Melba Moore, has embarked on yet another new adventure by releasing her first gospel recording.
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"I'm Still here," written and produced by Shirley Murdock and her husband Dale Degrot, and several top notch songwriters promises to be worth the 10 year wait, and an awesome musical testimony of her trials and triumphant return to the elite inner circle of the artistic elements of this universe.
"Sweet Songs of the Soul," her two act one-woman play with music has been touted by critics as "Brilliant," "Authentic," "Inspiring," "Poignant," as well as proof that not only can she sing anything from "Gospel" to "Opera," but that she is absolutely gifted as a storyteller; literally mesmerizing her audiences!
She began her career in the ground breaking musical "Hair," where she originated the role of Dionne. During her 18 months in the show, she eventually replaced Dianne Keaton; becoming the first black actress to replace a white actress is a lead role on Broadway.
Her credits include "The Melba Moore / Clifton Davis Show," the mini-series "Ellis Island," R & B and POP hits "This Is It," "You Stepped Into My Life," and her Grammy nominated signature "song, "Lean On Me."
Her 1990 recording of "Lift Every Voice and Sing," was instrumental in having the song entered into the Congressional Record as the official African American National Anthem.
Directly on the heels of "Hair," came the role of Lutiebelle Gussiemae Jenkins, the innocent southern domestic who falls in love with a fast-talking preacher, in the long running musical, "Purlie," the role which launched her successful TV and recording career.Her show-stopping performance in "Purlie," won Melba the Tony Award for Best Supporting Actress In A Musical, again making her the first black actress to do so.
In 1996 history repeated itself the third time when Melba took over the role of "Fantine" in the Broadway musical "Les Miserables." She was the first Black actress to step into the leading role in that milestone Broadway musical.Ms. Moore is deeply spiritual, seeking daily wisdom from the Bible. She is an ardent advocate for the rights of children resulting in her "Melba Moore Foundation for Abused & Neglected Children."
This multifaceted artist / philanthropist is always reaching deeper, pressing harder, ever challenging herself; keeping her audience on the edge of their seats, knowing that whatever happens next will be at least, as exciting as what happened before.
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