Terry Moore - ChristianMusic.com
Terry Moore, the Executive Music Director at Salem Baptist Church in Chicago,
is gifted with not only musical talents but blessed with the calling to
please the Lord through a music ministry; creating and producing praise
and worship music, leading others musically "into the holy presence of
God", and sharing his musical gifts in music clinics, workshops and
seminars for other church choirs and musicians wanting to learn and be
inspired in their own efforts to create praise and worship music for
the Lord's glory and praise. For Terry Moore has a love and dedication
to the Lord which runs deeper than just his music ministry, as he
strives to also please his Lord and Savior with all his given talents
"in all facets of his life through living giving and teaching."
The scripture which inspires Terry to fully glorify the Lord with all
his given talents is Psalm 1:1-2: "Blessed in the man who does not walk
in the counsel of the ungodly, or stand in the way of sinners, or sit
in the seat of the scornful. But his delight is in the law of the Lord;
and on his law he meditates day and night."
Such a person is "like a tree planted by streams of water, which yields
its fruit in season, and whose leaf does not wither. Whatever he does
prospers." (Psalm 1:3 NIV)
Looking at Terry Moore's life and what he has accomplished for the
Lord in his various endeavors and music ministry, points to a man who
loves the Lord with his whole heart, and walks the talk with
perseverance, dedication and obedience to the leadings of the Holy
Spirit, for the glory of God.
Terry Moore was blessed by being born into a loving family of
committed, dedicated Christians, which gave him an excellent start down
the road to becoming a servant of the Lord. Concerning his childhood
and youth, the verse which comes to my mind is Proverbs 22:6 - "Train a
child in the way he should go, and when he is old, he will not turn
Plenty of seeds of faith were planted in
young Terry, as well as the values and exposure to folks who had a
strong relationship with the Lord. Terry Moore graciously shared with ChristianMusic.com
about his early life, when his family encouraged his spiritual
development and encouraged the values which have helped to shape and
The value of education and training
was instilled in his formative years, which stood with him throughout
his youth and young adulthood.
ChristianMusic.com: Where did you grow up?
Terry replied, "I grew up in Chicago,
mid-city Chicago South Side actually. Born and raised. I went to public
schools and I went to Catholic schools for part of my elementary
schooling, and then high school at Morgan Park.
I graduated, and then went to North Park College and seminary for three
and a half years. I transferred, then graduated from Columbia College downtown, with a degree in Marketing."
Did you grow up in a Christian home and /or have a Christian church family, or did the you find the Lord later?
"I've been in church my whole life. I was born and raised in church. My
grandmother and dad were pastors. Now my mom and oldest brother are
What talents or attitudes / character qualities were you encouraged to develop? Who in your life has been a source of guidance, reinforced your character, taught you your important values?
"Well, I was encouraged to live a life of integrity, live a holy life,
a clean life through my dad, my mom, grandmother, aunts and uncles.
Everybody was in church. They were musicians and singers at the time
and that's who I patterned myself after."
Spiritual Influences: What has helped you grow spiritually In your adult years?
father; Rev. John H. Moore, Pastor James Meeks, my older brothers John
and Tori, and different pastors around the country were my strongest
influences. There are many pastors, ministers and men of God around the
country who have influenced me but mostly my dad."
been in this walk with Christ for a long time, but since my dad passed
in 2003 I've really grown and been drawn closer to God in my music,
prayer life, and Bible reading."
Terry shares with ChristianMusic.com about his early musical experiences, his musical influences, both gospel and secular music.
was your early musical experience? When did you start singing /
playing the piano /organ / writing songs? First performances?
started singing, playing (singing first) at the age of seven. My family
used to have a group we're actually still together it's called the
Moore Four. There were four of us, our last name was Moore and we sang
everywhere in Chicago and abroad. I
started playing professionally at the age of sixteen or seventeen with
the Chicago Mass Choir at the time and then the Soul Children of Chicago, (Walt Whittman)."
Influences: Artists ( secular and Christian) which have influenced
your singing style, performance skills and / or composing.
"I have a number of secular artists and gospel artists who influence
me. My favorite two gospel artists would be Andre Crouch and Walter
Hawkins, who I currently work and travel with now, Bishop Hawkins.
Andre Couch has been a vital part of my music, training and growing up.
I had an opportunity to work with him for several months at his church.
He's had a great influence on our family so has Bishop Hawkins. There
are other gospel artists but those are my favorite two."
Other gospel artists who have "poured into Terry's career" include Yolanda Adams
Music Director:Rev. Darly Coley, Minister of Music:Rev. Milton Brunson
and the Thompson Community Singers, Kurt Carr, Bebe & Cece Winans
, Donnie McClurkin and Smokey Norful.
Concerning secular artists, Terry shared,
"I have a number of people I've listened to, in order to stay fresh
with my chops and that kind of thing. People like George Duke, Sting,
Yellow Jackets, Chicago, Journey and all of the pop artists out there. There are too many to name. But I also listen to Peter Cetera and Dave Foster to name a few."
How did the Lord prepare you for your life of service through music?
"By being in church all of my life. All I've been around is praise and
worship music. We used to have a thing back in church called Testimony
Service and people would volunteer and stand up at random and tell
their testimony and most of the time it was accompanied with a song.
That's how I learned most of the hymns and praise songs and that
prepared me for what I am now."
2007, Terry Moore released an inspiring collection of his music, in his
album RIGHT WHERE YOU ARE CD, which truly does usher the listener "into
the holy presence of God", giving us a sample of what it must be like
to worship in Salem Baptist Church in Chicago, where he is the music director!
Terry has dedicated this collection of 12 songs to his late father, Rev. John H. Moore.
RIGHT WHERE YOU ARE CD, features TERRY MOORE & Resurrected Choral Ensemble
who present some inspiring Contemporary & Urban Gospel worship
anthems, praise and worship songs,which I bet have been tried out
during worship services. In an upcoming review, ChristianMusic.com will explore why these songs are sure to gladden the heart, uplift the Spirit and feed the soul.
Julie Carr - For ChristianMusic.com
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