THE place to be!
CD Release Celebration for ‘The J Moss Project’
Photos By: Karen Hunt-Barker
(From L-R: Walter Kearney, J Moss, and Paul Allen)
J. Moss, Wife Melanie, and youngest son, JaMel
Producer, composer, singer, engineer, and musician (not to mention a great dancer), J. Moss, released his long awaited album, “The J. Moss Project,” on October 12, 2004. Singles “I Wanna Be” and “We Must Praise” are already leaping up the charts and illustrate the diversity of this multi-talented gospel artist.
J Moss and Detroit Gospel.com’s Renee’
On Monday, October 25, Greater Grace Temple in Detroit was THE place to be as J. Moss and P.A.J.A.M. celebrated their CD Release “red carpet style.” Detroit Gospel.com’s writer/producer, Renee’; photographer, Karen Hunt-Barker; and radio show host/writer, Carl B. Phillips were on hand to soak up the ambiance, fellowship with gospel music’s finest, and celebrate the release of “The J. Moss Project.”
J. Moss sings from his new CD, “The J Moss Project”
Detroit Gospel.com’s Carl B and gospel artist Lexi
Artists on-hand included Fred Hammond, Marvin Winans, Kierra “Kiki” Sheard, Karen Clark Sheard, PAJAM, Ramiyah, Bill and Essie Moss (J. Moss’ parents), Lexi, Vanessa Bell Armstrong, Jackie Clark, Sonnie Day, Brandon Perry (The Psalmist), Darius Twyman, and 21:03 (the latest gospel singing sensation from P.A.J.A.M.). Industry members there to support Detroit’s own included, Deborah Smith-Pollard (WJLB), Larry Robinson (God’s World), Walter Kearney (PAJAM), Paul Allen (PAJAM), Keisha Allen (Straight Gate Church), Carl B. Phillips (PraiseFest), Jamillah Muhammed (Mix 92.3), Michael J. Mindingall (Majestic Records) and the hard-working staff of Detroit Gospel.com. Lewis Gibbs, VP of the Word Network, was there with his crew video taping.
J. Moss shows off his moves
The evening was hosted by Keisha Allen, wife of P.A.J.A.M. producer Paul Allen. One of the highlights of the evening was J. Moss’ mom, Evangelist Essie Moss, praying for J. and the guys of PAJAM. It was definitely a “family affair” as proud parents (Bill and Essie Moss), brothers, sisters, nieces, nephews, cousins (including Clark Sisters Jackie and Karen), wife, and sons came out in full force to support their own. PAJAM producers Paul Allen and Walter Kearney expressed their thanks for everyone’s support of PAJAM and presented roses to radio personalities Deborah Smith-Pollard and Rev. Mother (whose roses were accepted by Antia Birchette, Program & Music Director for 1340 AM, on behalf of Rev. Mother).
Keyboardist, Bill Moss (J. Moss’ brother)
The many who turned out for the celebration were treated to sets from Ramiyah, 21:03, and the man of the hour, J. Moss with his talented back-up singers (including J Moss’ niece) and band (which includes brother Bill Moss on keyboards). J. Moss demonstrated his musical versatility by going from fast paced songs like, “I Wanna Be” to the melodic praise and worship song, “We Must Praise”.
Detroit Gospel.com’s Renee’ and radio show host and professor Dr. Deborah Smith Pollard
Detroit radio host, Deborah Smith Pollard, commented on listener reaction the first time she played, “We Must Praise” on her FM98 WJLB radio show, “Strong Inspirations.” One of the listeners was none other than Marvin Winans, broadcasting his own Sunday morning gospel radio show down the hall on FM 92 WMXD. Pastor Winans then turned right around a played “We Must Praise” on his radio show to rave reviews from his listeners.
Pastor Marvin Winans and Detroit Gospel.com’s Renee’
In spite of it being a “work night,” the celebration continued well into the evening as supporters mingled with gospel music’s elite. All agreed that J. Moss and P.A.J.A.M. had “done it again!”
J. Moss sings “We Must Praise”
“The J Moss Project” Track List
2. I Wanna Be
3. Don’t Pray & Worry
4. We Must Praise
5. You Brought Me
6. Livin’ 4
7. Unto Thee
8. Don’t Let
9. The More I Think
10. Psalm 150
11. Give You More
12. Me Again
13. Work Your Faith [bonus]