Moya Janelle was born in Kingston Jamaica and emigrated to Canada with her parents at the age of 6. She grew up in the Parkdale area. Moya often notes that the heavy integration of cultures at her middle school helped to shape her appreciation of music. There was no racial segregation at Parkdale, Public school and as such her group of friends listened to everything from green day to Beenie Man, to Enya and the list goes on. Her biggest musical influence however, is her Dad. Her father was born in the 40s and Sundays were filled with old time gospel and country classics, while the weeknights brought the temptations, Otis Redding, Patsy Cline and many more into the house for a party.
Though Moya Janelle is nurse by profession she is a singer/songwriter at heart. When she was young there was no question that she was going to be a superstar!! She holds fond memories of singing into her goody hair brush in front of her parents as George Michael’s One more try played on the radio. Her school years were filled with talent shows and performances. University brought invitations to perform at Windsor Sports weekend and other amateur shows at Windsor and York Universities.
At some point childhood dreams were pushed aside and she decided that she would do the “smart” thing and primarily focus on education and then return to her dreams. She pursued education so vigilantly that she forgot that school was her backup plan and soon it became her only plan. She started practicing nursing in 2008 but music continued to call her. She later realized that nursing was her mother's profession and calling in life. It slowly dawned on her that she was trying to walk in someone else's anointing. Instantly she made the decision to work hard, save money and make her own stellar production.
Unfortunately things did not happen as planned. After suffering some health setbacks and large financial losses due to the rocky economy in 2011, her plans for her music did not materialize. She originally planned to give up her dreams of music and try to get well and rebuild her life.
2012 was time of recovery and rebuilding. But Gut God had more planned for her. Since the date of her Baptism on June 24th 2012, Moya says that something inside her would not allow her to give up on her music so she continued to press on. Moya recounts that the past years of ups and downs, trials and tribulations reshaped her perception of herself, her faith and her Music. She used to think herself as some type of better human because she was a Christian. She says that after all that she has been through she realizes that it is completely Jesus that puts the good in her and gives her the strength to do the right thing.
She states “we are all human and we have no right to look down on anyone in the world because there is enough wrong right at home to keep us occupied for a lifetime. I’m not saying we shouldn’t try to encourage and guide each other to living the best lives we can according to the word. What I am saying is that Christians should not think more highly of ourselves because God loves that ‘sinner’ in the world and encourages us to show love not scorn. I can only speak for myself. I’m no better than anywayone. Its all Jesus and that’s what I want people to know that they can have when they listen to my music”.
Prior to the difficulties she faced Moya shares that she had no intention of focusing her career on Gospel music. But through the growth begotten of challenges she realized that Gospel was a part of her strength and her story and she wanted to share that source of strength with others. She has written over 50 songs in different genres(country, R&B, neo soul, soft rock, gospel etc) and has already written songs for 3 follow up gospel EPs. She is a poet, a lyricist, and a woman of many talents. She will certainly make a lasting impression on the Canadian Music Industry.