POET, RENAISSANCE WOMAN JESSICA CARE MOORE
ANNOUNCES HER DEBUT ALBUM BLACK TEA: THE LEGEND OF JESSI JAMES
Multi-Talented Artist jessica Care Moore Set to Release Her First Album October 2nd on Javotti Media Featuring Talib Kweli, Roy Ayers, Jose James and Ursula Rucker
(Detroit, MI) After 20 years of performing and working with music, poet, author, and producer jessica Care moore will release her debut album, Black Tea: The Legend of Jessi James, October 2nd on Talib Kweli’s Javotti Media in partnership with her company, Words on Wax. Black Tea is produced by jessica Care moore and pianist Jon Dixon and features the legendary Roy Ayers, jazz vocalist Jose James, fellow poet Ursula Rucker as well as hip-hop artists Talib Kweli and One Belo.
Black Tea features 12 tracks and three bonus songs. The second single, “This is a Bus with Wings” was released last month with a video premiere on Ebony.com. Reflective of jessica’s multi-genre style, the album features a fusion of jazz, hip-hop, and poetry. Very rooted in jessica’s experiences in Detroit and New York, the album was recorded at Submerge, housed in Detroit’s techno museum.
“It’s jazz and it’s electric. It’s about people feeling what I am talking about,” says jessica of the forthcoming album. “This work is my heart. Every line is on purpose.”
Previous to Black Tea jessica has been featured on Nas’ Nastrodamus album and more recently on Talib Kweli’s Attack the Block mixtape. She has long fused music, poetry, rock, jazz and theatre creating original works such as her experimental techno ballet, “Salt City: An Afrofuturistic Choreopoem” which premiered at Spelman College earlier this year.
“I am excited to be able to work with jessica Care moore on her first album,” says Talib Kweli. “She has not just been one of my best friends for years; she’s been a friend to passionate artists worldwide. Her independent spirit, Detroit badassness and use of words are inspirational. She speaks to us and for us.”
Born in Detroit, jessica Care moore first came to national prominence when she won the legendary televised, Showtime at the Apollo Amateur Night competition a record breaking five times in a row, with then host Steve Harvey. She has since performed around the world and worked with luminaries such as Sonia Sanchez, Patti Labelle, Nikki Giovanni, and Stephanie Mills. Her self owned publishing company Moore Black Press she has published books for Saul Williams, Ras Baraka, Danny Simmons, and asha bandele. Her multidisciplinary artist projects have been featured exhibits at the American Jazz Museum and the Charles H. Wright Museum.
Black Tea: The Legend of Jessi James is currently available for pre-order on KweliClub.com. The album will officially release Friday, October 2nd across digital platforms. The first two singles, “You Want Poems” and “This is a Bus with Wings” are available on Soundcloud and Youtube.
Oct. 3rd: Cambridge, MA- With Talib Kweli
The Middle East Downstairs 472 Massachusetts Ave Cambridge, MA
Oct. 8th: Detroit, MI- Black Tea Release Party
Jazz Café at Music Hall 350 Madison Detroit, MI
“You Want Poems” ft. Jose James & Roy Ayers:
“This is a Bus Wings”:
BLACK TEA: The Legend of Jessi James Track Listing
- Intro to Jessi James – Prod. by Jessica Care Moore
- Walking Up 158th St (ft. Alicia Renee aka Blue Eyes)- Prod. by Jon Dixon
- Pieces (ft. Ideeyah) –Prod. by Jon Dixon
- Deep Breath (ft. One Belo)- Prod. by Jon Dixon
- You Want Poems (ft. Jose James and Roy Ayers) – Prod. by Jon Dixon
- Poem Before The End Of The World (ft. Alicia Renee aka Blue Eyes)- Prod. by Kenny Watson
- It Ain’t Like We Don’t (ft. Paris James)–Prod. by Paris James
- I Catch The Rain (ft. ursula rucker and Imani Uzuri)-Prod. by Sean Blackman
- Wild Irish Rose (ft. Ideeyah)-Prod. by Jessica Care Moore
- Catch Me If You Can (ft. Talib Kweli)-Prod. by Brady Watt and Decap
- Balance (ft. Ideeyah) –Prod. by Jon Dixon
- This Is A Bus With Wings – Prod. by Jon Dixon
Smoke (ft Stevie Soul) – Prod. by Jessica Care Moore
Jessica In Summer –Prod. by Paris Toon & Mothers Favorite Child
The Legend of Jessi James (ft. Wordsworth) – Prod. by Russell Gunn
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About jessica Care moore
jessica Care moore is an internationally renowned poet and multidisciplinary artist. An activist, entrepreneur, and institution builder, jessica is the CEO of Moore Black Press, executive producer of Black WOMEN Rock!, and founder of the literacy-driven, Jess Care Moore Foundation. Her poetry has been heard on stages around the world, including, Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center and the London Institute of Contemporary Arts. She is the 2013 Alain Locke Award Recipient from the Detroit Institute of Arts. She is the author of 5 books and has been featured in numerous anthologies alongside literary greats such as Zora Neale Hurston, Alice Walker, Octavia Butler and Maya Angelou.