CHARLES MOORER AND THE FAITHFUL FEW
Over 20 years ago, Chuck Moorer left his native Ohio and moved to L.A. to pursue his musical dreams. Considering that the talented singer and bassist was raised up in church, and sang at gospel concerts as a kid everywhere from Akron University, Kent State University, Prayer Tower Church of God In Christ, and a host of other churches and events, it surprised some that he was pursuing secular music. Exploring his passion for R&B/funk and jazz, he was in several of those kinds of bands throughout college and beyond. It took a lot of soul searching, a bunch of hard knocks and closed doors, and some definitive signs (which all came with wild stories) to bring him back to the Lord. Once he felt that God “pricked” his heart and he headed back home musically and physically, his sense of purpose became much clearer.
While attending the NAACP Image Awards one year in L.A., Chuck met legendary Grammy winning gospel singer and pastor Donnie McClurkin, who kindly remembered an email Chuck had sent him a few years earlier about their mutual love for Donnie’s major inspiration, Andrae Crouch. McClurkin told Chuck how, for him, pastoring and music ministry came together perfectly, like a hand in a glove, with one complementing the other to uplift people’s lives and draw their souls closer to God. Chuck was attentive as the singer told him how while his music is blessing the church, his preaching in turn blessed his music ministry. McClurkin’s words, combined with a rededication to the Lord and Chuck’s rediscovery of gospel via contemporary genre superstar Fred Hammond and his ensemble Commissioned, inspired a whole new, incredible double life for Chuck as a pastor and singer.
For over 12 years now, every Sunday morning, the congregation at Divine Direction Christian Church in Indianapolis, an affiliate of the Indiana Wesleyan Church, come to hear “Pastor Chuck” sing and preach. He says “Singing calms me and helps me focus on the message I’m about to share.” Chuck also leads a band of musical ministers called the Faithful Few Music Ministry, whose original lineup he formed in 2000. The Faithful Few’s primary mission has been to expand beyond the four walls of the church and outreach to all people across the world. The group, now releasing their 7-track debut album Divine Direction under the name Charles Moorer & The Faithful Few, plays a dynamic mixture of traditional and contemporary gospel styles with a touch of jazz and funk that ministers to all age groups.
Although it is Chuck’s desire and that of his band and singers that the music be used to encourage people to meet God in Christ all around the world, a portion of the proceeds from Divine Direction will go to the Indiana Make-A-Wish Foundation, which was supportive of Chuck and his family when his son Chadwin, then 16, was battling renal sickle cell carcinoma, a form of cancer that gave him a 10% survival rate. The wish they provided turned into a celebration of life when Chadwin was miraculously healed. Charles himself was healed of cancer just a few years later. Another unique element of the recording is the fact that it has seven tracks – just as Pastor Charles promises all future Faithful Few albums will. “In the Bible, starting with the creation story, the number seven is God’s number for completion,” he says. “If it’s good enough for Him, it’s good enough for us!”