An Evening with Melba Moore
As a four-time Grammy Award nominee, and a Tony Award winner, Melba Moore’s career has brought her accolades from every corner. Raised in Newark, New Jersey she starred in Hair on Broadway and went on to have her own television show. Never willing to stand still, Melba Moore has continued to perform in all genres and has remained one of the most enduring artists of the 21st century.
When she was starting her career Melba Moore’s stepfather, pianist Clement Moorman, introduced her to several agents which eventually landed her a role in Hair. 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! Another first came when she landed the female lead role on Broadway as Fantine in the acclaimed musical, Les Misérables.
Deciding to focus more on her recording career, she made her recording debut on Mercury Records with “I Got Love,” followed by “Look What You’re Doing To The Man.” She was nominated for a Grammy Award for Best New Artist. During this time, numerous Grammy Award nominations, recordings, and television shows, including her own variety show entitled The Melba Moore-Clifton Davis Show, followed.
Melba Moore continued to enjoy great success musically with such chart-topping songs as “Love’s Comin’ At Ya,” “Keepin’ My Lover Satisfied,” “Living For Your Love,” and “Read My Lips,” earning her a Grammy Award nomination for Best Female Rock Vocal. She had two Billboard #1 hit singles for “Falling” and “A Little Bit More,” a duet with Freddie Jackson.
More recently, Melba Moore starred with Beyonce and Cuba Gooding Jr. in the motion picture The Fighting Temptations. Presently, she is working on an autobiography with professor and former New York Times writer Mel Watkins detailing her achievements over the span of her career.