The Pulse: China Moses Talks About Her Musical Birthright, Her Global Vantage, and a New EP
A self-described "French person with an American passport," China Moses is the definition of what it means to be a citizen of the world. Born in Los Angeles and raised in Paris, she's the offspring of NEA Jazz Master and GRAMMY-winning vocalist Dee Dee Bridgewater and the late film producer and activist Gilbert Moses.
Her parents always knew she would be a star. Her dad predicted that she would be signed to Virgin Records — and at 16, she released her first single on the label, "Time." She was a pop/R&B artist in France from 1996 to 2004. Her mom always encouraged her to just be herself and no one else, never having given her a voice lesson.
A television star for 13 years in France, Moses provided her voice for the French versions of The Princess and the Frog and The Lion King remake. Surprisingly, she has yet to really break into the American music market, having only moved back to the U.S. a few years ago. Her 2017 release, Nightintales, explores jazz, vintage R&B and cabaret. Her forthcoming EP, China Moses & The Vibe Tribe, drops Oct. 8, with a concerted effort to make her stateside introduction. (A lead single, "Nicotine," releases on Aug. 27.)
Moses is also a tastemaker and international radio personality, hosting “Made In China” on TSF Jazz on Thursdays at 7pm/Saturdays at 11am CEST, as well as “Late Night China Moses” on Jazz FM Monday through Thursday at 10pm GMT. Rooted purely in her love of supporting fellow artists, Moses plans to continue her work in radio while making music. She also mentors women in the music industry through The Woodshed Network, an initiative headed up by her mom, who serves as the Artistic Director.
On this episode of The Pulse, we discuss her musical upbringing and background, her career as an international radio host and vocalist, and the duality of living in two cultures.