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China Moses in Cannes,2012
January 9, 1978 |
Los Angeles, California, United States
|Genres||Jazz, RnB, Soul, pop|
|Labels||Blue Note, EMI, UMG|
Life and career
China Moses is the daughter of Dee Dee Bridgewater and director Gilbert Moses. She released her first single "Time" (1996) at the age of 18 along with her first video directed by Jean-Baptiste Mondino. This success was followed by three albums: China (1997), On Tourne en Rond ("We Turn Around") (2000), and Good Lovin (2004). She worked on her albums with Swedish hip hop label Breaking Bread as well as artists such as DJ Mehdi, Diam’s, Karriem Riggins, Guru, Anthony Marshall, and sound engineer Bob Power.
She has appeared on music channels such as: MCM (1999-2001) and MTV France (2004-2011). In 2011 she joined the team for the 8th season of French TV show Le Grand Journal on Canal+ which she left in July 2012. From October 2011 to December 2012 she has been presenting Jazz Radio’s Made in China a daily program which aired from 7:00pm to 8:00 pm. In a bid to manage her activities as an entertainer, China launched her own production company in 2008 called MadeInChina Productions.
China Moses and Raphaël Lemonnier, one of Camille’s backing singers, created a show called “Gardenias For Dinah”, a tribute to their mutual idol Dinah Washington. She was the inspiration for the album This One’s For Dinah which was released in 2009 by Blue Note.
After their worldwide tour which included Europe, India, Lebanon, Canada, and Japan, Moses and Lemonnier's latest opus was a tribute to the great blues and jazz female singers who have inspired her or have influenced her. Crazy Blues was released in 2012 (MadeInChina Productions/Decca/UMG).
In addition to her participation on André Manoukian album So In Love 2010 (Blue Note France/EMI), Moses presented a new show in the fall of 2013 featuring torch songs such as "Don't Let Me Be Misunderstood", "Lullaby of Birdland" and "I've Got You Under My Skin". Additionally, she performs in "Cafe Society Swing", a show written and produced by Alex Webb (musician) that revives the good times of the legendary 1940s New York nightclub, Cafe Society, which promoted racial equality and progressive causes and where "Strange Fruit" was performed for the first time by Billie Holiday.
She co-presented and sang at the first UNESCO International Jazz Day in Paris in 2012 and performed numerous times for US UNESCO. She initiated a documentary on the first and second International Jazz Day in Paris. In 2013, she was invited to participate in the Young Leaders Program of the French American Foundation.
On several occasions, she has shared the stage with her mother, Dee Dee Bridgewater, accompanied by orchestras such as the Deutsches Filmorchester Babelsberg and the WDR Big Band.
- 1997 : China (Source/Virgin)
- 2000 : On tourne en Rond (Source)
- 2004 : Good Lovin (EMI)
- 2009 : This One's For Dinah (MadeInChina Productions/Blue Note France/EMI)
- 2012 : Crazy Blues (MadeInChina Productions/Decca/Universal Classics and Jazz International)
Crazy Blues, a project featuring Moses as both vocalist and producer, was conceived as a tribute to some of the Great Dames of Blues and Soul whose careers have fascinated her over the years. They include Dinah Washington and some of her precursors and peers: Mamie Smith, Helen Humes, Lil Green, Ma Rainey, as well as stars like Esther Phillips, Nina Simone, Janis Joplin, Etta James, Ann Peebles and Donna Summer.
To avoid unflattering comparisons, Moses and Raphaël Lemonnier decided to exploit the resources provided by their own personal journeys marked by discovery, musical encounters, and passion without worrying too much about labels, or being confined by specific genres. Therefore, the songs veer from the originals with an innovative twist on composition and arrangements by Lemonnier – who sometimes incorporates a Wurlitzer piano. As well as utilizing the skills of musicians experienced in this type of exercise, they added horn orchestrations by Francois Biensan to bring a breath of fresh air to Why Don’t You Do Right, a classic by Lil Green with a version by Peggy Lee; Crazy Blues by Mamie Smith which kick-started the trend for blues singers, Cherry Wine, the duo with Sly Johnson, originally sung by a young Esther Phillips, and Donna Summer’s song Hot Stuff. With the same spirit in mind, "You’re Crying" is performed on this album using a string section – arranged by Jean-Claude Ghrenassia – that does not appear in Dinah Washington’s version. Other songs on this album include the "Work Song" by Nina Simone; "Closing Time", a duo with Hugh Coltman, who also wrote the words put to music by Raphaël, a song concerning the atmosphere of a bar at the end of the night, and "The Mailman The Butcher and Me", an original composition by Moses, Raphaël and Alex Webb (musician) dedicated to different men evoked in the blues scene such as the doctor in "Dr. Feelgood", the dentist in "Long John Blues" and the TV repair man in "T.V. Is The Thing This Year". A rhythm section backs the performances of a range of soloists. Moses performed "Resolution Blues" by Dinah Washington, "You’re Crying" (embellished with a solo by Luigi Grasso), Etta James’s "I Just Wanna Make Love To You" and "Just Say I Love Him" by Nina Simone with a trombone intro played by Bastien Ballaz. Along with these songs, other songs have been recorded specifically for stage performances such as: "Kitchen Man" by Bessie Smith, the Empress of the Blues, "Today I Sing The Blues" by Helen Humes and Aretha Franklin and "Love Me Or Leave Me" sung so memorably by Billie Holiday. China has said: "We have been on tour to India, Japan and Montreal. We opened for B.B. King and Dionne Warwick. Our stage performances are organized like a show. I love to tell stories, I see myself as a jazz storyteller and I like to make sure that people smile in between songs."
Compilation Albums and Sidewoman
- 1995 : Sol En Si (Solidarité Enfants Sida)
- For Your Love (duo with Dee Dee Bridgewater, her mother)
- 1997 : Rue Case-Nègres by Nèg'Marrons
- Ménage à 4
- 1997 : Jazz à St-Germain
- Lover Man
- 1998 : Détournement de Son by Fabe
- Superstars, Superheros
- 2000 : Loa Project Vol. 2 by DJ Cam
- 2000 : Les Lascars Contre le Sida
- Ton Passé
- 2001 : Kimberlite
- Tell Me How Much (duo with Will Roberson)
- 2001 : Supernova Superstar by Sinclair
- Qu'est-ce qui Me Pousse
- 2001 : Les Voix de l'Espoir, a feminine collective founded by Princess Erika
- Que Serais-je Demain ?
- 2001 : Jalane by Jalane
- 2003 : Flic$ & Hor$-La-Loi by Gomez & Dubois
- Hôtel Commissariat
- 2003 : Brut de Femme by Diam's
- 2003 : Soulshine Vol 2 by DJ Cam
- He's Gone
- 2004 : Honneur aux Dames by Takfarinas
- Sih Sit
- C'est l'Amour
- 2005 : Peines de Maures by La Caution
- Boite de Macs
- 2005 : Mr Freedom by Gabin
- The Other Way Around
- She's Still Watching Me
- Thousand And One Nights
- Just Be Yourself
- 2007 : Tribute to Polnareff
- Lettre à France (duo with Weepers Circus)
- 2010 : The Princess and the Frog by The Walt Disney Company: Tiana (Lead Character)
- 2010 : Alpha Omega by Wayne Beckford (sings on "Come On Over")
- 2010 : So In Love by André Manoukian
- 2010 : Alarash by Alarash
- 2013 : Swingin the Count by Cedric Caillaud Trio
- Lil' Darlin
- 2013 : Ikiz Checking In by Ikiz
- 1997 : Time directed by Jean-Baptiste Mondino
- 2000 : Être La Bas directed by Kool-Mangaa
- 2004 : Ce Serait Si Simple (with Djibril Cissé) directed by John Gabriel Biggs
- 2009 : Mad About the Boy directed by Aurélien Poitrimoult
- 2009 : Dinah's Blues
- 2009 : Dinah's Blues Live
- 2009 : Fine Fine Daddy Live produced by MadeInChina Productions
- 2013 : China Moses à l'International Jazz Day
- 2013 : Crazy Blues directed by Alastair "Gee- Lock" Christopher
- 2007 : Sound design for MTV France Channels
- 2009 : The Princess and The Frog: Voice of Tiana (the Princess) (French dub)
- 2012 : Advertising Levi's Go Forth 2012 France
- 1997: Moesha (TV Series): Chyna
- Songs in the Key of Strife (1997) ... Chyna
- 2013 : Battle of the Year: MTV France Host
- "China Moses - Bringing back the good times". RFID JOURNAL. Retrieved 2014-08-25.