Bay Area gospel musician, singer and songwriter Charlene Moore celebrated her 61rst birthday on Friday, Nov. 2 by treating family, friends and fans to a night of her sultry, soulful storytelling voice and skilled piano playing.
Appearing at Floyd Pellom’s 57th Street Gallery in Oakland, Moore quickly had the crowd, hand clapping, foot stomping and snapping their fingers. Appearing with her was special singing guest Derrick Hughes.
“Singing songs that are relatable and a testimony is what I do, especially songs that remind people where we’ve come from,” said Moore.
At an early age, Moore was supported in her career by her parents Rev. Charlie Moore and gospel singer Darlene Moore.
Influenced by gospel singer Aretha Franklin and Gladys Knight, Moore’s voice may remind listeners of the early days when soul music was performed by real singers.
Moore performed overseas as the headliner of Café Dolphin in Yokohama, Japan for a record breaking three months and was also the featured performer in a tribute to Michael Bolton though the National Association of Black Female Executives in Music and Entertainment.
She has made commercials for Dodge and the Nissan Murano and successfully played on many stages, including New York City’s Apollo Theater where she was musical director of the “Weather Girls/Two Tons of Fun.”
Most recently, she was a backup vocalist for Patti LaBelle, Michael McDonald and disco queen Jocelyn Brown.
But Moore is still looking forward to continuing something she and her mother, Missionary Darlene Moore, started years ago – singing together as a mother-daughter team.
Currently Moore is a musician for the Living Springs Christian Fellowship, Rev. John Adams; and the minister of music at City of Refuge United Church of Christ, Bishop Yvette Flunder.