Self-portrait by Brenda Nicole Moorer
Vocalist/actor Brenda Nicole Moorer may be young, but she’s been a force in Atlanta’s artistic community for more than a decade. A former member of the Youth Ensemble of Atlanta and a graduate of both the DeKalb School of the Arts and SCAD’s Master of Arts Program, Moorer started singing professionally at the age of 16. Since then, she’s graced the stage alongside locally based musical luminaries like Russell Gunn, Julie Dexter and Khari Cabral Simmons, among many others. In 2011, she dropped her debut solo album, the jazz/folk-centric “Songbird,” and in 2015, she released the acclaimed full-length follow-up, “Brand New Heart.” She’s also worked with Kenny Leon’s True Colors Theatre and garnered spots acting in TV shows like “Greenleaf,” “Star,” “American Soul” and more. On top that, she found the time to serve as the creator and artistic director of Touch x Agree, a nonprofit music organization dedicated to creating space for emerging musicians.
Fast-forward to the COVID-19-tinted landscape of 2020 and, although too many artists are seeing gigs disappear, it appears that some of Moorer’s most game-changing work is about to see the light of day. For one: She’s playing a role in the upcoming Aretha Franklin biopic, “Respect,” which stars Jennifer Hudson and is slated to hit theaters this December. And two: This summer, she’s unveiling her brand-new jazz album, “Marrow,” which she co-wrote with ATL’s own Kenny Banks Jr. and guitarist Trevor Wolford. To get more details, we recently checked in with Moorer, and she schooled us about what she’s got on tap.
Slo*Mo dedicates each edition of our “Unheard” column to shining a spotlight on creative folks in Atlanta who are making noise outside of the world of music. This time around, we turn the focus on enterprising artist Marryam Moma.
Karen Lowe — photo by Shannon McCollum
As director of Atlanta’s Chastain Arts Center, Karen Lowe spends a good chunk of time surveying the city’s (and the nation’s) artistic landscape to find the next-generation of talent bound to blow up and make waves. So, it only made sense that — as we started compiling a piece about visual artists to watch in the A — we hit up Lowe. A native of the metro area who rubs elbows with visionaries like Radcliffe Bailey and Fahamu Pecou (among many others), she offered Slo*Mo her take on three creatives that folks need to take notice of (before their stuff gets too damn pricey).
The May 2014 issue of Slo*Mo Magazine is out NOW!
Get your hands on our latest and greatest edition — featuring a cover story about Atlanta-based performance artist/promoter Kemi Bennings and her acclaimed event Soul Sista’s Juke Joint — at several convenient retail shops or download a digital version of the magazine right here: Slo*Mo Vol. 1, No. 7
Sunday, May 4, Slo*Mo Magazine presents another installment of Music Snob — the nightlife event for folks with discriminating tastes!
The Slo*Mo crew will be on hand serving up more great music — new soul sounds and classic stuff too — (supplied by DJ Larmarrous Shirley and special guest spinners) … and hot-off-the-presses copies of the May issue of Slo*Mo Magazine!
Have your ass in the place! Oh and it’s FREE, so you gotta come through!
8 p.m.-12 a.m. the Sound Table, 483 Edgewood Avenue.
By now, most folks who keep up with Slo*Mo Media know that we co-produce the monthly podcast The Jamal Ahmad Project, hosted by radio veteran Jamal Ahmad. But you might not know that we also produce a weekly podcast — dubbed Mo Audio — in conjunction with the Internet radio station ABL+Radio.
The show — which shines a light on the cultural side of Atlanta and features interviews + the best of the best soul music — is hosted by Slo*Mo partners in crime DJ Larmarrous Shirley and Carlton Hargro — joined by longtime journalist Chante LaGon. Mo Audio “airs” every Wednesday on ABL+Radio.com (at 10 a.m. and 6 p.m.), but in case you have yet to hear it, we’ve collected the first five episodes for your listening pleasure below.
Check them out and then be sure to check us out every Wednesday!
Coming your way March 2, the good homies at Slo*Mo are proud to unveil Music Snob — a brand-new nightlife event for folks with “discriminating tastes.”
Fueled by the sounds of soul — vintage cuts (like Dr. Buzzard’s Original Savannah Band, Stevie Wonder, etc.) and fresh new shit (Omar, The Internet and more) — Music Snob is Slo*Mo’s official monthly release party. Stop by for each edition to hear only the dopest tunes by Slo*Mo’s own DJ Larmarrous (along with a cast of guest DJs) — and to be one of the first in the city to get your hands on a hot-off-the-presses issue of Slo*Mo!
It all goes down Sunday, March 2 at the Sound Table (483 Edgewood Ave.). Admission is free and festivities run from 8 p.m.-12 a.m. Whatever you do, don’t miss this sure-to-be incredible debut!