bill moss jr.
a simple acronym that can describe Bill Moss Jr.’s music. While some have reduced their gifts to pure entertainment, compromising their own personal style and convictions for the sake of ratings, Bill Moss Jr. is determined to deliver a message that stays HOT….A very private man, careful to protect his personal space, Bill often opens up in his music and unveils parts of himself that are not so easily exposed. Born and raised into what has been called a musical dynasty, Bill has not been exempt from life’s struggles and disappointments. This Detroit native, born the 7th child of eight to the late Bill Moss Sr. and Missionary Essie Moss of Bill Moss & The Celestials, will tell anyone that his success did not just come overnight. Honing his craft under his aunt, the late Dr. Mattie Moss Clark, did not exclude Bill from innumerable hours of practicing scales and progressions. Bill still recalls the feeling of performing in front of an audience and falling flat on his back years ago, an experience he believes every musician will have, whether real or imagined. Bill shares that story to encourage others, emphasizing that when you fall on your back, you canlook up, which means you can still get up and try again.
Bill has always had a gift for connecting with people, which is evident in his songwriting. With lyrics that have the power to transcend all barriers, Bill states, “I really do this so that people can be impacted. To make an impact on somebody, to encourage somebody….If I can’t do that, then I don’t want to do it.”
As the Worship Pastor at Third New Hope Church, where Dr. E.L. Branch is the Senior Pastor, Bill has the opportunity to do exactly that – impact and encourage people every week, using his gift of music. Bill is very serious about excellence in music and has a way of bringing out the best in everyone around him, from the choir director to the bashful vocalist on the third row. Bill incorporates a variety of styles so that everyone in the congregation can leave with at least one song to carry them through the week.
Bill is far from being a novice in the recording industry. Bill and his younger brother, known as J Moss, began recording together as The Moss Brothers when Bill was just a young teen. The Moss Brothers recorded together until the time Bill began to pursue his college education, receiving a Bachelor of Arts degree in Music from Marygrove College. Bill’s first solo project, was released nationally in 2008 and debuted at #27 on the Billboard Charts. His highly anticipated sophomore project, is scheduled for release in early 2016. Bill has recorded professionally with top artists such as Hezekiah Walker, Kelly Price, Karen Clark-Sheard, The Clark Sisters, Byron Cage, and J Moss. Bill has also collaborated with great names such as Walter Hawkins, Dorothy Norwood, Rev. Timothy Wright, and T.J. Hemphill.
Serving the community is just one of the ways Bill gives back. In 2000, Bill opened, where students receive private music lessons in piano, drums, vocal, guitar, and organ. Students and teachers alike travel from near and far to this prestigious family-oriented music school, located just outside of Detroit. In this digital age we're living in, many aspiring musicians strive to reach overnight success with a free smartphone app and a YouTube tutorial. However, Bill remains adamant that there are no shortcuts and to really master your instrument, no YouTube video can compare with individualized attention. Through Moss Academy of Music, Bill is continuously sharing his gift to develop young musicians and put them back into the community - to teach, to work, to serve, and most importantly, to give.