So Much Moorer: Brenda Nicole Moorer on her new album, her role in the Aretha Franklin biopic + love for the ATL

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.

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Summer Spotlight: Anthony David

For most folks, the coming of summer means the start of some serious, sun-soaked downtime — chill-tastic stints at festivals, cookouts, beaches, etc. But for Atlanta’s community of music makers (just like other creative cats from across the nation), the coming of summer signals the beginning of what could be their busiest time of year.

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