Melba Moore

Melba Moore (actually Melba Hill, born October 29, 1945 in New York City ) is an American R & B singer and actress.


Moore's career began in 1967 with the role of Sheila in the Off -Broadway and 1968 Broadway production of the musical Hair. In 1970 she won a Tony Award for " Best Supporting Actress in a Musical " for her role in Purlie Lutiebelle Gussie Mae Jankins. In 1978, she starred opposite Eartha Kitt as Marsinah in Timbuktu! on.

Together with Clifton Davis in 1972, she hosted his own TV show. From the mid- 1970s, Moore also had success with their records. Their debut album, I Got Love 1970 brought her a Grammy nomination for Best Newcomer; In 1976, she was honored for her recording Lean On Me - also nominated in the category "Best R & B performance of a singer " ( Best Female R & B Vocal Performance ) for a Grammy - in which it holds a 35 seconds a sound. Other hits were You Stepped Into My Life, Love's Comin 'at Ya, This Is It, The Greatest Feeling A Little Bit More and Read My Lips. Often they worked together B singer Freddie Jackson with R &. In 1979, she received a small role in the film version of Hair; In 1986, she was a one-season sitcom star of her own Melba.

In 1990, Moore with other African-American artists such as Anita Baker, Stephanie Mills, Dionne Warwick, Bobby Brown, Stevie Wonder, Jeffrey Osborne, Howard Hewett, BeBe and CeCe Winans, Take 6 and the Clark Sisters song Lift Ev'ry Voice and Sing on the song of the African American civil rights activist. Not least because of the 1990 publication of the song in the Congressional Records, the official journal of the U.S. Congress was recognized as the official national anthem of the African Americans.

In the 1990s and 2000s, Moore turned in their seats to the Gospel. Occasionally they still occurs in Broadway shows. In 2003, she starred in the movie The Fighting Temptations with Cuba Gooding, Jr. and Beyoncé Knowles.