Interview: Melba Moore Wins On “One More Chance” With Jimmy D. Robinson
In a current recording industry climate where temperatures are freezing for unsigned, independent artists as well as singers of a certain age category, one singer is defying the odds and proving that faith matters.
Legendary singer Melba Moore, still magnificently voiced, is currently featured throughout on a full-length CD titled, “One More Chance” with Jimmy D. Robinson for his indie label J Music Group. The next single to be released to clubs will be “I Got This Feeling.” This Fall, Moore and Robinson will head back into the studio to begin work on their second full-length album together.
Moore’s career spans over 3 decades with 3 Grammy nominations under her belt as well as a slew of hit records. She also carries the distinction as being the first black actress to replace a white actress in a major role on Broadway – Diane Keaton in “Hair.” The role Keaton originated on Broadway was written for a white actress but Melba impressed the producers so much that they felt it was a role that was meant to be for Melba Moore.
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!”
Never leaving the spotlight for any length of time, Moore continues to perform her hits and classics around the world constantly. Staying in the pop culture spotlight, Mo’Nique recently had Moore on her program and she’ll be featured on an upcoming BET special event.
Jimmy D. Robinson can choose just about any artist to work with today, but he loves to work with his favorites and the voices he fell in love with.
I had the great honor of sitting down with Jimmy Robinson and Melba Moore for a delightful chat about Melba's career, current projects and her take on the current music industry.
“When i was younger and clubbing and being so rebellious, Melba’s voice and so many of her songs touched me in a very special way,” explains Robinson. “Her music probably saved my life. To this day I still listen to her classics and smiles come to me!”
When asked if he has any concerns about working with a mature artist in a music business obsessed with youth and cookie cutter images, Robinson responds, “Melba Moore is special and her voice is amazing. It’s not about age; it’s about quality, history and power.”
The dance club music Moore is currently creating with Jimmy D. Robinson is very different from anything she has ever done. Moore opens up and tells how all of this new territory feels to her.Continued on the next page