On her album Coverage, out Oct. 21, Mandy Moore sings hits by Elton John, Cat Stevens, Joni Mitchell and others.
You're 19. Nixon was President when Moonshadow came out. How did you get into this music?
I didn't grow up listening to any of this. But I thought, I have a duty to know this stuff. So I perused the aisles at record stores and picked up some greatest hits.
You didn't tell your record company what you were up to. I was afraid I'd end up doing, you know, Olivia Newton-John.
You play the President's daughter in...