Mandy Moore is looking back on her early days in pop music and she doesn’t have any regrets. The star of This Is Us
(Tuesdays at 9 p.m. on CTV) is returning to her musical roots with her new album Silver Landings
(out March 6) and has released a beautiful #TBT with her latest single from the album, “Fifteen.”The lyrics for Moore’s new track have the singer reminiscing about her days as a bubble gum pop princess, starting with the release of her 1999 hit “Candy
,” which reached #41 on the Billboard Chart and earned her an opening spot on tours for both NSYNC and Backstreet Boys. Releasing the song at only 15, Moore has now had enough time to reflect on that period in her life and embrace her early work rather than run from it. Plus, who isn’t embarrassed by their teen years? Most of us are just lucky there isn't video evidence on YouTube.[video_embed id='5380671118001']RELATED: Get nostalgic with Mandy Moore's throwback pic with JT[/video_embed]The stripped down folk pop song puts Moore’s soothing vocals front and centre as she sings “Glow sticks, pink cotton candy / A touch of glitter on her lips / On parade for the radio station / So they’ll play her biggest hits / Missed prom / Missed graduation / No college in the fall / On the road with the boy bands singing for the people in the mall.”Although “Fifteen” has a decidedly somber tone, Moore finds the silver lining (or silver landing) in her early fame, singing “Learning to love / All the imperfections / Still a part of me Somewhere / Between the demo And the lonely public eye / So real / Real famous /Without even knowing why.”
Moore shared the video, which was filmed in United Studio B in Los Angeles where she recorded most of Silver Landings
and explained how she finally came to embrace her younger self. “It’s been a full circle journey to embrace who I was as a teenager starting off in this industry and forgive my past self for judging her so harshly,” writes Moore
. “For years, I apologized for the creative output of that time but in the making of this new collection of music, I was able to process so much and have come to have great affection for that young girl, that part of me, because she’s the reason I’m here today.”In anticipation of the release of “Fifteen,” which arrives after previously released singles “I’d Rather Lose,” “When I Wasn’t Watching” and “Save A Little For Yourself,” Moore took a trip down memory lane with interviews from her early years in showbiz. Giving fans a history lesson about just how big “Candy” got and what an impact it had on her life, Moore uploaded clips of her 15-year-old self describing her new normal.
Moore’s success with “Candy” helped her land movie roles like A Walk To Remember, The Princess Diaries, Saved!
and Chasing Liberty
. Managing to push past the child star curse, Moore’s career has continued to flourish as an adult, starring in the animated Disney film Tangled
and receiving both a Golden Globe and Emmy nomination for her role as Rebecca Pearson in This Is Us.
[video_embed id='-1']BEFORE YOU GO: Cat sees owner's suitcase, gets vocally sad about it[/video_embed]