Dee Moore: Birmingham-based gospel diva

Sunday 1st July 2001

DEE MOORE talks to Mike Rimmer

Dee Moore
Dee Moore

Mike: How would you describe your ministry focus?

Dee: My ministry focus is simple, I want to reach anyone -Christian or non-Christian, young or old - who is broken, in pain and feels that no one cares about them. I'm here to tell them that Jesus loves them and he is the answer.

Mike: Tell me about the songs on the EP.

Dee: Each of the songs on the EP is born out of my own personal experiences and each of the songs represents a different stage of my spiritual, emotional and personal development. For example, I wrote "Reaching Out To You" when I was going through a low time. I opened the Bible and the Scripture I turned to told me that Jesus was with me. I realised at that point that all along although I knew God was there, I hadn't turned to him and yet he still wanted to help me. I felt the Lord minister to my heart with words of comfort, therefore the words of the song are written in first person narrative, because as the Lord ministered to me. I wrote it down.

The second song for me was about recognising that you can give God your problems, but then you have to trust him to take care of them. You have to "Let Go And Let God" and letting go was definitely the hardest and most painful thing for me to deal with. This song expresses the anguish I felt at the difficult time when I wrote the song. The lyrics are very personal and reflect the inner turmoil I felt. I knew in my heart that all I had to do was let go and claim my healing, but I was hiding in that comfort zone. However God had other ideas!

When I wrote "Defined", I was actually quite angry - angry because for many years I had accepted the negative and damaging things that the Devil put in my head: that I was nothing, there was no point in me being alive, that no one loved me and many, many other things. I said that no, I won't be "Defined" by the enemy, because all he wants to do is destroy me. But God loved me and therefore what he thought of me was what I should be worried about.

Mike: You recently went to Nigeria to minister. What impacted you during your time there?

Dee: Their humility really struck me. It's amazing how much we take for granted here in the West. Even the poorest person tithed, they tithed in food, can you imagine that? When I sang, I was aided by the spirit of worship there. The Holy Spirit was free and I felt him minister through me. Five young men came to the altar at the end of the concert to give their lives to God. It was wonderful to see and this is what made the trip extra special.

Mike: Now that you've released the EP, are you going to be playing live?

Dee: Yes. With my band we're going to be playing live in different parts of the UK for the remainder of 2001. I'm looking forward to the tour. All I want to see is people getting saved, people being healed spiritually, physically and emotionally and for God to do exactly what he wants to do.

Mike: Who are your favourite singers/bands/influences?

Dee: Ooooo, so many! Where do I begin? The Clark Sisters, Trin-I-Tee 5:7, Kirk Franklin, Fred Hammond, Mary Mary, Destiny's Child, Be Be and Ce Ce Winans, Monica, Brandy, Kelly Price, Raymond And Co, Nu Joi, dc Talk, Commissioned, Marvin Sapp, Gospel Gangstaz, Spanna and more!

Mike: Finally, do you have any hidden talents?

Dee: I can pat my head whilst rubbing my stomach! CR

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