The Contenders are a new young Los Angeles band, creating original music in North Hollywood CA. They have strong roots in Alternative Rock.
They are a rock band at first glance, but the swirling string arrangements, pop bass lines, and flowing rhythms of each song, present the band in a new light. Each member of the band comes from a different background of musical training, and each member offers a unique perspective on what The Contenders should be. This synthesis of different influences, and common love of performing on stage, creates the dynamic that makes The Contenders.
The Contenders Line Up:
Adam Moses - singer/songwriter/guitar
David Ohana - guitar
Jair Hernandez - drums
Naftali Moses - bass/swag
Dan Moses- keyboards/super swag
"The Rick Moses of today is a storyteller for the underdog, a chronicler of real life. He notes time and time again that life is full of pain - so get ready. And have faith. The Rick Moses of yesterday was an actor and a musician in Hollywood. He appeared in many feature length films as well as a plethora of television series and yes, even in a soap opera. That’s quite a resume for a man that can musically strip away multiple layers of phony human varnish and reveal the truth suspended below the surface."
~ R J Lannan of
The Sounding Board
Reflected Light- Rick's vocals and delivery remind me of David Bowie a bit (not just in this song, but many of them). I like the beat- very hopeful. The guitar playing really shines through beautifully.
Save My Soul- Like the album description states, his music has a definite point of view which shines through brilliantly on this song.
American Dream- nice keys opening. Gorgeous! I was very drawn to this song. Rick's vocals have a very delicate deliverance."
Album Impression- Once I gave The Reality Express the ‘twice-over’, I stopped viewing it as an album and saw it more as a music book- each song in itself as a chapter with a story you’re on baited breath to see how it unravels and ends. While his songs could easily be individual stand-alones in their own right, the album is cohesive and works as one solid piece, too, and that is the magic of Rick Moses. I’d proudly recommend this album to fans of any age.
~ Jenn Mitchell of
The Heart of the King (2022)
on Solaris Sound and Vision.
Contemporary rock with a definite point of view.
"Rick Moses’ album, The Reality Express, is like a musical goodie box in many ways. You reach in, wondering all the while, what auditory treat you’ll draw next. And you are not disappointed. Each song is different in terms of its melody and lyrics and yet, the album works as a collection, held together by the common threads of a beautiful guitar sound and smoky vocals. If ‘California Night’ is the quintessential heartbreak city song, the funky notes of ‘Zombies with Spoons’ are almost Jamiroquai meeting Elvis’ ‘Blue Suede Shoes’.
Moses’ voice is like a good single malt scotch whisky – rich and smooth - and against the backdrop of the lilting guitar, it gives the album a very Dire Straits-like feel, especially in songs like ‘Last Man Standing’ and ‘American Dream’. This, however, does not take away from the individuality or uniqueness of the album’s overall sound in any way. If anything, it makes the sound more distinctive. All in all, this album is an acoustic journey. You’re sure to enjoy the ride!"
- Tanushree Mukherjee,
Correspondent, The Times of India
"The Reality Express is a fantastic album release from Rick Moses, who happens to be a wonderful tunesmith, guitarist, singer, songwriter, and poet. Yes [he's] one of the finest lyricist of the 21st century.This CD is truly a gift."
~ Robert Mills of The Hailers
of the King"