Mozella (Maureen Anne McDonald, from Detroit, Michigan) is an American songwriter and recording artist. Along with her own artist success, Mozella co-wrote the Miley Cyrus Billboard #1 Wrecking Ball. Some of Mozella's other notable co-writes include Kelly Clarkson's 2017 single "Love So Soft", "One Call Away" by Charlie Puth, "Perfect" and "Fool's Gold" by One Direction, Ellie Goulding's "Don't Panic", "Holding on for Life", and "We Can't Move to This" from Goulding's new album Delirium (co-written with Goulding and Greg Kurstin [Adele, Sia]), "Speechless" from Rachel Platten's Columbia released Wildfire, "Dancing in the Dark" by Rihanna for the DreamWorks animated movie HOME, "Bright" by Echosmith, "Feels Like Vegas" with Tinashe, and "Take You High" off Kelly Clarkson's 2015 album. Madonna and Mozella co-wrote 11 of the 19 tracks on the album Rebel Heart, including the single "Living For Love" with Diplo, Ariel Rechtshaid, and Toby Gad.
Crossing genres into film, television and theatre, she co-wrote "A Little Party Never Killed Nobody" with Goonrock and Fergie for Baz Luhrmann's "The Great Gatsby." In early 2014 she continued her work with Baz Luhrmann, penning "A Beautiful Surprise" with David Foster for Luhrmann's musical theatre adaption of his cult classic film "Strictly Ballroom". Mozella's latest TV sync success is the usage of her song "Love Is Endless" in the 2015 McDonald's "Archenemies" campaign. Beginning April 2015, Chase bank will be using her song "Can't Get Enough" for their new commercials in the US. Some of the brands that have used Mozella's music in their branding include Chrysler, Verizon, Microsoft, Jeep, Amazon, Mercedes Benz, JC Penney, Aqua Fresh and many more.
Mozella has released Three full-length albums, I Will (Warner/Maverick, 2006) and Belle Isle (Universal/Motown, 2009), and "The Brian Holland Sessions" on Belle Isle Records, as well as three EPs, MoZella (Warner/Maverick, 2005), The Straits EP (Universal/Motown, 2009) and The Love EP (Universal/Motown, 2010).
Mozella was raised in Livonia, Michigan, where she first got her start as a performer booking her own gigs in coffee houses at age 15. Immediately after graduating from high school, she set out for Los Angeles to pursue a career in music. She took a day job decorating cakes, leaving her free to perform at coffee houses in the evenings. In 2002, MoZella was invited to England to write and record with Tim Saul, producer for Portishead. After she spent six months in Europe, she returned to Los Angeles when label interest was building.
Mozella signed to Madonna’s Maverick Records in July 2003. In 2004, when Maverick was absorbed into Warner Bros. Records most of their artists were dropped, however, Mozella was amongst a select few who survived the merger. In July 2005, she released her self-titled debut EP on Warner/Maverick Records. Then, in November 2006, she released her full-length debut I Will (produced by Jude Cole) on the same imprint. I Will was well received by fans and critics alike. Allmusic.com even called MoZella, "One of the best things to come out of pop music this year."
Mozella signed to Universal/Motown Records in July, 2008. She immediately enlisted multiple producers for her second album, including Marty James, Jimmy Harry, Tony Kanal, Sunny Levine, and Smidi. ‘The Straits EP’ was released on July 7, 2009 on Universal/Motown Records. On October 20, 2009, her album Belle Isle was released.
Mozella released The Brian Holland Sessions on July 24, 2012. She co-wrote the album with legendary Motown songwriter Brian Holland of the famous trio Holland-Dozier-Holland. It was co-produced by Dave Wilder. On July 26, 2012 Mozella performed a song from The Brian Holland Sessions on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno. She was also interviewed on NPR's All Things Considered. The album has been mentioned or featured in rollingstone.com, Grammy.com, USAtoday.com, and spin.com.
Following her Warner/Maverick debut in 2006, MoZella toured the U.S. with Tyler Hilton, Dave Matthews Band, Lifehouse, Five for Fighting, Daniel Powter, Michelle Branch, and Colbie Caillat.
Licensing: Her songs have been featured in countless movies, trailers, and television series' including Fringe, The Closer, The City, Castle, The Hills, Bones, One Tree Hill, Love Bites, The Biggest Loser, American Idol, etc. Her song "More of You" was prominently featured in the first episode of Pretty Little Liars and on the soundtrack. She's also had multiple syncs in Grey's Anatomy. She has written and recorded numerous songs used in commercials including "Amazed" for Mercedes Benz, "Thank You" and "Let’s Stop calling It Love" for Nivea, "Magic" which was featured in Verizon's "iDon't" Motorola Droid campaign. "This is Love" and "Glow" were used in the 2011 and 2013 JC Penney holiday TV advertisements. Her song "Love is Endless" was featured in the endless.com ads and synced in the Katherine Heigl romantic comedy Life As We Know It (and on the soundtrack). In 2012, MoZella's cover of "Some Like It Hot" (made famous by Marilyn Monroe) was used for the Carl's Jr./Hardees "Drive-In" ad; the ad featured model Kate Upton and a Southwest patty melt. In recent years, her songs have been sync'd by Special K, Nestle, Tesco, Oral B, Amazon, Aqua Fresh, and others. Her songs are currently featured in ads for McDonald's, Verizon, Chase Bank, Chrysler, Microsoft, and more.Mozella EP (2005)
I Will (2006)
The Straits EP (2009)
Belle Isle (2009)
The Love EP (2010)
"The Brian Holland Sessions" (2012)
Mozella has penned songs with and for Miranda Cosgrove, Shontelle, and co-wrote "Undone" and "Oh My" feat. B.o.B with American Idol finalist Haley Reinhart for her debut album Listen Up! She co-wrote Fergie's A Little Party Never Killed Nobody with Goonrock for Baz Luhrmann's The Great Gatsby movie. In 2013, MoZella co-wrote Miley Cyrus' first Billboard number 1 "Wrecking Ball" with production helmed by Dr. Luke along with "FU" and "Someone Else" on Miley's acclaimed album Bangerz. Mozella also co-penned (along with Ryan Tedder of OneRepublic) the song "Tumbling Down" for the American The Voice season 5 winner Tessanne Chin. Mozella co-wrote "Secrets" and much of Mary Lambert's forthcoming album Heart On My Sleeve.
She has worked with Rihanna for the DreamWorks animated move HOME, Kelly Clarkson, and Madonna on her album Rebel Heart, in particular its lead single "Living For Love"