A South Philadelphia native, you could say music is in Dexter's genes. Like many talented musicians, Dexter’s initial exposure began in the church. A product of both ministers and musicians, his dad (a deacon) is a keyboardist/organist, his two brothers are drummers, and his sister sings actively in church. His late mother (an evangelist) also played both the piano and the drums in church.
Through his associations with other talented musicians, Dexter was introduced to Grammy-nominated artist and songwriter, the late Gabriel Hardeman, Jr., (Gabriel Hardeman and The Delegation) at a jam session in Camden in 1987 and this would profoundly change his music career forever. As fate would have it, Dexter became a full-fledged member of the Delegation almost 5 years after that chance encounter and is featured prominently as the main keyboardist on Gabriel's last CD recording entitled The Chief Musician.
In 1995, the Gabriel Hardeman Delegation was ground zero for the creation of one the hottest jazz bands in Philly and New Jersey. Through a mutual fondness for fusion jazz (and live music, period), the Delegation band members joined forces to become D-For, showcasing an eclectic array of styles in the jazz lexicon, including straight ahead jazz, smooth jazz and fusion jazz, but not too far out to encompass a little gospel, funk, and blues in the mix. The founding members are Dexter Moore (keys/programming), Don Stevens, Jr. (bass), Dennis James (drums), and the late Darryl Johnson, Sr. (guitar). Sensing a missing link to their sound, the band auditioned for a sax player and brought on Carl Cox, Jr. (from Deptford, NJ) to front the band. They recorded and released two CDs, The Gift (2000) and Christmas From the Heart (2002). In 2003, Dennis stepped down and was replaced by New Jersey native Elwin "Chunky" Ezekiel, Jr. and is featured on D-For's latest release, Intersection (2005). The band continues to perform locally and is currently working on their fourth CD release.
In 2012, Dexter, through a mutual association with D-For compadre Darryl Johnson, was connected with MiParis Music owner and gospel artist Michael Upshaw to work with gospel artist Kim Paris Upshaw on her 2nd gospel album release His Way, a 10-track LP featuring some of the hottest musicians in the music industry, including bass wiz Gerald Veasley and the ever-soulful Kirk Whalum on sax. Dexter and Michael continued their working relationship by co-producing a soulful jazzy revamp of gospel staple "My Soul is Anchored in the Lord" for Michael's debut gospel EP Steadfast, featuring jazz-funk pioneer Gerald Albright on alto sax.
In 2016, Dexter and Michael cemented their working relationship and became partners in a new company, 1 Vision Music Productions LLC. For their production accomplishments, they were honored to receive the Producer of the Year award at the 2016 Prayze Factor Awards ceremony held in Atlanta, GA, partly sponsored by Tyscot Records. In October 2016, they released a gospel single, "Faithful", performed by Michael Upshaw and MP Voices. The track features the powerful and anointed voice of veteran gospel artist Tamika Patton. In May 2017 the duo also wrote and produced Dexter's debut jazz single release, "The Pace", featuring Carl Cox, Jr. on tenor sax. Guest musicians include Mark A. Walker on bass and LaVarr Joyner on drums. The track is one of 10 songs on Dexter's highly anticipated debut album Keys To Life, which was released on July 14, 2017. You can hear a snippets and/or purchase the album here.
In between all the music being created by Michael and Dexter in 2016, Dexter also made musical strides with his own company, Right Side Music Productions LLC, by collaborating with author and songwriter Toni Moore, Esquire. With a collection of lyrics, poems and melodies documented onto her cell phone, Toni was ready to showcase her music in a way that would spiritually uplift, embolden and empower the listener, especially women. Bossism, her debut EP album, was co-written and co-produced with Dexter for Right Side Music. It was released as a digital download in July 2016 (hear snippets of each track or purchase the album here.)
Dexter has been fortunate to have toured in Europe as well as throughout the USA and has been privileged to play behind some real industry heavy-hitters in both Gospel and secular music. Dexter has been credited as a keyboardist or co-producer on albums released by the Gabriel Hardeman Delegation, Miles Jaye, Bryant Pugh, Edwin Hawkins, Sherri Monique Purcell, Mikki Kornegay, Phil Hurtt, Gabrielle Hurtt-Smart, Ava Williams, J. Teddy Johnson, C.A.U.S.E. (Christian Athletes United for Spiritual Empowerment), Tamika Patton, David P. Stevens, just to name a few. Dexter was honored to get a call from uber-producers Dre and Vidal to play acoustic piano on a track they produced for the Shark Tale movie soundtrack.
Aside from making music in his home studio, Dexter is actively involved at his church in West Philly where he serves as an organist and a deacon. Dexter loves to spend quality time with his wife and kids, watch sports (especially NFL football), rent movie DVDS, and do crossword puzzles.