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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 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.

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!

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