About 6 years ago, I was lucky enough to get hired as an intern at Universal Music Group. (UMGD) It was then that I met Moses, the talented and inspirational artist who graced us with his gift in Season 2 of The Voice. Except, I don’t know him as Moses Stone – I know him as MoMo. I didn’t accidentally bump into him on his way into a meeting or while fetching him some coffee, either. Moses was an intern, like me, hungry to learn the ins and outs of the biz as he devoted the rest of his time to pursuing his dreams of being an artist.
Once our semester ended, we were both hired to become project managers.. and that’s when I truly fell in love with Moses. No official interview can shed enough light on this guy’s soul. Now, I may be a bit biased here because I’ll be the first to admit that when everyone went home for the day, Moses and I, along with a few other coworkers, would hang out, dance and rap as we wrapped up the day’s work. I’d like to call that insta-friendship.
I couldn’t be happier for his success. Not only because he is a friend, but because he really worked hard to get to where he is today (and he’s still climbing). I am thrilled to be able to feature him as the launch of our Indie Dick column. He is the epitome of the message we are trying to leave behind. So go ahead: Listen.
When did the music bug bite? How did you know this was it for you?
MS: I started music at the age of 10 rapping, singing and dancing, It was something that I always did and I enjoyed it. I use to stay up all night and I self thought myself piano and how to produce beats. I was always practicing and working on my craft as a kid it came so natural to me.
How did you develop as an artist since we first met?
MS: I know who I am as a artist, my sound, my style and I know my goals & what I want for my career. I realized that it’s about building your brand and Moses Stone is my brand and I know what my fans and demographic want from me; what makes them tic; what gets them excited; what type of music and things they want to hear from me. Musically, I’ve transitioned into a singer which you will hear more of that side on my new mixtape “RESILIENT”.
Tell us about your journey before The Voice
MS: The hurdles I’ve been through built me to be the artist and person I am today, losing my older cousin who got me started in rapping, to street violence. Moving to California by myself with no family or friends and having to learn [everything] on my own. Struggling but keeping a smile on my face while chasing my dreams – all of these things made me who I am. In life it’s about your experiences and I’ve learned and am still learning from all of mine.
When you decided to audition, did you think you had a chance?
MS: Hell No…. Haha kidding. I was extremely confident in my talent and my abilities but I didn’t think they would accept a rapper on a singing show & I knew that the coaches were expecting singers and they couldn’t see me and my performance. Fast-Forward to now, I made it on Christina Aguilera’s team and was the first ever rapper/singer in the history on the show! God is great!