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About Slim Moore & the Mar-Kays

Gary "Slim" Moore was born in 1964, in the urban community of Overbrook, Ont., 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. During his teens, he started his singing career in Montreal, Quebec, but it wasn't until after he moved back home that he hooked up with the Mar-Kays, a dynamite soul combo whose ranks included members that had honed their chops backing up soul royalty: Gladys Knight & the Pips, The Temptations, The Coasters, The Drifters, and The Platters, to name a few.

Sure enough, it was a match made in soul heaven, and by 2009, Slim Moore & the Mar-Kays were finally a reality. In October 2011, the group released their debut album, Introducing Slim Moore & the Mar-Kays, to the acclaim of soul lovers everywhere. The band hasn’t looked back since.

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Slim Moore & 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.

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