It is with much regret we have to inform you that despite best endeavours tomorrow evening’s concert with Evelyn King, Melba Moore & Natasha Watts has unfortunately been cancelled.
We sincerely apologise for inconvenience caused
Soul Train and Soul Motion present
Headline Act Evelyn Champagne King
(FULL LIVE BAND)
Surport Act. Melba Moore
Support Act. Natasha Watts
HAILING FROM A MUSICAL FAMILY, MS. MOORE GRADUATED FROM THE FAMED ARTS HIGH SCHOOL IN NEWARK, NEW JERSEY. AT THE ENCOURAGEMENT OF HER PARENTS, SHE WENT ON TO PURSUE MUSIC EDUCATION AT MONTCLAIR STATE UNIVERSITY WHERE SHE EARNED HER BACHELOR OF MUSIC EDUCATION DEGREE. HOWEVER, HER INNER VOICE TOLD HER TO SEE IF SHE COULD MAKE IT AS A PERFORMER.
Ms. Moore’s stepfather, pianist Clement Moorman, introduced her to several agents which eventually landed her a role in the cult classic musical HAIR. It was in HAIR that Ms. Moore became the first African-American woman to replace a white actress, who happened to be the acclaimed Diane Keaton, in a lead role on Broadway. A year and a half later, she starred in PURLIE, which earned her a TONY Award for her portrayal as “Lutiebelle". Ms. Moore later appeared alongside the iconic Eartha Kitt as “Marsinah" in the musical TIMBUKTU! Another first came when she landed the female lead role on Broadway as "Fantine" in the acclaimed musical, Les Misérables. Melba Moore was the first and last African-American woman to perform in that role.
Although Ms. Moore enjoyed working on Broadway, she didn’t want to forget about her first love…music. Deciding to focus more on her recording career, she made her recording debut on Mercury Records with "I Got Love", followed by "Look What You’re Doing To The Man". She was nominated for a Grammy Award for ‘Best New Artist.’ During this time, numerous Grammy nominations, recordings, and television shows, including her own variety show entitled The Melba Moore-Clifton Davis Show, followed.
Ms. Moore was a regular on The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson as well as The Flip Wilson Show, and many others. She scored a string of Billboard Charted hits with songs like “This Is It" and “You Stepped Into My Life". Ms. Moore was the first female pop artist to do a non operatic solo concert at New York City’s Metropolitan Opera House.
Melba Moore continued to enjoy great success musically with such chart topping songs as “Love’s Comin’ At Ya," “Keepin’ My Lover Satisfied," “Living For Your Love," “Read My Lips," which she received a Grammy nomination for ‘ Best Female Rock Vocal’. She had two Billboard #1 hit singles for “Falling" and “A Little Bit More," a duet with Freddie Jackson.
Ms. Moore later released "Soul Exposed" which featured a stellar version of “Lift Every Voice and Sing," otherwise known as the Negro National Anthem. It featured such artists as Freddie Jackson, Stevie Wonder, Aretha Franklin, Dionne Warwick, Jeffrey Osborne, Lou Gossett Jr., Bobby Brown, Anita Baker, and Stephanie Mills.
During this period Ms. Moore worked hard on her philanthropy. One of her major accomplishments was being instrumental in having “Lift Every Voice and Sing" inducted in the United States Library of Congress as the official Negro National Anthem. She worked strongly with Dr. Dorothy I. Height and the National Council of Negro Women as their national membership chairwoman. She also worked with Dr. C. Delores Tucker and the National Congress of Black Women. Ms. Moore also had a deep passion for children, especially those who were abandoned, abused, and born with AIDS and addicted to crack. She gave her time working with Hale House and at that time founded her own organization, The Melba Moore Foundation for Children. Although the foundation is presently inactive, Ms. Moore's passion for never wained. She remains committed to giving of her time to organizations involved with children.
More recently, Ms. Moore starred with Beyonce and Cuba Gooding Jr. in the motion picture “The Fighting Temptations". Presently, she is working on an autobiography with professor and former New York Times writer Mel Watkins detailing her achievements over the span of her career.
Melba Moore is also producing her forth coming album entitled, "Forever Moore" which will be released on her new label A'Moore Music, Inc. The single, "Love Is" is up for two Grammy Awards in the first round of nominating process in the category of Best Short Form Music Video and Best Traditional R&B Performance.
Evelyn "Champagne" King is a talented singer who brought a wonderfully deep, seductive voice to a string of popular hits over the period 1978-88 and is still performing more than three decades after her unlikely breakthrough.
Evelyn King bio
Born in New York in 1960, King moved to Philadelphia in the early 70s and worked with her mother as a cleaning woman while also singing in groups locally. In a story straight out of a 1940s movie, the 16-year old King was cleaning Gamble & Huff's Philadelphia International Records offices when her absent-minded singing was overheard by producer T-Life. He loved what he heard and signed King to a production deal, landing her a contract with RCA's fledgling urban division.
King made a near-immediate splash with "Shame," a brilliant dance number that featured her ultra-deep voice over a disco beat and an irresistible melody. It was one of the great songs of 1978 and shot to the top of the Pop, Soul and Disco charts. King followed it up with "I Don't Know If It's Right," and her debut album, Smooth Talk, went Gold.
King had trouble over the next couple of years repeating the success of Smooth Talk, but in 1981 she teamed with hot young producer Kashif for the album I'm In Love, the title cut of which became her second #1 soul track. This began a multi-album successful collaboration that resulting in a bunch of great numbers including the wonderful dance cuts "Love Come Down" and "Betcha She Don't Love You," both prototypical Kashif songs, complete with heavy beat and then-pioneering electronics.
King left RCA in the late 80s for EMI Records, and teamed with Leon Sylvers for her last major hits, "Flirt" and "Kisses Don't Lie," in 1988. She married guitarist/songwriter Freddie Fox and continued to record with less success into the 90s, releasing Girl Next Door to good reviews and also putting out the Europe-only album I'll Keep A Light On for UK-based Expansion Records.
After a long recording hiatus, she signed with RNB Entertainment and in 2008 released a pleasing comeback album, Open Book. While uneven in quality of compositions, the disc found King to be in fine voice and when the album clicked, listeners were transported to King's halcyon days of funk and disco bliss.
Evelyn King continues to perform around the world both solo and as part of multi-act disco shows around the world and sounds great as she enters her fourth decade in the music