Different Moon was founded in 2015 by North Carolina (USA) songwriter Jim Piper. During his high school years, Piper met a fellow keyboardist and songwriter, Mike Smith. Over the next 20 years they collaborated on 50 songs together under the moniker Desert Rain. Then at the early age of 37, Smith passed away. Piper decided to honor his friend by releasing the debut Different Moon EP Desert Rain in 2015, introducing to the public five of their co-written songs. Encouraged by several international songwriting honors and interest from new fans, Piper decided to continue writing and releasing new songs as Different Moon. Between 2016 and 2019, Piper released two additional EP’s and several singles, while receiving over twenty international songwriting nominations. While the music of Different Moon continues to evolve, its foundation is a blend of alternative, pop, and rock melodically crafted together and each song features a guest vocalist working with Piper to deliver a distinguished performance.
History - Long Bio
Learning to play piano during his high school years, Jim Piper found a creative outlet and connection to songwriting. During this time, Piper met a fellow keyboardist and songwriter, Mike Smith. Over the next 20 years they co-wrote 50 songs together under the moniker Desert Rain. But at the early age of 37, Smith passed away. Distraught by the loss of one of his closest friends, Piper chose to pay homage to his late friend by publicly releasing several songs they had written together. So in 2015, Piper worked with a team of four musicians at StudioPros, Inc. based in Los Angeles, CA to re-record five songs co-written by Piper and Smith. At that point, Piper founded Different Moon and released the debut EP Desert Rain paying homage to Smith and their 20 year friendship.
Following the release of Desert Rain in November 2015, three of the five songs received international songwriting accolades, including placing in the finals of the 2015 Hollywood Songwriting Competition and the 2016 American Songwriting Awards. Encouraged by the songwriting honors, and interest from new fans who enjoyed the songs, Piper decided to continue writing and releasing new songs as Different Moon. Collaborating with his same team of musicians, Piper released a second Different Moon EP, Hourglass seven months later in May, 2016. Four songs received honorable mentions in songwriting competitions, including Without You, which also reached #1 on the Alt-Rock Broadjam Music Chart in December, 2016 and remained at the top of the chart through May, 2017.
In early 2017, Piper set his sights on writing new songs for a third Different Moon EP, Edge of Invisibility, which was later released in June, 2017. The five song EP veers in the direction of mainstream adult alternative rock, featuring haunting piano melodies, edgy guitar riffs, and thunderous drums. Shortly thereafter, four of the five songs on the EP were named semi-finalists in the 2017 UK International Songwriting Contest. The first single from the EP - Under the Shadow began playing on commercial radio airwaves the week of July 17, 2017, and reached #83 on the FMQB Top 200 AC Chart a month later for the week ending August 18, 2017. On October 25, 2017, the song moved into the Top 40 peaking at #29. In 2018, a new single called Two Halves Broken was released on May 23, 2018, and it was chosen as a "Top 5 Best Songs of the Month" in the June 2018 issue of SongwriterUniverse magazine. This was followed up by another single Kryptonite on July 27, 2018, which was named a semi-finalist in the 2018 UK International Songwriting Contest and a finalist in the 2018 SongDoor International Songwriting Competition. In November 2018, an original Christmas song was released called Christmas Time (Light of Peace), which was also signed to a contract with music licensing company, NOMA Music. On March 15, 2019, a new single was released called From Myth to Legend, broadening into the alternative electronic pop genre.
2018 Top 5 Best Songs of June - Two Halves Broken
UK International Songwriting Contest
2019 Semi-Finalist - From Myth to Legend
2018 Semi-Finalist - Kryptonite
2017 Finalist - Run
2017 Semi-Finalist - A Face in the Crowd, Turning Point, Under the Shadow
ISC International Songwriting Competition
2017 Semi-Finalist - Under the Shadow
American Songwriting Awards
2016 Finalist - Blue-Collar Lover
Hollywood International Songwriting Contest
2015 Finalist - Time Stand Still
SongDoor International Songwriting Competition
2018 Finalist - Kryptonite
2017 Finalist - Turning Point
2017 Honorable Mention - A Face in the Crowd
2016 Honorable Mention - Open Another Door & Won't Give Up
2015 Honorable Mention - Blue-Collar Lover & Call My Name
Song of the Year Songwriting Competition
2016 Semi-Finalist - Best in Me & Without You
Broadjam 6-Pack International Songwriting Competition
2017 - 3rd Place Overall