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 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..

Posted by Brian Ricgardson in Reading, Pa. @ 15:46 on Dec 1 2016

My wife was in need of a spiritual blessing and when I introduced her to the Rev. James Moore we had Church in our home as we were privileged to have him lead us in worship the whole night through. . . .

Posted by Elaine DeBoise in Washington DC @ 23:58 on Nov 15 2016

It's November 2016 and I was on YouTube and saw Rev. James Moore and I played the video of him giving an invitation to Christ and singing Endow me. I had church in my bedroom at 2:00 in the afternoon. The presence of God was so real. Rev. James Moore is still here in spirit. His voice was so powerful, annointed, commanding. OMG! I m so emotional right now reflecting over his music ministry and all the songs he sung. I inspire to be used of God like he was.

Posted by Angelia Herring in RTP, North Carolina @ 14:06 on Jun 23 2016

Every morning I find myself listening to Rev. James Moore-O How I Love Jesus (new arrangement). His vocals are nothing but a gift from the Most High Precious God. The words of the song are so simple to proclaim "O How I Love Jesus." I play it over and over and over again. The choir that accompanied him was truly AMAZING. When he sings Joy (James Moore and the Mississippi Mass Choir) and he joins the audience into the song with him "I'M AT CHURCH" in my office cube. I thank God that he has allowed Rev. Moore's memory to be a continued part of my life. God Bless Your Soul Rev. Moore, as I am truly BLESSED listening/seeing your FAITH, COURAGE AND LOVE FOR CHRIST! God Bless/Rest Your Soul and May Heaven and Earth Continue To Smile Upon You. To his family, thank you for allowing his music to be a continuous BLESSING TO US ALL!

Posted by W. Jack Woodfork in Kohlhof, Saarland, Germany @ 20:54 on Jun 4 2016

Whenever I'm feeling low or down, I ALWAYS find comfort and relief from my sorrows listening to Rev. Moore's inspirational songs, especially "He Was There All the Time". And though he left us at 44, praise God for allowing James to be with us via the Internet and other media for many more years, still.

Posted by Dwight Jones in Dallas,Texas @ 17:42 on May 6 2016

James was an awesome singer truly amazing his voice was wonderfully gifted

Posted by annmarie cameron in miramar, florida @ 11:17 on Apr 14 2016

What a man, what a voice, such an inspiration, gone too soon, but God knows best. He was such an anointed man of God, love him sooooo much. Rest in peace Rev, I know htat you are singing on the choir in heaven. We love you, but Jesus loves you best. RIP until we all meet you again.

Posted by Janine Cox in Durham,NC @ 17:59 on Jan 27 2016

He was a true visionary who went home before his time.
Rest in Peace Man Of GOD!!

Posted by ken in pollard @ 19:47 on Jan 22 2016

Good person him and Bryan Wilson tore it up on a few songs such as Yahweh and behold his name God bless

Posted by Yvonne in Chicago @ 17:34 on Dec 28 2015

This man of God was born the same year I was born and I just seen Oh how I love Jesus video last night and I promise you it truly blessed me. I am so glad he left his legacy for us to still feel the presence of God through his music. Thank you Jesus for sharing Rev. James Moore with us, Amen!!!!

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