OKLAHOMA CITY — Jae Moore doesn’t shy away from the fact that he would love to someday meet the Clark Sisters, Tamela Mann, Kirk Franklin, and Mary Mary, all of whom are renowned gospel music recording artists who have ties in some shape or form to the Church of God In Christ, which is headquartered in Memphis.
“I sit and pray and I also try to put myself in the place of other people when I write so that my music can relate to people,” Moore told Reporter Andre Johnson during a recent interview. “I have not met any big name gospel artists yet.”
Given the immense strides Moore has made in recent years as rising gospel singer, his crossing paths with famous recording artists could very well come to fruition in the foreseeable future.
A native of Tulsa, Oklahoma, Moore, to his credit, has hit the gospel music recording circuit at full speed, in large part because, as he tells it, he strategically placed his past fears and jitters where they belong: behind him.
Now his steadfast leap of faith coupled with his keen ability to see from beyond where he is has given way to favorable results for this young married father of three.
And, in the coming weeks, those who have witnessed him grow up in the church and putt his musically-inclined skills on display will get to listen to and savor Moore’s angelic voice from the comfortable confines of their homes and vehicles.
A Baltimore Woodlawn High graduate, Moore is just weeks away from releasing his debut single entitled, “You”, a much-anticipated project that will be the featured hit on his an album that has yet to be named.
According to Moore, this emotional, awe-inspiring song will serve as a reminder to those from various walks of life of just how commendable and beneficial it is to assume the mind of Christ.
And not just adopt the mind of Christ, he’s quick to point out, but striving daily to embrace the abundant life Jesus came to give the world.
In a nutshell, Moore acknowledges, when the world develops a mindset to think and convey a lifestyle similar to that of Christ, lives of others will change for the better.
“My debut single comes from within,” said Moore, explain the meaning behind his initial recorded gospel song. “It speaks truth. It’s talking about being like God and walking like He has told us and showing us in His word.”
In other words, Moore said, when we strive daily to talk, walk, and pattern our lives after our Creator, mankind won’t merely think twice about trying to duplicate the lives of others.
“It’s so easy to want to be like this person and that person just because we look up to them,” Moore continued. “But this song just simply says, ‘I want to be like you, God, and follow after the things You have shown.’”
For Moore, who currently resides in Oklahoma City with his wife, Krystal and their three children, while singing had become virtually a massive part of his life growing up, thrusting his talents to the forefront — or before sizable crowd — had essentially become a tough act follow.
Conversely, for someone who adores gospel music wholeheartedly, let alone grew up in the church, Moore knows full well that God strategically had a divine calling on his life all along.
That calling, it turned out, was centered largely on gospel music.
Nowadays, Moore can finally celebrate the fact that because of his profound affection for gospel music, he’s finally in his element — thanks in large part to him strategically placing his fears and jitters where they belong: behind him.
“I have always been scared to just promote my music and what God had given me,” Moore said. “I have had several people for years trying to encourage me to get my music to the world. I feel like if I don’t do it now then I never will. The passion and the burning are there and, at this time, I chose to trust God and go for it.”
Credit his mother, grandmother, and aunt for also inspiring him to grab a firm hold of his passion for music.
“I grew up watching my mother play the piano and organ at church,” Moore explained. “And when I went to visit my dad, I remember watching my grandmother and aunt play the piano during service. I love my mother because she instilled singing in me, and both of my sisters. She saw the gift in us. She would wake us up in the middle of the night so we can practice singing. My first time singing in front of a crowd was at school when I had to sing the national anthem. I was nervous because I was kid and didn’t know what to expect. I afraid of what people would say.”
Today, nonetheless, those who once watched in awe Moore ignite crowds as a child are now celebrating the fact that he has taken his musically-inclined skills to a whole new level.
“I love music so much because I feel like it’s a way to express what’s in the inside,” Moore said. “Music is very powerful; it sends a message rather than be good or bad. My love for music has grown into a passion.”
Thanks in large part to him strategically placing his fears and jitters where they belong: behind him.
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