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Slim Moore and the Mar-Kays

When you combine Slim Moore’s hot-buttered voice with the honey-glazed horns and the oil-slick rhythm section of the Mar-Kays, you get the kind of deep, rugged, gut-wrenching soul music that only comes around once in a blue moon. The kind of soul music that can be tough as leather, or smooth as silk. The kind of soul music that can make you cry, dance, and tear your hair out - all at the same time.

Gary "Slim" Moore was born in 1964, in the urban community of Overbrook, Ontario, his parents having recently immigrated to the area from southeastern Jamaica. Like many soul singers, he got his start singing in church, belting out hymns with his parents’ Pentecostal congregation from the early age of four. While still in his teens, he moved to Montreal, Quebec, where he began his singing career, performing with local bands and sound systems. However, it wasn’t until the mid-1990s, after moving back to his hometown, that he first met up with members of the Mar-Kays.

The project didn’t take flight at the time, but the Mar-Kays continued to hone their chops in the meantime, a few of them even going on to back soul royalty: Gladys Knight & the Pips, The Temptations, The Coasters, The Drifters, and The Platters, to name a few. Then, in 2009, the Mar-Kays managed to track down Slim once more, and as luck had it, he was just as itching as they were to get something going again. Soon, Slim Moore & the Mar-Kays were finally a reality, and - like fine aged Canadian whisky - the wait only made it all the more special.