Songwriting Accolades

SongwriterUniverse Magazine
2018 Top 5 Best Songs of June - Two Halves Broken
UK International Songwriting Contest
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
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


Different Moon was founded in 2015 by North Carolina songwriter Jim Piper as a way to honor his long-time friend and co-writer Mike Smith, who passed away several years earlier. The debut EP - Desert Rain, introduces five songs originally co-written by Piper and Smith. The music is a blend of alternative, classic, and adult contemporary rock melodically crafted together, and each song features a guest vocalist working with Piper to deliver a distinguished performance. Musical influences include the likes of Coldplay, Pink Floyd, Radiohead, and R.E.M.



Learning to play the piano in the early 80s, Jim found a creative outlet and connection to songwriting. During his high school years, Jim met a fellow keyboardist and songwriter, Mike Smith. Over the next 20 years they co-wrote over 50 songs together under the moniker Desert Rain. But at the age of 37, Mike passed away. Distraught by the loss of one of his closest friends, Jim decided to honor his late friend by publicly releasing several songs they had written together. So in 2015, Jim 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, Jim founded Different Moon and released the debut EP Desert Rain paying homage to Mike 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 support from new fans who enjoyed the songs, Jim decided to continue writing and releasing new songs as Different Moon. Collaborating with his same team of musicians, Jim 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, Jim 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 Song 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.