The J Moss Project
You probably already know of J Moss' impeccable Gospel pedigree. Son of Bill Moss, of Bill Moss & The Celestials, nephew of Dr. Mattie Moss Clark and cousin to The Clark Sisters, this Detroit artist has heritage in spades. But all that aside, J Moss is his own man. He has an inate ability to harness the music in his genes, and propel to the furthest reaches, into uncharted waters, so to speak.
On The J Moss Project, we finally get to hear J Moss, on his own The Voice, as he has been called.
And if you've heard anything from PAJAM (and you have Ramiyah, Hezekiah Walker, Kelly Price, Boyz II Men, Pam & Dodi, Lamar Campbell, Virtue, Dru Hill, Michelle Williams), you know that the urban jam is their strong suit.
So it's absolutely no surprise that the album's first single, and album crackerjack is a slammin', neck-fracturing, street ride. "I Wanna Be" is a massive jam wired with a pounding bass line and Moss' creatively stacked vocals. Moss sings " Bless me to walk in the light of You, Lord, I wanna be personal, I wanna be inseparable".
The ride continues with "Psalm 150", an an edgy, street-fashioned version of the very familiar Psalm of David. A sparse instrumental backdrop, (fashioned after the track from Trin-I-tee 5:7's "Holla" also by PAJAM) rides underneath Moss' fresh lyrical interpretation:
Iıll praise Him with the timbrel and dance
Iıll praise Him with the trumpet and cymbals
Since I'm breathing Iım gonna praise Him again
"We Must Praise" falls into this camp, a piano-accompanied new hymn that features the sweeter elements of the vocal colors that Moss has at his disposal.
Likewise, "Unto Thee", with its reliance on acoustic guitar and an uncluttered keyboard accompaniment, is a purely vocal gem. After an opening solo from Moss, the chorus enters (Moss' stacked vocals) with lush harmonies.
Also on The J Moss Project is "Don't Let", with a composition with traditional flair subtly embedded into some unmistakeable PAJAM overall vibe. "Keep your mind stayed on God", ministers J Moss. "Donıt let your joy be taken away".
With his ability to weave together fibres of hip hop, traditional, praise, pop and soul into his Gospel sound, on The J Moss Project, J Moss reinforces the point that he is one of Gospel's upper echelon artists.
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— reviewed by Stan North —
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