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Bittersweet Stellar Nods for Lucinda Moore As She Mourns Bishop Moales


Today should be a happy day for singer Lucinda Moore. It was just announced that she’s up for eleven Stellar Awards for her latest CD, “Blessed, Broken & Given” (Tyscot).  However, it’s bittersweet. Her mentor, Bishop Kenneth H. Moales Sr., died yesterday. “I just spent time with him last week,” Moore says of the legendary pastor and president of the National Convention of Gospel Choirs and Choruses. “I’ve known him all of my life. He was one of my spiritual fathers. He was scheduling a date to ordain me as an evangelist and have me do my first sermon at his church.”

The CD’s second radio single “Fire Baptized Medley” is currently on the Top 100 Nielsen BDS  Gospel Airplay Survey and building momentum around the country. The 20-year music veteran is best known for her 2006 breakthrough smash, “Pressure Into Praise.” This new CD has earned her the most Stellar Award nominations of her career in these categories: Artist of the Year, Song of the Year, Female Vocalist of The Year, CD of the Year Producer of the Year, Traditional Female Vocalist of the Year, Traditional CD of the Year, Music Video of the Year for “Fire Baptized Medley” and “Blessed, Broken & Given,” and Praise & Worship CD of The Year. “I’ve worked hard all of my life and been through so much but this makes it all feel worth the ups and downs,” she says of the CD and its success. “I’m grateful to my producer Jojo Hill and my Pastor Kevin A. Williams for their part in helping making this project happen.”

Moore splits her time between her native Connecticut and North Carolina where she moved to care for her ailing grandmother. It’s another chapter in a life filled with trials and tribulations. In her youth, Moore battled childhood abuse; depression over her father’s death, and a 16-year marriage to someone she says “never loved me.” However, Moore’s has been a comfort through the hard times. Even as she was preparing to record the new CD, she was dealing with a rough patch. “I was going through a divorce,” she says. “Emotionally I was a wreck.” She wrote songs for the project that would encourage others. “I’m doing it to help other people come out of what they are coming out of,” she explains. “You don’t have to be unhappy and sit in abuse… This is the happiest time of my adult life.”

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