Tuesday, June 26, 2007

RIP Bill Moss

I just learned from The Black Gospel Blog that legendary gospel artist Bill Moss, founder of The Celestials, brother of Mattie Moss Clark, uncle to the Clark Sisters, and father of gospel artist/producer J. Moss, not to be confused with the Capsoul label owner/"Sock It To 'Em Soul Brother" singer, has died. Moss & The Celestials were one of the earliest acts to bring a contemporary sound to gospel, as the YouTube clip shown below demonstrates. Moss owned the Bilesse label and the group recorded on Bilesse, Westbound and Jewel, to name a few labels, in a long, soulful career. I will feature a Celestials track the next "Sunday Gospel Time," but enjoy this appearance by the group on Jubilee Showcase in the meantime (note that at the end of the clip there are other related clips to enjoy also).


Damon said...

I received the news of the passing of Gospel Music Legend Bill Moss Sr. with great sadness. In 2002 I was blessed with the opportunity to record the video for their live project. During the production I was able to spend quite a bit of time with minister Moss and his wife, evangelist Essie Moss, at their home conducting an interview with them for the video. When we started the project, I had no idea what a huge impact this great man and woman of God would have on my life. Bill Moss Sr. penned the words to a song that has carried me through some tough times ever since I first heard it. The song "Use What You Got", is about taking the little that you have and making the most of it until you are blessed with more.

Watch the video clip here:

Here's to the man that introduced the electric piano to the church.

My prayers go out to the Moss family, and particularly my good friend Bill Moss Jr.

God bless,

Damon Parnell
>more vids at www.shoutpraise.net

Damon said...

Picking up on the Moss family legend . . .

This week on SHouT! we have an exclusive interview with Bill Moss Jr. Minister Moss talks about the importance of praise in the church, and why praise & worship music should remain sacred.

Check www.shoutpraise.net for the interview

This is a great prelude to next weeks live recording! For those who didn't know, Minister Moss will be recording a live album on Sunday - August 12th at 7pm at Christian Tabernacle Church in Southfield, MI