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J Moss

     
J Moss

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Biography

As one-third of the writing and production team PAJAM, 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, PAJAM's groundbreaking work with Trin-i-Tee 5:7, Hezekiah Walker, Michelle Williams (of Destiny's Child) and others has helped bring an accessible style of Gospel music to general Urban audiences. And the team's subsequent contributions for secular artists such as Patti LaBelle, Dru Hill, Boyz II Men and Kelly Price have made PAJAM one of modern music's most sought-after production teams. But hidden behind PAJAM's success as writers and producers has been the fact that J Moss is an excellent Gospel vocalist.

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, 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 as PAJAM. 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 -- which was produced in part by the newly formed PAJAM -- became a smash and introduced the Gospel world to a new production powerhouse.

Over the next seven years, the PAJAM team became Gospel music's most prolific hitmakers and 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.

Considering that PAJAM's work has been seen by many as a fairly revolutionary blending of Gospel and hip-hop, The J Moss Project was surprisingly traditional. The disc generally relied on familiar arrangements and keeps its focus on Moss's clear tenor voice and the strong backing choir. The disc included a number of upbeat Gospel numbers (such as such as "Don't Pray and Worry" and "Psalm 150") similar in nature to what might be heard on a Smokie Norful album. There were also a number of sweet ballads, including the Tonex-like "Give You More" and the lyrically strong "We Must Praise." However, the best cuts were those that played to PAJAM's genre-bending strength, such as the hot "I Wanna Be," a wonderful dance number that deserves airplay on both Gospel and Urban stations, and "Livin," a funky Prince-influenced cut that displays Moss's excellent falsetto and which is perhaps the album's high point.

PAJAM will outdoubtedly continue to be a sought-after writing and production team for years to come. But Project successfully introduces J Moss as a top-notch Gospel vocalist and performer who has successfully moved out from "behind the board" to release one of this year's best Gospel recordings.

Moss released his follow-up album, V2, in April, 2007.

By Chris Rizik


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J Moss new cd

I really enjoy J Moss new cd as always J is doing his thing. God is really blessing him, And pray that people more people will support his music. Lets support our gos pel artist and put them where they should be ON TOP. And by the way the song florida,J the message is REAL. KEEP DOING YOUR THING. FROM ROSE

YOU ARE JUST AWESOME, GOD IS GOOD ALL THE TIME

Chaplain, Dr. Elvira C.Zee-Handley
Broken Vessel MInistries Inc.

HELLO J MOSS, WISHING YOU BLESSING IN NUMBERS TO LARGE TO COUNT. ONE DAY I WANT YOU TO WRITE A SONG ABOUT PEOPLE WITH PROBLEMS SO BIG THEY ARE ASHAME TO COME TO THE LORD. THE NAME OF MY MINISTRY IS BROKEN VESSEL MINISTRIES AND WE ARE ALL BROKEN UNTIL GOD COMES INTO OUR LIVES AND HEALS US. I NEED A SONG THAT SPEAKS OF HEALING FOR THE DEEPLY WOUNDED AND BROKEN PEOPLE. THOSE THAT FEEL THEY HAVE NOTHING TO COME TO CHRIST FOR. I HAVE A MINISTRY FOR "ABUSERS AND OFFENDERS" NO BODY EVERY TELLS THEM THAT EVEN THOUGH THEY HAVE DESTROYED SOMEONE ELSES LIFE, GOD CAN AND WILL FORGIVE AND HEAL THEM TOO. THESE MEN AND WOMEN ARE ALWAYS OVERLOOKED AND DISCOUNTED AS BAD OR AS THE ENEMY. GOD SAID IN THE LAST DAYS I WILL POUR OUT MY SPIRIT ON ALL FLESH, THIS MEANS THE VERY SINNERS WE IGNORE OR FAIL TO APPEAL TO ARE THE ONES GOD WILL BE USING ONEDAY SOON. GRANDMA LOWERY AND THE WHOLE FAMILY SAYS HI WE LOVE THE VIDEO. HOPE TO TALK TO YOU SOON. LOVE YOU, CHRIS

Hey J Moss, I really enjoy

Hey J Moss, I really enjoy listen to you and watching you perform..Your voice is awesome for the ear. I was hoping you were still on myspace, but you weren't. That means you didn't see any of my advertisement for our CD Releasing concert in GA. Please check it out on www.cdbaby.com. The name of our group is Voices of Encouragement, and the title is "Have Mercy".. You can even hear samples of our songs. We (our group) have been singing together for a long, yes a long time. We are all sisters and cousins. Can I ask ONE more favor? Can you let me know what you think about our music?

Hope to hear from you soon,
June
junesanford@yahoo.com

J MOSS has done it again.

J MOSS has done it again. Each album has a freshness to it. Holy One and Anointing are my favorite tracks. Can't wait to hear it on the radio. Congrads J Moss on your upcoming multi platinum album. Praise God. Take Care.

God bless you J Moss. I just

God bless you J Moss. I just want to say that ever since I have been listening to your music they have been blessing my soul especially these three tracks "I will give you more", not afraid and there is praise on the inside. I need to know how can I get you to perform at a Youth Gospel Concert in new york.