J Moss Finds Strength After House Fire
This is for “Grown Folks” only.
“Respectfully, it’s a wholesome kind of intimacy as opposed to the raunchy stuff,” explains gospel artist J. Moss about his new CD, Grown Folks Gospel. “It’s going over well with people.”
The award-winning singer, composer, producer and cousin of the legendary Clark family knows all is “Alright OK.”
Moss is living testimony to the power of Jesus after recently losing his home to a fire.
“My entire house—all the furniture, every toy, TV and everything was gone in a matter of six or seven minutes,” he says. “I said, ‘Lord, what’s the lesson in this?’ God said don’t worry about the material stuff I will give it back to you triple times over. I’ve always blessed you. He said, ‘That feeling of you being homeless, hopeless–these are the feelings of the people you will be ministering to now.’”
At any given time, you can hear several artists Moss produced on the gospel charts such as Dorinda Clark Cole, Karen Clark Sheard, Kierra Sheard and 21:03. He talks about his latest project, collaborating with Faith Evans and how God has been teaching him for ministry.
JET: How did the fire start in your home?
J Moss: I was working on finishing up some post productions for the record. I was down in the lower level of my home and I heard some noise. I tried to defuse the fire, but I was too late. The battery charger goes up in flames. But the flames were the most beautiful sight I have ever seen.
The enemy doesn’t attract you with anything you haven’t seen, he knows your vulnerability. God snatched me out of that. I go upstairs and looked for a fire extinguisher. God wouldn’t let me find it. I started inhaling smoke. The fire incinerated my entire house almost immediately. I just happened to have my cell phone in my hand.
JET: What do you feel God has been teaching you?
JM: It’s been about two years since I’ve been ordained [as a minister] and sometimes we just need change in our life. He took me out of one church and now I’m in a new spot—Life Center in Rochester Michigan under Bishop RE Joyce. It was a match made in heaven. He just took me in and ordained me on the spot. He took me under his wings and thrust me into some areas that I didn’t think I would be comfortable.
The Bible talks about your gift making room for you and it will bring you before great men. It’s been great. He made me a chaplain for the Detroit Pistons and those people know me as J Moss, but for them to hear the word for those 15 or 30 minutes… I thank God for it because that’s how it all got started then He put me behind the pulpit. You hear the maturity in the music and in my testimony. Now when you sing these songs, they will have a different meaning.
JET: How was it working with Faith Evans and collaborating on the CD?
JM: We try to do collaborations that a lot of people haven’t seen. Faith is starting to pop up on a lot of gospel albums.
“You Make Me Feel” is a love song that is powerful. I can’t do anything without 21:03 and Fred Hammond is going to be on the deluxe. Pajam always tries to find those voids and fulfill them and or do what hasn’t been done in a while. We still have a lot of work to do.
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