VENTS had the honor of interviewing gospel singer and songwriter Angela Moss Poole to discuss her “Speak To The Mountain” music video, inspired by the Bible scripture Mark 11:23. Read the interview below.
At what point did you truly start to take your singing and songwriting seriously, and why then more than ever before?
About 20 years ago I began producing music, writing, and recording. In 2007, I released my debut album Reflections. It was around this time I began to treat my music career and ministry as more than a hobby.
How do you describe your unique style of faith-based productions versus the other artists creating in this genre?
Whether producing contemporary gospel, jazz, R&B, adult contemporary, country, inspirational or worship music, our main objective is making sure we are producing anthems and theme songs that inspire us to overcome our obstacles. I believe that’s the unique style we bring to the marketplace.
Talk about your life as an executive at 141st Lane Music record label as well as your participation in the Gospel Music Association and the National Association of Black Female Executives in Music and Entertainment. How has this involvement affected your creative process and musical creations to date?
As an executive at 141st Lane Music, which is a family-owned, boutique label founded by myself, my husband Corey Poole, and Michael Poole (aka omgitsBachi) has been amazing! The label serves as a conduit for independent artists in the industry. I have been given the opportunity to being my business background in accounting and consulting to manage our artist roster and label catalog. We have been able to produce music in various genres including hip-hop, electronic, R&B, jazz, country, gospel, and inspirational. As of 2022, 141st has produced a number of chart-topping hits, grown the following of its artists, and garnered awards/placements from ESPN, HBO, video games, and several product campaigns. Collectively, the artist roster is composed of me, Bachi, Lil Goat, and Gia Wyre, which to date has generated millions of combined streams on digital platforms.
My participation with the Gospel Music Association (GMA) dates back to 2007 when my songs placed 3rd and 5th in the nation for Song of the Year in both the Praise and Worship and Urban Gospel categories at the GMA Music in the Rockies Conference. I continue to be a voting member of the GMA and enjoy the collaboration with other songwriters and artists.
The National Association of Black Females Executives in Music and Entertainment (NABFEME) holds a special place in my heart. This organization provides support for women of color in the music industry with conferences and networking. It is through this organization that I became involved with Women Who Jam and learned about the theme song contest for the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence in which my song, Break the Silence, was a finalist (1st runner up). I had the pleasure and honor of singing in Carnegie Hall at Central Park with legends such as Michael Bolton, Cissy Houston, and Ben E. King as judges. NABFEME has several chapters across the country. My involvement with these entities has broadened my songwriting circle and broadened my creative process through collaboration. “It has been said that the best songs are rewritten and cowritten.” (author unknown). I have found this to be true. I encourage as many women as I can in the industry to become a member.
What connected me to the scripture Mark 11:23, is the small amount of faith that is required to do the impossible. It only requires faith the size of a mustard seed. This song inspires me to use the power of my words to command the outcomes that I desire for my life. I pray that the song encourages listeners to have faith and be unafraid to turn to God when we especially need his help and guidance. Through my own personal struggles, dealing with health issues, family issues, COVID, etc. I had to learn how to use speak to my struggles (mountains) and believe they would be cast into the sea. I have witnessed first-hand the manifestation of miracles and seemingly impossible things from believing and having faith.
Shooting the music video for “Speak to the Mountain,” was fun, exciting, and tiring. The song was musically produced by GRAMMY Award-winning super-producer Fred Jerkins and Raymond Darius Jackson. Jhori Stallworth, Mich’ele Barrington, and Erika White were phenomenal on set as BGVs. It was nice to be able to rely on the video production team, led by Matt Ferland, filming in various locations. I wanted to give lots of energy to make you feel the song while watching. After several hours, I was exhausted by the end of it but was very pleased with the final product. My prayer is that the video helps to encourage watchers to boldly speak to the mountains in their lives while dancing and bopping all around the house or in their cars.
How does “Speak to the Mountain” fit in with the rest of your self-titled album, Angela Moss Poole? How does this single compare to the others included on the record?
“Speak to the Mountain” is the first track on my album Angela Moss Poole. It sets the tone for the rest of listening journey with an up-tempo style then transitions the project into a pop/rock, then R&B, then praise and worship. Overall, the consistent theme is God-inspired lyrics with scripture woven throughout.
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