Harvey Brownstone conducts an in-depth interview with Melba Moore, Legendary Singer, Actress and Recording Artist
About Harvey's guest:
Today’s guest is Melba Moore, the iconic, award-winning music superstar who’s been dazzling audiences with her incredibly beautiful and soulful 5-octave voice since she burst on the scene in the late 60s in the original cast of the Broadway musical, “Hair”.
She then was one of the first Black women to win a Tony Award for Best Actress in a Musical, for her performance in “Purlie”. She’s hosted 2 television variety shows and appeared in hit movies like “All Dogs Go to Heaven” and “The Fighting Temptations”. She was the first African American woman to play “Fantine” on Broadway in “Les Miserables”. But ultimately, it’s her FABULOUS voice that earned her THREE Grammy nominations and made her a music legend in songs like “Lean On Me," “This Is It," “You Stepped Into My Life," “Read My Lips”, "Love's Comin' At Ya," "Livin' For Your Love," "Falling", and "A Little Bit More" her #1 duet with Freddie Jackson. She’s recorded 28 spectacular albums, including 2 sensational live albums, and a beautiful duet album entitled, “The Gift of Love”. And NOW, she’s released her BRAND NEW album entitled, “Imagine”. She’s received numerous awards including a Drama Desk Award, the Ellis Island Award, the Artist Guild Award, and the NAACP Spingarn Award. She’s been inducted into the Official Rhythm & Blues Music Hall of Fame. And her 5-decade career is being honoured with displays at the Grammy Museum, and the Smithsonian.
In August, she’ll be presented with the Presidential Lifetime Achievement Award by President Joe Biden.
“Music is what God allows me to do," declares Melba Moore. Born into a musical family, music chose Melba. “Music was a centerpiece in my family. My parents were musicians and so were many of my aunts and uncles." Melba’s father is the legendary big band leader Teddy Hill and her mother, Bonnie Davis, had a #1 hit on the R&B charts with the song “Don’t Stop Now."
Melba Moore’s produced version of “Lift Every Voice and Sing" which was entered into the United States Congressional Record as the official Negro National Anthem in 1990, was just named an ‘American Aural Treasure,’ by the National Recording Registry of the Library of Congress for Ms. Moore’s co-produced recorded rendition of the anthem.
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