Rev James Moore Dies

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Tuesday 1st August 2000

Memphi Tennessee has seen the death of singer Rev James Moore

GRAMMY NOMINATED gospel singer the Rev James Moore died in Memphis, Tennessee on June 7th. The 44 year old, Detroit-born singer passed away at the Methodist Central Hospital. The singer rose to prominence in 1974 at the James Cleveland Gospel Music Workshop Of America where he received the Thurston Frazier Scholarship Award. The same year he recorded his first album, 'I Thank You Master', for Savoy. After three albums on Luminar/Light and recordings for Secret and Gospel he returned to Malaco/Savoy where his debut album for Malaco 'Rev James Moore Live' climbed to the top of I Billboard's Gospel Music Chart. That was followed by a guest appearance on the Mississippi Mass Choir album live In Jackson Mississippi', one of the biggest I selling gospel albums of the era staying a record 48 weeks at number one on I Billboard's Gospel Album Chart. In turn, the Mississippi Mass Choir reciprocated to perform on Rev James Moore's album live With The Mississippi Mass Choir", another number one hit. Other successful albums followed with live In Detroit' and "I Will Trust In The Lord'. The latter and 'Live At Jackson State University' were both nominated for Grammy awards.

For years dogged with ill health, the gospel veteran's kidneys stopped functioning in 1994 leaving toxins in his bloodstream that took his eyesight and forced him into dialysis three times a week. James' last recording, 'Family And Friends', took place in February 1999 at his Detroit hometown. A memorial service for the gospel giant took place in Detroit at Bailey Cathedral C.O.G.I.C. on June 13th.

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Reader Comments

Posted by Evangalst Sandra Slo in Charlotte.NC @ 19:21 on Mar 6 2018

I listen to Rev James Moore almost everyday. I feel sad knowing he left us so early in his life. His songs are an inspiration to my very soul. I miss him very much. I had the pleasure of meeting him in Seaside a COGIC church..May God continue to bless his young son who is gifted and his family.

Posted by Sister Darlene in Pompano Beach Florida @ 23:51 on Jan 1 2018

Words can not express what my Brother did for me when he introduced me to my Dear Beloved Brother James Moore! Bread of Heaven has been on repeat ever since...And I am listening and being ministered to by his anointed words of encouraging, his life changing voice & his tenacity to serve GOD anyhow! I feel that I have become a better Christian, Brother Moore pushes me to go harder in my walk, its been less than a week since I learned of him, but it has already made such a positive impact on my life! Glory to GOD!!! His Mother was so blessed to have carried such power! He is truly sent from heaven! All His Music Teachings and Word of Life are Good & Beneficial! So Rare! THANKYOU JESUS!!!!

Posted by Veronica hall in Philadelphia @ 02:50 on Nov 11 2017

Rev. James Moore may not be here physically omg spiritually his anointed voice shall touch any one who listens to his music powerful indeed I thank Jesus for using him in such a marvelous way from the inside out rip I ask the Lord right now to touch everyone in Albert Einstein thank you Lord I love thee forever.

Posted by Marcus Henry in Memphis @ 21:00 on Nov 6 2017

This man was the gospel singer up all gospel singer. I was listening to Joy and decide to google him just to reminisce. I went to a couple of his concert and was just blown away. Thank you God for letting us know this man of God...

Posted by Carolyn Carr in Orlando @ 21:58 on Sep 22 2017

He was a great man of God you could see his light.

Posted by Nessa Jones in Birmingham,AL @ 19:55 on Aug 23 2017

Right now, as I'm typing this...I'm listening to his beautiful voice.....this man was sent from the heavens to bless our ears. I love him I'm a new and forevermore fan....this man has gotten me through time was I became a victim of an abusive relationship....this man even from heaven is helping me heal from my abusive event...

Posted by Mary Dickens in Jesup @ 19:02 on Jun 15 2017

What an anoint voice and minister. I have always been blessed by his songs of worship and praise. Thank God for such an anoint vessel. Truly missed but not forgotten.

Posted by Tasha Brown in North Carolina @ 15:24 on May 7 2017

I remember listening to him on Walter Hawkins Thank You, he took the song to a higher place. His One More Time Part 1&2 is elevating the listerner higher to his song My Relationship which will make you trust god more and hold on to the faith.I miss you Rev. James Moore, R.i.p

Posted by clare saxon in Buffalo NY @ 03:07 on Apr 13 2017

just really learning of him ---- such anointed singer ...sad he had to passed at such a young age.

Reply by Victoria Hare in Los Angeles, CA @ 03:44 on Dec 31 2017

God works in mysterious ways. I just happened to be riding the train and listening to gospel music when a young man, who honestly looked as if he was a gangbanger to me, sat next to me and after a while asked if I was listening to gospel. (He could hear through my earbuds). When I replied yes he said that he wanted me to hear a song and took my phone to find it. It was "Joy" by Rev. James Moore. I too was unfamiliar with his work for God, but NOW cannot stop listening to him. He continues to minister to me with his anointed voice. I thank God for his life on earth. One reason we should never judge - forever grateful to the brother on the train. I absolutely love Rev. James Moore. Thank you, God!

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Posted by Aaron in Rochester new york @ 02:57 on Jan 10 2017

I was incarcerated in upstate new York and days I was feeling down yes lord was my favorite I've been a fan of his music ever sense I'm a free man and I'm still listen to his music he is a blessing where God use him to touch our hearts and soul God bless..

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