Artist Review: J MOSS
V4: THE OTHER SIDE
“Bein’ bad ain’t a place for a winner / Nothin’ good ever comes to a quitter /
I’ma be the one still movin’ / You gon’ be the one boo-hooin’ / I hope you’re not wishin’ nothin’ bad on me / ‘Cuz you’re messin’ with Anointed Pedigree!”
– J Moss (from “Imma Do It”)
Singer/Songwriter/Producer J Moss is on-fire like never before! He’s come through the storm packing an electrifying testimony about how to thrive victorious on “the other side” of adversity. His 13-song gospel soul food smorgasbord titled V4: The Other Side (Moss’ fourth CD for Verity Records) finds Moss and his PAJAM partners delivering the trailblazing techno funk praise that always sets him apart from the pack, as well as more traditional pieces that will touch the hearts of all who hear. Special guests on V4 include Kierra Sheard; Karen Clark Sheard; Hezekiah Walker; Dorinda Clark-Cole and James Fortune.
“We turned the feel-good energy up this time around…way up,” Moss declares. “I’m getting away from sad songs. I am no longer the spokesperson for trials and tribulations. This is post-storm time – taking damage into account, while looking ahead for new starts and fresh directions. This record is a clear reflection of my life and where I am at this very moment.”
The album opens with “God’s Got It,” a straight forward message stating not to worry about what he can’t control – trust God. “Caught Up in Love” mesmerizes with a heartbeat pulse and a vibration of pure rapture. Meanwhile “Keep Your Head Up” and “Shout” are easily among the most crunk of J’s praise jams to date, high celebrations of hand-clappin’ sanctified pulpit testifyin’. “In spite of setbacks and challenges like the recession, the election, crime - it’s time that we get glad about life again,” J insists. “When we take the focus off of God, he has to do stuff to reel us in. We must maintain our faith in God at all times and celebrate Him.”
The first single from J Moss’ V4: The Other Side is “Good & Bad,” a fervent ballad buoyed by subtly jazzy chord changes and building to a big-big finish. “The mindset of hopelessness that is so prevalent today was the inspiration behind this song,” J shares. “People think God and church no longer care. ‘Jesus ain’t thinkin’ about me.’ I got tired of reading that on Facebook and seeing it in faces of the people all around me. People just want to give up, and the Lord gave me that song to give people hope during stormy times.
This is a theme Moss returns to again and again on V4: The Other Side. On “Take Me,” J addresses the question ‘Does God hear me? Have I strayed too far away?’ “God doesn’t run from us, we stray from him,” J assures. “In your quiet time, think about where you are personally. Talk to your Father and restate your position. Sometimes we just get too far away from the fire…not reading the word every day. We need to get back to a more comfortable place.”
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Tonight’s Topic: Trading Hate or Malice for Forgiveness & Mercy
How do you let go of hate, anger, malice or a grudge? How do you get to a place of forgiveness when you feel someone has hurt you or victimized you? Is it possible for a person to forgive a murderer of a loved one or for a rape victim to forgive their rapist? What about the hurtful things that happen between family members, co workers or friends? Tonight Live in the Vocal Booth we discuss trading hate or malice for forgiveness and mercy can it be done?
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Comedian Chris G grew up in the City of Plainfield NJ. In Chris's school days he always was the class clown. Whenever there were stressful times Chris brought a sense of humor to the situation. For the past three years Chris has traveled all over the country and opened up for a lot of big names in the comedy circuit such as Hamburger, Talent, TK Kirkland and many more. You may catch Chris G performing at a club near u.