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Posted at 11:44 AM ET, 09/20/2006

Hollywood Mystery: Demi's Disappearing Music Career

By Liz Kelly

Last year, a few soft news items appeared about Demi Moore taking singing lessons to record a track for the upcoming movie, "Bobby," in which she plays songstress Virginia Fallon. Said a source at the time to the New York Post: "She is actually pretty good. Her voice is not bad."

Maybe that's because it wasn't her first time behind a microphone. If this Internet evidence is credible, Ms. Moore was once a budding chanteuse herself.


Demi with first husband Freddy Moore, circa 1983. (Photo courtesy Demophonic Music)

The year was 1982 and one Demetria Gene Guynes was then married to musician Freddy Moore. Although she'd already turned in a few forgettable acting gigs, Demi was hedging her bets. With help from her husband and his band, she recorded five demo songs -- heavy on pop, keyboards and sax reminiscent of Rob Lowe in "St. Elmo's Fire." The scratchy voice fronting the tracks sounds unmistakably like that of Demi Moore.

It's been said before and I say it again: She is actually pretty good. Her voice is not bad.

But is it really Demi? And, if so, what happened to her budding musical career?

According to IMDB.com, her acting career took off soon after as she found regular work on "General Hospital," then became a central figure in the Brat Pack, starring in movies like the afore-mentioned "St. Elmo's Fire," "About Last Night..." and "One Crazy Summer."

By 1985, her marriage to Freddy Moore was over. She briefly dated Emilio Estevez (who, coincidentally, directs the upcoming "Bobby") and married Bruce Willis in 1987.

Mentions of her singing career are conspicuously absent from online biographies and articles. She did portray a singer in 1984's "No Small Affair" opposite John Cryer, but an IMDB message board thread on the film claims someone else's voice was used for the singing.

One further question: As far as I can tell, these demos have been available on the Internet since 2003. Why haven't they surfaced for the past three years?

Talk about Hollywood mysteries. Take that, "Black Dahlia."

Celebritology field agents Arthur Noll and Maura McCarthy contributed to this report.

By Liz Kelly  | September 20, 2006; 11:44 AM ET
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Comments

Well, she also played a singer in "One Crazy Summer" and did a couple of songs. Can her singing in that film be confirmed or was that another singer as well?

Posted by: CentrevilleMom | September 20, 2006 12:21 PM | Report abuse

Did Demi do her own singning as Esmerelda (spelling?) in Disney's Hunchback of Notre Dame?

Posted by: Anonymous | September 20, 2006 12:41 PM | Report abuse

From a very cursory Internet search, looks like Demi did do her own singing in "One Crazy Summer" but in "Hunchback" the singing was done by Heidi Mollenhauer.

Posted by: Liz | September 20, 2006 12:50 PM | Report abuse

What are the odds that Freddy Moore's wikipedia entry was written by anyone other than Freddy Moore? Pretty small, I'd say.

Posted by: celebrat | September 20, 2006 1:36 PM | Report abuse

Good call, celebrat. His bio lands solidly in the 90th percentile on the unintentional comedy scale. I love the way that none of the "quotes" in the article are attributed, like we're just supposed to guess that these pearls of
wisdom eminate from the lips of Frederick Moore. But my fave line, by far is "Moore continued his apprenticeship with the media in Minnesota, keeping to himself, teaching friends to play, writing prolifically, and growing up with the music, always one step ahead of the trends." Yeah, like the bug-eyed guy with the mullett was really defining popular culture in the day -- unless you call defining Suzie Quattro's fashion sense as being "ahead of the trends".

Posted by: Party of One | September 20, 2006 3:06 PM | Report abuse

What caught my eye was the Demetria. All this time I believed some interview published in a magazine (maybe even Esquire) in which Demi said (possibly the tongue-in-cheek wasn't noted by the interviewer?) her name, Demi, came when her mother thought it was cute when she saw it in an ad for demi-cup bras.

Posted by: skeptical | September 20, 2006 4:11 PM | Report abuse

I listened to the tracks, and I suppose it COULD be her, but I'm hardly convinced. It sounds like every 80s girl singer who wanted to be in the Bangles.

Posted by: Mike | September 20, 2006 5:21 PM | Report abuse

Can't believe Demi let that catch get away from her......

Posted by: Anonymous | September 21, 2006 11:20 AM | Report abuse

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