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J Moss has, almost invisibly, become one of the most powerful forces in modern Gospel and Soul music. Combining traditional spiritual messages with modern arrangements and hip hop beats, J Moss has performed groundbreaking work with Trin-i-Tee 5:7, Hezekiah Walker, Michelle Williams (of Destiny's Child) and has helped others bring an accessible style of Gospel music to general Urban audiences. He has made subsequent contributions for secular artists such as Patti LaBelle, Dru Hill, Boyz II Men and Kelly Price.
Born and raised in Detroit as James Moss, the son of Gospel star Bill Moss, Sr., J spent much of his childhood on tours with his father's popular group, Bill Moss and the Celestials, and his cousins, the Clark Sisters. As an early teen, J was teamed with his brother Bill Jr. in the singing duo, The Moss Brothers. They toured on weekends around the Midwest and recorded two major label albums during their seven years together. In this period J was developing as a fine keyboardist and a burgeoning songwriter, and was also learning first-hand the business of music. He attended Michigan State University for two years, but the desire to write and perform was too strong, and he left, seeking a career in music.
Upon his return to Detroit, J Moss signed with a small local Christian label and released two unsuccessful albums. More importantly, around this time he became acquainted with Paul Allen and Walter Kearney, and the three began working together.
Moss spent the mid-90s touring with the Clark Sisters, and was signed, along with Karen Clark-Sheard, to Island Records in 1996 to record a solo album. While his album did not generate much attention, Clark's became a smash and introduced the Gospel world to a new production powerhouse.
Over the next seven years, the his production team became Gospel music's most prolific hit-makers and J Moss attained a stature within the industry beyond his wildest expectations. However, his desire to perform never went away, and in 2003 he and Allen began writing songs for what would ultimately become "The J Moss Project," which was released in September 2004 on giant Gospo Centric Records.
Project successfully introduced J Moss as a top-notch Gospel vocalist and performer.
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