On September 7, 2012, after seven years of waiting, I was finally blessed to The Lioness, singer-songwriter Teedra Moses live. Moses opened her “Lamb 2 Lion” tour in DC at The Howard Theatre. She dazzled on the stage. Her show included a well-paced set of favorites from her debut album and her mixtapes, along with several inspired, well-received cuts from her soon-to-be-released sophomore album The Lioness. The show was further proof that she is one of the most underrated R&B/Soul singers in the game.
It’s actually been eight years since the release of Moses’ debut album Complex Simplicity. The album was released to great critical acclaim but to little commercial fanfare. However since that time, she’s developed quite a devoted following. Her beloved live shows are well-attended and her mixtapes tend to be better than some of your favorite contemporary artists’ albums. Moses has released 5 mixtapes, her most recent was 2011’s Luxurious Undergrind (released a few months after being signed to Rick Ross’ Maybach Music Group).
Moses wasted no time getting the crowd hype by opening her show with the lead single from Luxurious Undergrind, “Another Luvr,” with an interpolation of Soul II Soul’s “Back To Life.” Moses turned in stellar performances, especially on songs like “Take Me,” which featured her talented background vocalist Jeret Black (or J. Black), “You’ll Never Find (A Better Woman),” “Complex Simplicity,” “You Better Tell Her,” which featured Carl Kelly, “Caught Up,” and her sultry classic “R U 4real (freestyle).” Moses’ voice, pure, smooth, and soulful, glided effortlessly over the music. She possesses one of the most beautiful voices in the industry. She’s also one of the few contemporary artists who sound even better live than they do in the studio.
Moses developed a great rapport with the audience instantaneously. She rapped to the audience like we were best friends or family throughout the show. At the beginning of her encore for example, she talked about how crazy Hollywood is and how difficult it is trying to keep one’s composure when dealing with the insanity. She said she’s a sweet, down-to-earth person who is so not Hollywood. But she made it a point to say that while she may be sweet—don’t fuck with her (yet another reason why we love her). Moses had planned to perform a song she wrote entitled “Hollywood,” in which see sings about the craziness of the industry, but opted instead to pay homage to Rufus & Chaka Khan by singing an impassioned version of their song of the same name. Moses closed the show with the sexy, fan favorite “Backstroke.”
Another memorable element of the show was the live art. During the show, DC artist Demont “Peekaso” Pinder painted a beautiful portrait of singer-songwriter extraordinaire Sade, Moses’ favorite singer. I had the opportunity to meet the extremely talented Peekaso after the show. He’s mad cool. For more information about Peekaso and his work, go to: http://www.demontpeekaso.net/.
After the show, Moses greeted and took pictures with fans. The fact that she takes the time to meet her fans after her shows is a testament to how much she loves and appreciates them. Having met Moses, I have to say how refreshing it was to meet a celebrity who is so sweet and laid-back in-person. Some celebrities turn the shade, pretense, and ego on when meeting their fans. Not Moses. She may be a natural rock star, but she’s approachable. And this translates quite well into her music and her live shows. Her artistry comes from a passionate, genuine, authentic place. That’s what makes it so easy for fans to relate to her and her music.
I highly recommend catching Moses on her “Lamb 2 Lion” tour. Aside from Luxurious Undergrind, I promise you it’s the perfect musical treat to tie you over until her sophomore album The Lioness is released later this year.