City Confidential
By Drew Walen
Martha Moore
She gives 'good phone'

If you live in the land of the media, you are inundated with press releases, phone calls and e-mail from countless public relations personnel. Sometimes you get one you can't wait to hear from. Martha Moore is one such agent, and it comes from decades of experience.

Getting her start as a copywriter for WKGN in Knoxville in 1976, she's since worked for MCA/ABC Records in artist development, Polygram as director of press and artist relations, and in 1988 started her current firm So Much Moore Media & Marketing. He clients have included Johnny Cash, Bon Jovi, Kathy Mattea, KISS, Def Leppard, Cameo, Hank Cochran and Kris Kristofferson, to name a select few. When not touting the brilliance of others, she spends time with her husband Ed Fussell, plays with her standard poodle Capt. Jean Luc Picard, travels, roller skates, bowls, dances, plays volleyball and roots for the Titans.


What did you think you'd be doing by this time in your life?
Running an advertising agency.

What would you eat if it was your last meal on earth?
Bruschetta, angel hair pasta, and a good Italian wine.

What are you a "sucker" for?
Colorful sweaters, spy and detective books, and movies with spectacular special effects and lots of karate moves.

Finish this sentence, "I'd rather be drug through cactus naked than ____."
Go to the gynecologist.

What is your favorite Nashville restaurant?
It's a toss-up between Antonio's in Bellevue and Houston's (depends on my mood).

What kind of music do you listen to on your way to work in the morning?
I have a home office, so when I go out I listen to XM Satellite Radio Channels CHROME (dance music) and CNN.

If you could invite three celebrities to a slumber party, who would they be?
Meryl Streep, Anthony Hopkins and Tom Cruise.

What is the nicest thing anyone has ever done for you?
It's too hard to choose - it's amazing that people do nice things for me every day.

What quote guides your life?
"Martha, you can do anything you set your mind and heart to," Maribelle R. Moore (my mom).

What would you like to do but are too chicken to try?

What wouldn't you be caught dead wearing?
Pedal pushers.

If you were a road sign, what would you say?
This way leads to all possibilities and opportunities.

What would others be surprised to know about you?
That I really do have a temper.

If you could have a talent you don't already have, what would it be?
To be a great sports photographer.

How do you reconnect with your soul?
Sit on the beach and watch the ocean (and remember that we are all just a spec on this earth).

What should the title of your autobiography be?
She Gives Great Phone!

Who should play you in the movies?
Marisa Tomei.