Contemporary Gospel artists are using all types of influences in their music. MOJEAN, made up of husband and wife team, Moses and Jeannine Holmes, have a love for Jazz. Jeannine, the singer, and Moses, the saxman, have been making beautiful music together for years. Separately and together, MOJEAN have performed with many top artists, including Daryl Coley, Ben Tankard, Shedrick Mitchell, and Marcus “Coco” Baylor, formerly of the Yellowjackets. Their affinity for Jazz is apparent in their brand new release called One. The lead single, “Another Day”, is a sophisticated yet uplifting tune of thanksgiving. Penned by Jeannine, the songwriter of the duo, the song expresses gratitude for a new day. A testimonial, “Another Day” was written as a way of thanking God for another day and an expression of praise after becoming a cancer survivor in 2002. A bouncy and celebratory tune, “Another Day” is the perfect song to greet the morning. The single is currently being serviced to gospel radio stations.
Produced by Dana T. Sorey, known for his work with Marvin Sapp, Jason Nelson and many others, and Sean “Smiles” Miles, One is a musical memoir of Moses and Jeannine’s challenges and triumphs. The group’s sophomore release is a 10-song collection of motivating and inspiring cuts. Flaunting R&B and gospel stylings, songs like the beautifully-penned, “God Is Still Good” and the reflective “More Than Anything” showcase the talents of this amazingly-gifted team. Gospel music fans will also enjoy the hand-clapper “Might As Well” and the reverent “Slain For Me”. The love birds also include a song to each other called “This Love”.
It all started with 5 simple words: “Can I call you sometime?” That’s what Moses said to Jeannine in the vestibule of the Springfield Baptist Church in Washington, DC. The year was 1986. Two years later, they were walking down the aisle as husband and wife. Fast forward almost twenty-five years: Moses and Jeannine are going stronger than ever. “I think that the years we’ve been together are truly a testimony of our relationship,” says Moses. “We’re not perfect, but because our focus is pleasing God, I believe that’s why we’ve stayed together,” says Jeannine.
Moses, hailing from Talladega, Alabama, sang in the church choir as a youngster. In middle school, he took up the saxophone. His love for music took center stage in high school when he became a drum major and while in college, he played in the marching band at the University of Alabama, The Million Dollar Band. After college, he continued tapping into his muse by playing in a couple of jazz ensembles. Meanwhile, Jeannine, who grew up in Salisbury, NC, fell in love with music at a very early age. She began writing songs at age 9. Growing up in church as well, Aretha Franklin and Mahalia Jackson were heard in her home. As a child, songwriting was just something “fun to do” in her spare time. A painfully shy child, she continued to hone her writing skills and had her first solo at the age of 10; she started singing regularly at age 15 in a local gospel community choir. As an adult, she took to performing and began singing at a variety of venues and was a member of Steve Lawrence & Friends. In 2007, she and Moses collaborated musically and recorded a CD, entitled, Another Day To Praise. One, released in early 2012, is MOJEAN’s first national release. The couple, who have two daughters, Lauren, 15, and Christen, 12, serve in music ministry under Pastor Darryl L. Godlock at Calvert County Baptist Church in Prince Frederick, MD. For more information on MOJEAN, log on to www.mojean.com.