Born and raised in Detroit, where he still resides today, J. Moss hails from gospel music royalty as the nephew of Gospel’s legendary Dr. Mattie Moss Clark, the cousin of her daughters – the inimitable Clark Sisters – and the son of Bill Moss, Sr., founder of the ‘70s Gospel act Bill Moss & The Celestials. Singing since the age of four, at his father’s insistence, J grew up in an environment where music was the focal point of life itself. After J spent time as a part-time Celestial, his father paired him with his brother, Bill Jr., in a group called The Moss Brothers, which continued for the next seven years, recording two major label albums. J’s parents and brother were all gifted keyboardists, so he naturally picked up the piano, eventually taking several years of formal lessons. His father also constantly encouraged him to pursue his songwriting skills. Having written much of the Moss Brothers’ material, he had become a skilled songwriter by the time he headed for college.
J attended Michigan State University for two years until his musical calling became his primary preoccupation in life. Enlisted by his college roommate to co-produce a musical variety show at the university, J realized in the process that he had a strong talent and interest in the music world “behind the scenes.” This led to thoughts of a career in production as well as performance. J did two solo projects on an independent Detroit-based label in the early ‘80s that were invaluable learning experiences in his development as a writer, artist and producer. It was also during this time that he was introduced to Paul ‘PDA’ Allen and, later, Walter Kearney – the other two thirds of PAJAM.
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Artist Spotlight: J Moss Talks “Grown Folk Reloaded” and His New Role in the Pastorate was originally published on praisedc.com