jessica Care Moore
is an internationally renowned poet, playwright, performance artist, producer and now recording artist.
Her first single, You Want Poems, from her first recorded jazz project, Black Tea: The Legend of Jessi James. The song features Blue Note Recording artist Jose James, and legendary jazz icon Roy Ayers. The album features the young pianist and producer, Jon Dixon, Ursula Rucker, Sean Blackman, Kenny Watson, trumpeter Kris Johnson and more!
JCM's new label, Words on Wax (WOW!) is also partnering with Detroit's Submerge records to release her fiery poetry on vinyl. As Founder and Executive Producer of of Black Woman Rock!, jessica Care moore is a necessary force in the independent music genre.
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She is also the CEO of Moore Black Press, Executive Producer of Black WOMEN Rock! and founder of the literacy-driven Jess Care Moore Foundation. Moore is a critically acclaimed author of The Words Don't Fit in My Mouth, The Alphabet Verses The Ghetto and God is Not an American. Her forthcoming work includes a book of poetry, Sunlight Through Bullet Holes and memoir Love is Not The Enemy. She has performed her poems and solo theater shows throughout the United States and abroad from Europe to South Africa. Jessica recently received the 2013 Alain Locke Award from the Detroit Institute of the Arts.
From her Broadway performances at Carnegie Hall or Harlem's Apollo Theater to London's Institute of Contemporary Arts and New York's Jazz at Lincoln Center, believes poems belong everywhere and to everyone. She is well known for her history making, record breaking appearances on "It's Showtime At the Apollo" and is the youngest living Apollo Legend.
Her multi-media show, God is Not an American was produced by The Apollo Theater and Time Warner's NYC Parks Summer Concert Series. She was the Host, Writer and Co-Executive Producer of poetry driven television show, Spoken, on The Black Family Channel (Directed and Executive Produced by Robert Townsend). She is a five-time Showtime at the Apollo winner; has featured on hip-hop mega-star, Nas' "Nastradamus" album and was a returning star of Russell Simmon's HBO Series, Def Poetry Jam.
JCM has graced the cover of The New York Times, The Metro Times, Michigan FrontPage, Detroit News, Detroit Free Press, African Voices Magazine and Black Elegance Magazine and has been featured in print and online magazines across the world, including, Essence, Vibe, Blaze, Source, Bomb, Mosaic, Good News, Savoy, One World, Upscale, Ambassador Magazine, MASH, UPTOWN and others.
After her legendary win on the Apollo stage, was approached by several book publishing companies, but in 1997, she paved her own path and launched a publishing company of her own, Black Press. She released her first book; "The Words Don't Fit In My Mouth," and a few years later followed up with her second collection of poetry and essays, "The Alphabet Verses The Ghetto." Black Press proudly published famed poets, Saul Williams and Shariff Simmons; Def Poetry Jam's co-founder, Danny Simmons, NBA-ball player, Etan Thomas, activist/poet, Ras Baraka and former Essence Magazine editor/author, Asha Bandele.
The busy poet has also been published in several literary collections including, 44 on 44 (Third World Press 2011), "A Different Image" (U of D Mercy Press, 2004), "Abandon Automobile" (WSU Press, 2001), "ListenUp!" (Random House, 1999), "Step Into A World" (Wiley Publishing, 2001), "Role Call" (Third World Press, 2002) and "Bum Rush The Page: A Def Poetry Jam" (Crown Publishing, 2001). She is the youngest poet published in the "Prentice Hall Anthology of African American Women's Literature," by Valerie Lee, alongside literary greats, Zora Neale Hurston, Alice Walker, Octavia Butler, Maya Angelou and many others.
As a performing artist this bold and electric artist has shared stages with the late Ossie Davis, CeCe Winans, the late, great, Gregory Hines, Nikki Giovanni, Anthony David, Norah Jones, Amiri Baraka, Patti Labelle, Roy Ayers, Mos Def, The Last Poets, Sonia Sanchez, Talib Kweli, Steve Harvey, Maya Angelou and many others. In 1999, she was honored as Woman of the Year by the Harvard Black Men's Forum.
As an activist and leader of social change Jessica has leant her voice to the international fight against AIDS – performing at the United Nations World AIDS Day Commemoration two years in a row. was also a consultant and co-organizer of the successful Hip-Hop-A-Thon Concert in (San Francisco), which helped increase AIDS education in the Black and Latino Bay-Area communities. She has performed before thousands during AIDS WALK Opening Ceremonies in New York City, San Francisco, Los Angeles and Atlanta.
Her new techno solo theater performance, The Missing Project: Pieces of the D is an high energy homage to Detroit, featuring the music of Underground Resistance (UR), spun by DJ Stacey Hotwaxx Hale, with live art by graffiti artist Antonio "Shades" Agee. continues to push the boundaries of genre with her first conceptual art installation, NANOC: I Sing The Body Electric, which opened at Dell Pryor Gallery in 2011. Her work is currently on exhibit at the American Jazz Museum in Kansas City.