Mary Moore is one of Kansas City’s living musical legends. She came on the K.C. music scene in the early 70’s with a passion and a driveness singing Jazz and Rhythm &Blues. She was an instant talk of the town, noted as “polished n’ professional” and loved by her colleges, many, KC’S legendary musician’s who were alive at that time. . She was a natural, singing since childhood stemming from gospel roots in church in Cullen, Louisiana, (aka) Froggy Bottom, La. She had a powerful stage presence, a gift of connecting with people, and she quickly became one of who’s who in KC, working with many of KC’S established and legendary musician’s. By the early 80’s Mary is opening act for Richard Pryor, Tower of Power, Bobby Bland, and numerous notables both national and international artists into mid eighties.She struck out for higher ground and new opportunities on the east coast and found herself once again the talk of the town via the historical World Famous Appollo Theater. Mary arrived just as Percy Sutton was reviving the Appollo. She brought the house down singing the Blues. Maria Patrick, a producer for CBS came to the Appollo the hear Mary after hearing her sing at a party in Manhattan, and produced a segment for CBS’ “West 57Th St. Meredith Viara, now a host of a Today on NBC Morning News Show, was the host of that segment. Mary Moore was the target in that documentary- which later inspired “Show Time at The Appollo”. Mary was invited to participate in the first running pilots. She was Showtime’s first multiple winner, followed by David Peston.
Fast forward into the 90’s where She went to Europe and sang with some of America’s and Europe’s most notable Blues Stars, Luther Allison and the likes. She was captured on stage in Pompeii, Italy, during a performance, by a famous photographer for a European magazine, where she drew a large crowd, which frustrated tour guides who were trying to coral the tourist’s in Ancient Ruins just outside of Rome. She was a hit at the Famous Que Du Blues in Paris, France- in Germany, Switzerland, and Music Festivals in Europe.
After returning from Europe, Mary became more involved in community activism with various civic organizations and events: Heart of America United Way; Chairman of Education of Blues in the Schools; KC Blues Society; Singing spokesperson- Women’s Employment Network; Host weekly radio music show “Heart n’ Soul “on KKFI 90.1 FM.
She wrote, produced and stared in her first one woman musical play in 2000, entitled “Lest We Forget”, a short tour in Kentucky, and presentation in Bermuda. She was one of eleven African Americans to participate in the historical “Middle Passage Monument Project” event, lowering a monument in the world’s largest unmarked gravesite in the Atlantic Ocean 1999, sponsored by The Homeward Bound Foundation Wa, DC, and in 2000 participated in another historical event in Harlem, welcoming The Amistad to the Hudson in Harlem, both historical event’s recorded by news agency’s from around the world.
Mary once again made International headlines in summer 2007, in Senegal, Africa, as part of a delegation with Harlem Women International and New Future Foundation, Harlem, NY, as guests of Janice Jacobs at the US Embassy, and the French Government, for a historic event on Goree Island, and the Door of No Return. Mary made headlines, as one of first’s to reside for an extended time, in the Slave House on Goree Island, since it’s ending of the slave trade.
Mary’s latest original “one woman act” Meet me at the TABLE” was first presented in New Haven, Ct and in KC., Currently charting new ground to lead the charge help rescue and save America’s urban youth. You will be hearing a lot more in the months from Mary Moore’s Back to The TABLE Project and in the coming years, as Mary keeps moving forward.