Coming from a family saturated with phenomenal singers and talented musicians, J Moss has established himself as an artist who breaks barriers and raises the bar of musical creativity. His latest CD, V4…The Other Side, offers an eclectic mix that captivates all ages. With a desire to show the world that Christ is the answer, J Moss is truly an artist with a heart for God that continues to beat louder and louder from generation to generation.
V4 was in the making for over a year. How do you feel about this project?
We did it in phases to get the direction of the project and took it from there. I’m enthralled with how I want the world to perceive this project and coupled with how they are actually going to receive it has me all messed up. I really want the masses to hear it.
Tell us about some of the hot tracks on this CD.
“Good & Bad” was birthed because I would hear people at shows and on the streets and on reality TV with such hopelessness. I was like wow, is the perception of God that He’s currently on vacation? The Lord gave me this song as a reminder to tell the people I’m there. Yes you go through tough times, but I’m there. I’m always there with a watchful eye and I send my Spirit as a daily comforter.
“The Prayers” I wanted to take old traditional church and add a PAJAM beat and funk it up. This song falls in line with the theme of V4…The Other Side of Victory. We talk about going through or coming out of a storm, but we don’t discuss post-storm. This song sums it up. The prayers of the righteous are what got you through and is what will get you through in the future.
You know, there’s a rumor going around that J Moss is creating a genre called Urban Worship. I’ve never been scared to put praise and worship lyrics on top of hard R&B beats. That’s what we did in “Strong Enough”. It’s a song about faith being tested and strengthened and it reminds us that faith is what we need today.
To a certain degree you have to be transparent so people can relate to you. If people can’t relate to what you’re doing, you won’t be a success. The other side is that you have to make sure you keep a portion of your life closed so you can keep a sense of normalcy. I have to have a balance and know when to shut it down and be the husband or be the Daddy. That’s what gives true efficiency.
You’re married with two kids. Have they shown any interest in music?
I think they definitely have, but I’m not pushing it. The entertainment industry as a whole is brutal. If they have dreams to do that, then I’m not going to hinder it. But if they can do something else that’s more guaranteed, a lawyer, doctor, something that you know everybody is going to need, then do that. I don’t push them to do music. We push education.
Speaking of family, you’re from a renowned family of singers. Does that intensify your need to deliver perfection?