Big Noise's Al Gomes and A. Michelle are co-producing
Tony Award Winner, Four-time Grammy Nominee, and R&B Icon
Melba Moore's newest CD.
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Back By Popular Demand!
Direct from her SOLD-OUT Cafe Carlyle Engagement
Levi Barcourt, Musical Director
The Rrazz Room at Hotel Nikko
222 Mason Street
San Francisco, CA 94102
Venue Office: 415-394-1189
Wednesday, February 1, 2012 at 8:00 pm
Thursday, February 2, 2012 at 8:00 pm
Friday, February 3, 2012 at 9:00 pm
Saturday, February 4, 2012 at 9:00 pm
Sunday, February 5, 2012 at 7:30 pm
Tickets: $40 and $45 and are available at MelbaMoore.com
March 6-10 and 13-17
The Colony's Royal Room
155 Hammon Avenue
Palm Beach, FL 33480
Doors will open at 6:45 p.m for dinner
followed by show at 8 pm
with late shows on some Fridays and Saturdays
For reservations, call 659-8100
was destined to be a star! Hailing from a musical family,
Ms. Moore graduated from the famed Arts High School in Newark,
New Jersey. At the encouragement of her parents, she went
on to pursue music education at Montclair State University,
but her inner voice told her she had to see if she could
make it as a performer. Ms. Moore's stepfather, pianist
Clement Moorman, introduced her to several agents which
eventually landed her a role in the cult classic musical
HAIR. It was in HAIR that Ms. Moore became the first African-American
woman to replace a white actress, who happened to be the
acclaimed Diane Keaton, in a lead role on Broadway. A year
and a half later, she starred in 'Purlie,' which earned
her a TONY Award for her portrayal as Lutiebelle' Ms. Moore
later appeared alongside the iconic Eartha Kitt as Marsinah
in the musical 'Timbuktu!'
Although Ms. Moore enjoyed working on Broadway, she didn't want to forget about her first love - music. Deciding to focus more on her recording career, she made her debut on Mercury Records with 'I Am Love,' followed by 'Look What You're Doing To The Man.' She was nominated for a Grammy Award for Best New Artist. During this time, television shows (including her own variety show for CBS), numerous Grammy nominations and recordings followed. Ms. Moore was a regular on The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson as well as The Flip Wilson Show. She scored a string of Billboard Charted hits with songs like 'This Is It' and 'You Stepped Into My Life.' Ms. Moore was the first female pop artist to do a non-operatic solo concert at New York City's Metropolitan Opera House.
Ms. Moore continued to enjoy great success musically with such chart topping songs as 'Love's Comin' At Ya,' 'Keepin' My Lover Satisfied,' 'Living For Your Love,' and 'Read My Lips,' for which she received a Grammy nomination for Best Female Rock Vocal. She had two Billboard #1 hit singles for 'Falling' and 'A Little Bit More,' a duet with Freddie Jackson.
Ms. Moore later released 'Soul Exposed' which featured a stellar version of 'Lift Every Voice and Sing.' It featured such artists as Freddie Jackson, Stevie Wonder, Aretha Franklin, Dionne Warwick, Jeffrey Osborne, Lou Gossett Jr., Bobby Brown, Anita Baker, and Stephanie Mills. During this period Ms. Moore worked hard on her philanthropy. One of her major accomplishments was being instrumental in having 'Lift Every Voice and Sing' inducted in the United States Library of Congress as the official Negro National Anthem. She worked strongly with Dr. Dorothy I. Height and the National Council of Negro Women as their national membership chairwoman. She also worked with Dr. C. Delores Tucker and the National Congress of Black Women. Ms. Moore also has a deep passion for children, especially those who were abandoned, abused, and born with AIDS and addicted to crack. She gave her time working with Hale House and also founded her own organization, The Melba Moore Foundation for Children.
Ms. Moore later returned to Broadway in the lead role of Fantine in the musical 'Les Miserables.' She became the first African-American actress to step into that role in the acclaimed musical. More recently, she starred with Beyonce and Cuba Gooding Jr. in the motion picture 'The Fighting Temptations.'
Currently, Ms. Moore is working on an autobiography with professor and former New York Times writer Mel Watkins detailing all of her achievements over the span of her career.
She is also currently in the studio working on a new album which will be executive-produced by Big Noise's Al Gomes and A. Michelle. The album will contain tracks produced by Rahni Song, Dominic McFadden (son of the late Gene McFadden of McFadden and Whitehead), multi-platinum producer Phil Greene, and Al Gomes and A. Michelle.
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