with the spontaneity of The Wiggles' stage performances, Cook said, "We've never felt like we had to carry him or anything. He's a smart guy. But it is a bit different, just having a different person on stage." Moran's background in musical theatre was different from those of his bandmates, so The Wiggles had to change the way they recorded their music. At sound checks, their practice was to "kind of jam on things", but Moran often did not know the songs the other three used at those times. Cook reported that it took some time for Moran, but a year after Page's retirement stated, "We're slowly educating each other".
In January 2012, and amidst a great deal of controversy, The Wiggles announced that Greg Page had regained his health and was returning to his role as the Yellow Wiggle. As part of his severance package, Moran continued to collect song royalties and was granted use of The Wiggles' studios.
Moran released his first solo album, Colour of Love, through Sony Music Australia in 2010. The album consisted of covers of well known love songs, including a duet of The Beach Boys' "God Only Knows" with Australian jazz vocalist, Emma Pask.
Colour of Love track list
- You Make Loving Fun
- Unchained Melody
- Wonderful Tonight
- Fire and Rain
- God Only Knows (with Emma Pask)
- More Than Words
- Wonderful World
- Sara Smile
- The Scientist
- Baby, Now That I've Found You
- She's Got a Way
Play Along with SamEdit
|Play Along with Sam|
|Presented by||Sam Moran|
|Country of origin||Australia|
|No. of series||1|
|Running time||30 minutes|
|Original network||Nick Jr.|
|Original release||6 May 2013 –|
In May 2013, Moran returned to children's television hosting a new preschool series, Play Along with Sam, on Nickelodeon's sister channel Nick Jr. Play Along with Sam is an educational music block programme that airs every weekday morning until midday and also in the evening from 6:30PM to 8:00PM, wrapped around top rating programmes.
Play Along with Sam also went to #1 in Australian and #5 in Canada on the iTunes Children's Music Charts.
Its companion album was nominated for an ARIA Music Award for Best Children's Album in 2013. The show also received an ASTRA Awards nomination for Most Outstanding Children's Program or Event, while Moran was nominated for Best New Talent. The show was nominated for the TV Week Logie Award for Outstanding Children's Program.
Before he became a professional singer and performer, due to his "love of gadgets", Moran seriously considered going into information technology as a career. He is a fan of the Australian Football League team the Sydney Swans. He is also "a keen cook". He is married to American born Lyn Stuckey, a dancer with The Wiggles. They met when appearing together on the "Dorothy the Dinosaur Show", when Stuckey played Dorothy the Dinosaur.
The couple's first child was born January 2010 in Sydney.
- Colour of Love (2010)
- Play Along with Sam (2013)
- We're Gonna Dance! (2014)
- BOO! (2015)
- Best. Day. Ever! (2016)
- Santa's Coming! (2017)
- Play Along with Sam (2013–present) – Host
Awards and nominationsEdit
|Year||Nominee / work||Award||Result|
|2013||Play Along with Sam||ARIA Award for Best Children's Album||Nominated|
|2014||Play Along with Sam||ASTRA Awards: Most Outstanding Children's Program or Event||Nominated|
|2014||Sam Moran||ASTRA Award: Best New Talent||Nominated|
|2014||Play Along with Sam||TV Week Logie Award: Outstanding Children's Program||Nominated|
|2014||We're Gonna Dance||ARIA Award for Best Children's Album||Nominated|
|2016||Play Along with Sam||TV Week Logie Award: Most Outstanding Children's Program||Nominated|
|2016||BEST. DAY. EVER!||ARIA Award for Best Children's Album||Nominated|
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- "Sam". The Wiggles Official Website. Retrieved 14 August 2007.
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- Kwek, Glenda (19 January 2012). "How 'Salaried' Sam Lost His Wiggle". The Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 22 January 2012.
- Washington, Stuart; Erik Jensen and Glenda Kwek (21 January 2012). "Yellow Sub: Greg Resurfaces". The Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 22 January 2012.
- "Home". sammoran.com.
- "Search Results – Sam Moran". Aria Awards. Retrieved 8 July 2014.
- "2014 Finalists & Winners!". 12th ASTRA Awards. Retrieved 8 July 2014.
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- Critchley, Cheryl (8 October 2007). "New Wiggle Sam Moran shows true colours". Herald Sun. Retrieved 8 October 2007.
- Fouch, Robert L. (29 July 2007). "Fast chat: Sam Moran". Newsday. Retrieved 14 August 2007.
- "Wagga Wiggle has a lot to sing about". The Daily Advertiser. 21 January 2010. Retrieved 21 January 2010.