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I've been blown away since I first heard your voice. And everyone from my 50th

 celebration is still talking about your wonderful gift from God. I am so happy

that you have made this giant step. I've been in the stores looking for the CD.



Temika Moore's

Moment of Truth

A debut CD on the Moore II Come Entertainment label



Wow!!! Good vibrations like this should not be kept to one's self!!! And believe me I do not plan to be selfish. Now where do I start??? Now considering what a lot of people call music now a days is enough cronically ill!! he magic word is cronic!!! You bring water to the desert baby!!! This is certainly ear candy!!! The fact you know of the great Ella Fitzgerald is just icing on the cake!!! Your phrasing, one, control takes me back to a time when our music was Substance!!!!Cant wait to play it @ my radio station!!! God bless you angel!!! Believe me we will get you in Houston!!!

Peace the  jazzkelley!!!  

It was indeed a pleasure singing background vocals on your "Moment of Truth" CD. I've been playing it every single day. What a powerful talent you have. Congratulations and God's richest blessings to you and your musical career. Lorna

I've been blown away since I first heard your voice. And everyone from my 50th celebration is still talking about your wonderful gift from God. I am so happy that you have made this giant step. I've been in the stores looking for the CD. Can't wait to get it as gifts for all my buds!! GOD BLESS!!  Cynthia

I received the CD today and all I can say is "WOW". The Lord has blessed you not only with a beautiful voice but also with a powerful message. Your heart, your love for life, and your love for God shine through on every song.

Peace and Blessings   Kim

Hey Lady, your CD is truly a blessing. I love it. It definitely ministered to my spirit. The two that especially hit home for me was "Holding On To You" (I cried like a baby because it reminds me of my dad that past away this year) and "With You"(I'm requesting that as my wedding song next year, clear your calendar ;0) I wish you continued blessing girl. Keep up the good work. Keena

I loved your rendition of Summertime!!! I can't wait to get the CD and see ya again. I am extremely proud of your accomplishments. My hubby and I will always be there to support you. Many blessings sisterfriend!!!!! Christine

Source:                                           All photos by Eva Hambach


Temika Moore - She's savvy, sexy, sophisticated, and undoubtedly one of the most versatile, soul-stirring Contemporary Jazz/Soul vocalists to grace the eastern seaboard. Temika's range and interpretive style is as impressive as those of Rachelle Ferrell, Diane Reeves, Maysa, Cassandra Wilson, Angie Stone, Angela Winbush and Mariah Carey to name a few.

On any given day you can find this refreshing talent wearing many hats. Temika is no ordinary artist. She is a songwriter, recording artist, performing artist, and savvy businesswoman. With a diverse background in corporate America, Temika is no stranger to the inner workings of the business world.

In 1998, Temika created Moore II Come Entertainment, a multi-dimensional entertainment company that serves as the umbrella entity for her bookings, management, promotions, recording, music production and publishing.

If you are fortunate to have an opportunity to see her perform live, you are in for a life changing experience. Often interacting with her audience sharing personal stories of hope, struggle and perseverance, you will experience an intimate evening of music and inspiration that is sure to leave you wanting more, moving you to action.

Born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Temika started her music career at the famed Philadelphia High School for Creative & Performing Arts, where she shared the stage with world-renowned artists Boyz II Men, Amel Larieux, The Roots members, Black Thought and ?uestlove (Ahmir Thompson), Joey DeFrancesco and Christian McBride.

During that time, Temika had the opportunity to perform with the Philadelphia Pops Orchestra, as well as having solo performances at the Philadelphia Mayoral Inauguration. Temika has been among the many celebrity-invited guests to perform for ABC MasterCard Thanksgiving Day Parades, in addition to securing first place in numerous vocal competitions, including the legendary Apollo Theatre. For her accomplishments as an extremely diverse and mature performing vocalist, Temika was awarded and became the first recipient of the coveted Ella Fitzgerald Music Scholarship Award.

Temika furthered her study of music, with an emphasis on applied vocal technique and performance at the University of Maryland Eastern Shore, where she also received her Bachelors Degree in Sociology/Pre-Law-Magna Cum Laude and was recognized as "The Most Outstanding Graduate."

Temika's credits include national anthem performances for NBA team The Washington Wizards, in addition to nationally recognized venues: Blues Alley (Washington, DC), Shelly's New York (formerly Motown Café), Zanzibar Blue (Philadelphia, PA), The Smithsonian Museum (Washington, DC), and has shared the stage with notables such as Stanley Turrentine, the Marcus Johnson Project, Spur of the Moment, Vinx, Allyson Williams and Tony Terry to name a few.

Temika's debut CD, Moment of Truth is a musical journey into the soul of an awe-inspiring talent.

The title is derived from her personal journey to find peace and truth in her spiritual and professional life.

 What better title to introduce the listener to an intimate musical experience with Ms. Moore. Temika wants the listener to walk away with a sense of empowerment as stated in the third track of this CD, "No longer will I look for others to validate me, it's my life and I know what I want it to be-I'm so glad I found peace of mind!" These offerings are deeply personal and can be categorized as what she calls "so-jazz"-soulful contemporary jazz inspired music.

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