Sheri Jones-Moffett is the voice that has been part of our Gospel conscience for the past 12 years. Her path throughout this industry is like a voyage around the world and each stop in her career is like a stamp in a passport marking a new destination and new experience. Without each stop, Moffett would not have become the completed work we hear today on her debut solo CD RENEWED.
The first stop on her journey was the Tri-City area of North and South Carolina. Moffett started her course as part of Donald Lawrence’s now legendary Tri-City Singers, Gospel’s ‘IT-choir’ of the 1990’s. Breaking into the gospel industry, Moffett landed at a place where she could be mentored by one of the genre’s most prolific songwriters and producers, Donald Lawrence. “Donald took me under his wing,” recalled Moffett. “He said he got a very strong feeling in his heart to raise me and train me. And even now with this release I wanted to make sure he saw all that he had given me and I took the things he taught me and put it into action.” The second port of call on Moffett’s journey was being part of Ted & Sherri. Partnered with Ted Winn, they released two critically-acclaimed albums, “The Healing Starts Right There…” and “Celebrate.”
RENEWED breaks down any perceptions that people might have had of whom Moffett is as an artist and reintroduces her artistic intricacies and extent of her range. No matter the style, she gives us precise vocals and depth and offers various styles and textures – whether it is gut-bucket down home church, an inspirational ballad, or pop dance track Moffett never sounds contrived. While listening, you will get the overall sense that she can really sing anything.
More than just a sequence of songs, the CD is her story in music. Every song comes from a special place in her life and each signifies something she has to say. “Everything you hear is my life,” said Moffett. “These are things I needed to say and I had to say them on my own. I got to that space in my life … I’m now a wife and a mother with two children … I wanted to deal with issues pertinent to me and these are things I had to say on my own.”
Aptly titled, RENEWED, represents the new place where Moffett is today. “Where the Bible talks about what is old cannot rest in a new place … I couldn’t bring what was old into this new place. The place where we started this record … it’s a whole new way for people to see me.”
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