Living Legends

Melba Moore

Melba Moore

Melba Moore was destined to be an entertainer. Her prolific career spans across a number of genres—Broadway, Contemporary Soul/R&B, Pop, Rock, Jazz, Gospel, and Classical. Melba’s hard work has been rewarded with many accolades. The awards list includes a Tony Award for Best Performance by a Featured Actress in a Musical for her role as Lutiebelle in Purlie and the 2015 Sandy Hosey Lifetime Achievement Award from the Artists Music Guild (AMG). Melba’s distinct, five octave vocal range has captivated audiences worldwide.

Her successful singing career includes three Grammy nominations, two Hot 100 singles (“Lean On Me” and “You Stepped Into My Life”) and two number one Hot R&B hits (“A Little Bit More,” a duet with Freddie Jackson and “Falling”). In 2017, Melba Moore’s all-star version of “Lift Every Voice and Sing,” was added to the Library of Congress’ National Recording Registry, alongside the Manhattan Harmony Four’s rendition.

Her legacy as a woman of many firsts— the first African-American actress to replace a white actress in a lead role on Broadway (Diane Keaton in the Broadway musical Hair) and the first African-American actress to play the lead role of Fantine in Les Misérables—has opened the door of opportunity for many people of color. We hope Melba’s quote inspires you to radiate love throughout the world with your God-given talents. Thank you, Melba, for being one of the most beautiful people in the world, inside and out.

To be inspired and to be thought of as an inspiration is the ultimate reason to continue to reach for the very best you can be! I have and will always believe that If You Can Think It, You Can Do It.Music and performing come second nature to me. I love entertaining and the work it takes to be at the top of your craft. I’ve learned over my career that we can’t take anything good for granted and this journey is not a rehearsal. I pray that when you get your chance to sing, act or dance, you do them all in celebration and love!” –Melba Moore