She’s been described as “a breath of fresh air,” “a voice that gives wings to the spirit,” and “a cross between India Arie and Nancy Wilson,” but you will come up with your own superlatives once you hear the musical magic of Inspirational Soul artist Temika Moore. “Inspirational Soul is organic,” Temika explains. “This music is built on the premise of vocal, instrumental, and lyrical freedom undergirded by spiritual truth.”
Weaving together strains of folk, jazz, soul, R & B and gospel, Temika Moore creates an unforgettable tapestry of sound, thanks to inspirations who include Rachelle Ferrell, Anita Baker, Oleta Adams, the Clark Sisters, Natalie Cole, Angela Winbush, Will Downing, Commissioned, and Take 6. Temika’s Inspirational Soul style pairs her melodious contralto with head-nodding grooves, glorious lyrics that gladden the spirit, and a grounded approach that keeps things very real.
The current single, “Every Word,” was written and produced by Temika Moore and arranged by Larry Mack. This rhythmic up-tempo acoustic tune is a lyrical testament toabiding by divine guidance -- something every listener of faith can give an “amen” to. Says Temika: “The song was inspired by my quiet times with God. I pour out my soul to God in prayer and sometimes He answers with a song. ‘Every Word’ was the answer to my prayer and I believe It can answer the prayers of others.” The smooth groove single has garnered rave reviews from the gospel and R&B communities, even gaining the attention of noted house artist and producer Josh Milan, who gives “Every Word” a deep groove remix treatment.
“Every Word” is the current single from Temika Moore’s forthcoming EP The Closet: Intimate Conversations. The End Of Me (2012), Moore’s, previous EP project features the joyful “Really That Simple” as well as the thoughtful “I’m Not OK,” which was remixed by Philly soul duo Helen Bruner & Terry Jones. The EP has built on the success of her previous offerings including 2010’s single That’s Enough, and albums such as 2005’s Doing Just Fine, and her 2002 debut, Moment of Truth. Each successive project builds on the last, showcasing Temika’s vocal and musical dexterity as well as her ability to convey heartfelt moments of humility, joy, and grace.
Born and raised in the fertile musical region of Philadelphia, home of the Philly Soul Sound and the renaissance known as “neo-soul,” Temika attended the Philadelphia High School For Creative & Performing Arts. There she rubbed elbows with R&B crooners Boyz II Men, neo-soul song stylist Amel Larrieux, jazz bassist Christian McBride, Roots drummer Ahmir "?uestlove" Thompson and Roots bandmate Tariq "Black Thought" Trotter, among others. The recipient of the first ever scholarship named for jazz great Ella Fitzgerald, Temika graduated from the University of Maryland Eastern Shore and went on to hone her sound via live performances in the Washington, DC area and abroad.
Temika’s talents have led her to share the stage with such artists as R&B/jazz artist Will Downing, jazz funk stalwart Roy Ayers, contemporary jazz keyboardist Marcus Johnson and the late saxophonist Stanley Turrentine. She has opened for Eric Benet, Chante Moore, Bilal, Kindred the Family Soul, KEM, Dwele, Sylena Johnson, Cassandra Wilson, Najee, Pieces of a Dream, and Jean Carne, among others. And her voice has provided background support for inspirational artists Jeff Majors, Dorothy Norwood and Deon Kipping.
With a strong desire to cultivate healing through inspirational music, Temika Moore is poised to spread the message of Inspirational Soul wherever “real” music is savored and enjoyed. “It is important for me to create music that is authentic and evokes a spirit of inspiration and empowerment,” says Temika. “I create music that can lead to personal change.” Take a listen and be inspired.