Special Guest Christian Urban Contemporary Group "Charles Moorer And The Faithful Few" 9/12/2017 At 7:00 PM CST., 8:00 PM EST.
The Living In Harmony Show
Special Guest Christian Urban Contemporary Group "Charles Moorer And The Faithful Few"
Time: 7:00 PM CST., 8:00 PM CST.
Charles Moorer and the Faithful Few
Over 20 years ago, Chuck Moorer left his native Ohio and moved to L.A. to pursue his musical dreams. Considering that the talented singer and bassist was raised up in church, and sang at gospel concerts as a kid everywhere from Akron University, Kent State University, Prayer Tower Church of God In Christ, and a host of other churches and events, it surprised some that he was pursuing secular music. Exploring his passion for R&B/funk and jazz, he was in several of those kinds of bands throughout college and beyond. It took a lot of soul searching, a bunch of hard knocks and closed doors, and some definitive signs (which all came with wild stories) to bring him back to the Lord. Once he felt that God “pricked” his heart and he headed back home musically and physically, his sense of purpose became much clearer.
While attending the NAACP Image Awards one year in L.A., Chuck met legendary Grammy winning gospel singer and pastor Donnie McClurkin, who kindly remembered an email Chuck had sent him a few years earlier about their mutual love for Donnie’s major inspiration, Andrae Crouch. McClurkin told Chuck how, for him, pastoring and music ministry came together perfectly, like a hand in a glove, with one complementing the other to uplift people’s lives and draw their souls closer to God. Chuck was attentive as the singer told him how while his music is blessing the church, his preaching in turn blessed his music ministry. McClurkin’s words, combined with a rededication to the Lord and Chuck’s rediscovery of gospel via contemporary genre superstar Fred Hammond and his ensemble Commissioned, inspired a whole new, incredible double life for Chuck as a pastor and singer.
For over 12 years now, every Sunday morning, the congregation at Divine Direction Christian Church in Indianapolis, an affiliate of the Indiana Wesleyan Church, come to hear “Pastor Chuck” sing and preach. He says “Singing calms me and helps me focus on the message I’m about to share.” Chuck also leads a band of musical ministers called the Faithful Few Music Ministry, whose original lineup he formed in 2000. The Faithful Few’s primary mission has been to expand beyond the four walls of the church and outreach to all people across the world. The group, now releasing their 7-track debut album Divine Direction under the name Charles Moorer & The Faithful Few, plays a dynamic mixture of traditional and contemporary gospel styles with a touch of jazz and funk that ministers to all age groups.
Although it is Chuck’s desire and that of his band and singers that the music be used to encourage people to meet God in Christ all around the world, a portion of the proceeds from Divine Direction will go to the Indiana Make-A-Wish Foundation, which was supportive of Chuck and his family when his son Chadwin, then 16, was battling renal sickle cell carcinoma, a form of cancer that gave him a 10% survival rate. The wish they provided turned into a celebration of life when Chadwin was miraculously healed. Charles himself was healed of cancer just a few years later. Another unique element of the recording is the fact that it has seven tracks – just as Pastor Charles promises all future Faithful Few albums will. “In the Bible, starting with the creation story, the number seven is God’s number for completion,” he says. “If it’s good enough for Him, it’s good enough for us!”
Because they make music as part of their ministry, Charles Moorer & The Faithful Few aren’t like gospel ensembles that perform for profit at festivals and typical concert venues. Their schedule is based on the needs presented to them at any given time, incorporating the logistics of time and distance when there is travel involved. Performing regionally throughout Indiana and Ohio and also everywhere from Atlanta to towns in Mississippi, they have done benefit concerts to bless the battered at women’s shelters, sickle cell patients, inmates from Marion County Jail II, senior citizens (via the organization God’s Vision) and people with special needs in the community. They have performed for a children’s scholarship fund in Ohio to help kids raise money for an educational trip to Washington, DC and ministered onstage alongside BET’s Sunday’s Best contestant Chase Stancle at Indiana Wesleyan University. In 2010, the group performed when Divine Direction hosted a Haiti Relief Service to raise funds in the wake of the devastating earthquake in that country. “We’re not in this for money or fame,” says Pastor Chuck. “We are all working stiffs with businesses outside the church. We make music to spread the gospel and help people in need.”
NOTABLE LIVE PERFORMANCES
A Night of Comedy/Def Jam Comedy Allstar – Terre Haute, IN (opened for Lester Barrie)
My Soul’s Been Anchored Concert - Indianapolis, IN (opened for Douglas Miller)
Indiana Black Expo – Indianapolis, IN
Martin University/Greg Bacon - Sickle Cell Foundation – Indianapolis, IN
One of the first things to keep in mind when you’re listening to Charles Moorer & The Faithful Few and their debut album Divine Direction is their disclaimer that they’re “not a group of entertainers, but a ministry full of love for God and concerned about doing His will by spreading the Gospel of Jesus Christ through music.” The message, delivered by the powerhouse, soulful vocals of Chuck and his other singers, is the focus – but that doesn’t mean that this isn’t some of the liveliest, funkiest gospel, coolest jazz and greatest songwriting you’ve ever heard from an independent group. The groove is anchored by Chuck himself on bass. The set kicks off a question: “Are You Ready?” The song has a deep grooving jazzy gospel vibe, with soulful female vocals, trumpet and sax harmonies, some rockin’ electric guitar edges and Chuck’s supremely soulful lead vocals.
The title track “Divine Direction” points us to God via an easy flowing vocal urban jazz groove, with a smooth and silky sax taking the emotional harmony role behind Chuck’s silky lead vocals. While that song is about finding our way, the next two tracks are instrumental and vocal versions of a gospel/soul-jazz/laid back funk tune urging us to “Make A Change”. While the vocal version features Charles on regular bass, he plays the fretless on the instrumental version which shows his deep Marcus Miller influences on his instrument. The next two tracks are two versions of the hands in the air old school jazz gospel jam “We Praise You”, with the second being a remix featuring a spirited rap vocal over soaring female vocals and Chuck’s lead voice. It’s a tune about how God can change us. It affirms, in wildly musical terms, “When Praises Go Up, blessings come down!” The fifth track “Why Should I Fear” starts with a bang, a dramatic rock jazz intro with sax and electric guitar, which eases into an uplifting, slow simmering sax-enhanced vocal ballad. It’s gospel-jazz at its finest.
FROM THE BEGINNING
Born and raised in Akron, Ohio Pastor Chuck always had a passion for music, and grew up singing gospel songs written by his father as his dad accompanied him on piano (his dad also played bass). His aunt, Gospel radio Hall of Famer Gertrude Holt, grabbed hold of Chuck’s talent as a youngster and had him performing many concerts and opening for such acts as The Williams Brothers. He earned a music scholarship at a college in Tennessee, but transferred to Kent State so he could play football. While earning his bachelor’s degree in criminal justice, he continued to play music but gravitated more towards jazz/funk in groups like Opus Day Funk and Overnight Male. Prior to and after moving to L.A. to pursue his musical dreams, he had the privilege to work with some accomplished professionals, that included guys who worked with Cameo, Switch, and the privilege of participating as an extra in the band of filmmaker and comedian Robert Townsend’s critically acclaimed movie “The Five Heart Beats”. However, it was tough going.
While going through the proverbial struggles, Chuck got into the insurance business and many years later earned an MBA with an emphasis in leadership and started his own insurance claims agency which has afforded him the opportunity to pursue more godly musical and ministerial endeavors. He did a lot of soul searching before, he believes, the Lord led him back to the Midwest. One day, looking for a home church in the Indianapolis area, Chuck stumbled upon the 28th Street Church of God in Christ. After attending a few times, he learned that the band needed a bass player and volunteered to play. This brought Chuck back to his gospel roots. At one point he stepped in to become their interim minister of music. One night, he had a dream about meeting an organ player there – and when that very man walked into the church not long after, Chuck saw it as a sign of moving into music ministry at another level. Not too long after The Faithful Few music ministry was birthed.
“One thing that anyone who knows the story behind Charles Moorer & The Faithful Few must acknowledge is that their hearts are in the right place. Yet it’s their musical soul that’s bound to get people excited as they groove and tap along and hear the life changing Gospel conveyed through Pastor Chuck’s instantly infectious urban jazz influenced gospel tunes. The group’s sound brings to mind the great Grammy winning gospel-jazz work of Kirk Whalum, and will inspire jazz, R&B and gospel fans alike. Dynamically produced with exciting instrumentation, explosive vocal textures and driven by the vision and the heart-tugging vocals of Chuck himself, Divine Direction provides a roadmap to great music that feeds (and – who knows? – maybe even saves) your soul!” – Jonathan Widran
The Living In Harmony Show strongly encourage all of our listeners to support Charles Moorer And The Faithful Few by connecting with the group on social media, website and purchasing their music on major digital media outlets for the sake of spreading the good news of Jesus Christ and inspiring others with the word of God. Please sow seed into their ministry.
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