Born and raised in Detroit, J. Moss hails from gospel music royalty as the son of the late Bill Moss, Sr., founder of Bill Moss & The Celestials and – the nephew of Gospel’s legendary Dr. Mattie Moss Clark, the cousin of her daughters – the Clark Sisters. Singing since the age of four, his father and mother, Essie Moss, created an environment where music was the focal point. After J spent time as a Celestial, his father paired him with his brother, Bill Jr., in a group called The Moss Brothers, which recording two albums.
J naturally picked up the piano and by the time he headed for college, Michigan State University, he had become a skilled songwriter and received his musical calling as his primary preoccupation in life. After two solo projects on an independent Detroit-basedlabel in the early ‘80s, J Moss developed as a writer, artist and producer. That also marked his crucial introduction to Paul “PDA” Allen and Walter Kearney, the other two thirds of PAJAM.
In 1996, J and his partners produced his cousin, Karen Clark-Sheard’s first solo album officially launching PAJAM Productions. With hard work, PAJAM began a rapid ascent to become one of the most sought after production companies in the country, contributing to projects by both major Gospel and mainstream artists, to movie soundtracks and music for TV series. They also developed their own roster of stars, female group Ramiyah and Stellar Award male trio, 21:03. J Moss and his partner are known for “PAJAM Insurance” (guaranteed quality music).
They still never lost sight of their goal to launch J Moss properly as a Gospel artist.
Finally, in 2003, Gospel music pioneer Vicki Mack Lataillade and PAJAM entered into a joint venture with GospoCentric Records for The J Moss Project. With songs like “We Must Praise”, I Wanna Be” and Ps150, the first album sold over a quarter million cds and received 8 Stellar Awards, multiple Grammy and Dove nominations. This lead to the second J Moss album entitled V2 which featured an impressive guest list of talent like 21:03, Kierra “Kiki” Sheard, Byron Cage, Pastor Marvin Winans, “PDA”, Kirk Franklin and Anthony Hamilton.
It also received multiple awards and nominations.
After several years of success as one of the most cutting-edge artists in contemporary gospel – including topping the Billboard Gospel Albums chart, superstar singer/songwriter/producer J Moss made a personal decision to scale back the sonic fire and star power for which he is known to offer listeners a more intimate and introspective portrait of the artist – a stripped back production of repentance and praise he chose to title his 3rd project, JUST JAMES. Two of the most salient tracks birthed by this new awakening were “Restored,” one of the CDs first singles, and “Rebuild.” While JUST JAMES was generally more worship than past J Moss offerings, it still has deeply soulful highlights and PAJAM’s patented funky grooves of uplift.