Updated: Nov 12
Geoff Moore (born February 22, 1961 in Flint, Michigan) is an American contemporary Christian music singer and songwriter. He began recording as a solo artist in 1984. In 1987, he formed Geoff Moore and The Distance, his touring band, which released eight albums generating a string of No. 1 radio hits throughout their 10+-year tenure. In 1998, Geoff retired the band from full-time touring. After a "farewell tour," Moore has continued as a solo artist, releasing eight more records between 1999 and 2015. The Next Thing was released in April 2016, making it his 25th album to date.
Geoff is also an advocate for underprivileged children. He has partnered with Compassion International since 1985, being a spokesman and advocate for their work in releasing children from poverty throughout the developing world. He also works with Showhope, an organization founded by his close friends Steven and Mary Beth Chapman. Showhope cares for orphan children and helps assist with international adoptions. Geoff Moore is co-founder of an outdoor adventure company called Fellowship Adventures. Founded in 2014, Fellowship Adventures focuses on small group hunting, fishing, adventure and expeditions.
He attended Holly Area Schools at Patterson Elementary, Holly, MI through grade six and then started attending Brandon Schools in Ortonville, MI. He began singing while he was at Taylor University in Indiana living in Wengatz Hall. At the time, he became a classmate to White Heart future lead singer, Rick Florian, when he stood in for the lead singer of his roommate's band. He graduated from Taylor in 1983. Newly married, he moved to Nashville soon after college. He was able to break into the music industry with the assistance of Michael W. Smith when the two met in the clothing store where Moore worked. He signed a publishing contract with Paragon Music, and began writing songs and singing on demo recordings. While with Paragon he wrote songs for fellow Christian singer and songwriter, Steven Curtis Chapman. Since that time, they have become best friends and have co-written numerous songs together, including the title track on Chapman's 1992 Dove Award and Grammy winning release The Great Adventure.
During the mid-1980s, Moore recorded three solo albums released on the Power Discs label, including Where are the Other Nine?, Over the Edge and The Distance. After signing to Sparrow Records in 1987, he put together a touring band, called "the Distance," to continue with his career.
In 1988, Geoff Moore and the Distance released their first official album together, entitled A Place to Stand. They also recorded Foundations in 1989 for Sparrow Records. After a year of touring, they jumped to Forefront Records and recorded Pure and Simple in 1990. They followed in 1992 with A Friend Like U. This album would garner them their first real US Christian radio exposure with its title song. This started their most prolific period with the Grammy-nominated albums Evolution in 1993 and Homerun in 1995. This album produced US Christian radio hits like "Evolution Redefined," "Life Together" and "Home Run." The video for "Home Run" featured former Major League All-Star pitcher Tim Burke.
In 1995, Benson released a compilation of hits from Moore's first solo albums titled Familiar Stranger: The Early Works of Geoff Moore. The following year the band released a double-disc greatest hits compilation which contained new unreleased bonus tracks as well as a live concert from Rome, Georgia. In 1997, the band released Threads, another Grammy-nominated album which featured a cover of The Who's "I'm Free" as its lead single. After more than ten years with the Distance, which he called "an incredible journey" in the Star Tribune, Moore decided to disband the group and go his own way in 1998. In 1999 Moore returned to the studio to begin work on a new solo record. This began a new season of his music career which is still active today.
More information on Geoff Moore at Wikipedia:
Early solo years (1984 - 1987):
Geoff Moore & The Distance (1988 - 1998):
The Very Best of Geoff Moore & The Distance (2006) (compilation album)
Later to present solo years (1999 - present):
Every Single One – Part I and II (2005)
All Along The Road – Vol I and II (2006)
Speak to Me (2007)
Saying Grace (2011)
25 Favorites (2013) (compilation album)
The Next Thing (2016)