Cole Moran is a 17-year old award winning harmonica performer. He currently lives by the beach with his mom, dad and younger brother in a house full of musical instruments.
Cole was born Blind with CHARGE like syndrome. He has cognitive delays, apraxia of speech, and early on-set scoliosis. Cole has undergone 9 corrective surgeries for his scoliosis at Johns Hopkins Children's Center and was invited to perform recently at the Setting Scoliosis Straight's annual Give Backs Hope charity event.
Cole has had many challenges in his life. He did not walk until he was 2 and did not speak until he was 5. Doctor appointments and surgeries in Baltimore became so frequent that the family moved from the beach to the city for 14 years. During which time Cole attended the Maryland School for the Blind.
Before Cole was walking and talking his parents realized he had great rhythm and pitch. While he was introduced to all types of music and instruments ranging from drums, guitar, piano and trumpet,
Cole gravitated towards the harmonica for it's small size and fiddle like tones. Cole plays them upside down and is a quick study with new techniques and songs.
Coles father Frankie Moran is a professional musician and by age 12 Cole was joining him onstage, quickly becoming the star of the show. The father/son duo "Blind Wind" was formed. They have since performed all over the U.S. sharing the stage with Blues Traveler and opening for many other acts including LeAnn Rymes, Collective Soul, Joan Jett, Cris Jansen, Jimmie Allen and Trace Adkins.
Cole has been featured on Voice of America, NPR and countless local news outlets and publications. He's also been a featured performer at HOHNER harmonica road shows. In 2015 Cole won the Adult Band category at the Berlin Fiddlers Convention and he won the Open Instrument (Harmonica) category there in 2019.
Cole is a two time winner of the National Youth Scholarship Award for (SPAH) Society for the Preservation and Advancement of the Harmonica in 2016 San Antonio TX, and 2018 St. Louis MO.
Cole's musical style includes Americana, Bluegrass, Country, Rock, Blues and Reggae. Some of his favorite artists and bands are Old Crow Medicine Show, Johnny Cash, Blues Traveler, Bob Marley and the Beatles to name a few.
Cole's interests include traveling, listening to music, playing music, swimming, hanging out with his family at the beach, and Disney World.
Our mission is to inspire the world, give confidence and break down social barriers no matter what physical or mental disabilities one might have.
Music is Cole's life and he wants to share it with everyone.
Cole wins the 2018 Youth Scholarship Award from The Society for the Preservation and Advancement of the Harmonica!