Atlanta Jazz Singer Carries On Soulful Legacy: When Brenda Nicole Moorer performs, she stands on more than just a stage; the Atlanta jazz singer is also standing on the shoulders of many incredible artists who came before her.
Moorer is currently preparing to release her sophomore album, Brand New Heart, preceeded by the single “Re-Imagine,” a song she says perfectly encapsulates the album’s theme of rebirth. Moorer’s roots in jazz music stretch back to her childhood, during which the singer remembers listening to cassette tapes of Billie Holiday and Nina Simone and teaching herself to sing along with the jazz greats. But music is also in Moorer’s blood; her grandfather Alvis co-founded the group The Esquires, who had a big hit in 1967 with “Get On Up” and performed together for decades. "Our house was kind of like the party house, so all the family would come over and we would have, you know, our family talent show, and we would do our thing,” she remembers. “And I honestly was scared to sing for a long time, because I was surrounded by so many great singers."
Brenda Nicole Moorer recently spent some time with Good Day Atlanta’s Paul Milliken at City Winery Atlanta to talk about her new album and to perform a few cuts with her band. But she also got a big surprise when our record-collecting reporter showed off a unique piece of Moorer’s musical history!
Clark Atlanta University women's Basketball player, Nicole Graham, is honoring her aunt's legacy by retiring a framed replica of her #23 game jersey, Her aunt was murdered in the Charleston Church Massacre. Graham, will be presented with a basketball jersey bearing the #9 representing all of the victims killed in the massacre. The ceremony will take place during Senior Day at the final home game of the season. For more information click here.