Melba Moore – Net Worth, Age, Wikipedia, Family, Biography

Melba Moore Wiki Biography

Melba Moore was born as Beatrice Melba Hill on the 29th October 1945, in New York City, USA, and is probably best recognized for being a singer, who has released over 20 studio albums, including “Look What You’re Doing To The Man” (1971), “Burn” (1979), and “Soul Exposed” (1990). She is also known as an actress, starring in such TV and film titles as “The Love Boat” (1979-1984), “Falcon Crest” (1987), “The Fighting Temptations” (2003), etc. Her career has been active since 1967.

So, have you ever wondered how rich Melba Moore is, as of mid- 2016? According to authoritative sources that the total size of Melba’s net worth is over $30,000, accumulated through her successful involvement in the entertainment industry not only as a singer, but also as an actress.

Melba Moore Net Worth $30,000

Melba Moore was brought up in Harlem, New York by her father, Teddy Hill, a well-known saxophonist, and her mother, Bonnie Davis, a singer. When she was nine years old, her mother remarried to Clement Leroy Moorman – a jazz pianist – so they moved to Newark, New Jersey, where she attended the High School for Performing Arts, matriculating in 1958. Upon graduation from Montclair (NJ) State College, she began to work as a music teacher, but soon after she made a decision to pursue her career in the entertainment industry.

Thus, Melba’s professional musical career began in 1970, when her debut studio album came out under the name “I Got Love”, and two years later she released “Melba Moore Live!”. In 1975, she signed a contract with Buddah Records, and the first album which was released for this label was “Peach Melba”, which received positive critiques, and encouraged her to continue further with career, also increasing her net worth to a large degree.

In the following year, Melba’s career reached a whole new level, as her next album – “This Is It” and the title single – reached No. 91 on the Billboard Hot 100, No. 10 on the U.S. Billboard Hot Dance Club Play, and No. 9 on the UK charts. By the 1980s, she had released four albums, increasing further her net worth.

In the next decade, Melba signed a contract with Capitol Records, and released the single “Love’s Comin’ At Ya”, peaking No. 2 on the US Dance, and No. 5 on the US R&B charts. Other albums and singles which she released during the 1980s include “What A Woman Needs” (1981), “Read My Lips” (1985), “A Little Bit More” (1986), among others. To speak further about her musical career, in the 2000s, Melba released “I’m Still Here” (2003), “The Gift Of Love” (2009), and “Love Is” (2011). Her net worth was certainly rising.

Thanks to her accomplishments in the music industry, Melba has been nominated for a Grammy Award four times, in the categories – Best New Artist, Best Rhythm & Blues Vocal Performance – Female, Best Female Rock Vocal. She won the prestigious Sandy Hosey Lifetime Achievement Award in 2015.

Apart from her successful career as a singer, she is also recognized as an actress, Melba’s professional acting career beginning in 1967, when she began performing on Broadway, selected for the role of Dionne in the musical “Hair”, starring alongside Diane Keaton and Ronnie Dyson. This role was followed by an appearance as Lutiebelle in the musical “Prulie”, for which she won a Tony Award for Best Performance by a Featured Actress in a Musical in 1970, which helped increase her net worth by a large margin. Thanks to that, she was chosen for two big-screen roles in films “The American Woman: Portraits Of Courage” (1976), and “Hair” (1979). She has also starred in other TV and film titles, such as “Ellis Island” (1984) portraying Flora Mitchum, “Melba” – her own TV series in 1986 – and “Def By Temptation” (1990) as Madam Sonya, among others, all of which added a considerable amount to her net worth.

Most recently, she featured in the film “The Fighting Temptations” (2003) alongside Cuba Gooding Jr. and Beyoncé Knowles, and it is announced that Melba will appear in the film “Tobacco Valley” in 2016.

Regarding her personal life, Melba Moore was married to business promoter Charles Huggins from 1975 to 1991; they have one child. She has not re-married.

Full Name Melba Moore
Net Worth $30 Thousand
Date Of Birth October 29, 1945
Place Of Birth New York City, New York, United States
Height 1.55 m
Profession Singer
Education Montclair State University, Newark Arts High School
Nationality American
Spouse Charles Huggins (m. 1975–1991)
Parents Bonnie Davis, Teddy Hill
Siblings Gwendolyn Louise Hill
Nicknames Melba More , Moore, Melba , Melba Hill , Beatrice Melba Smith , Beatrice Melba Hill , Beatrice Hill
Awards Tony Award for Best Featured Actress in a Musical, Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Performance, This Is It, Love’s Comin’ at Ya, You Stepped Into My Life
Nominations Grammy Award for Best New Artist, Grammy Award for Best Female Rock Vocal Performance, This Is It, Love’s Comin’ at Ya, You Stepped Into My Life
Movies , The Fighting Temptations, more
TV Shows The Melba Moore-Clifton Davis Show, Melba, Ellis Island
1 [about her breakup with Clifton Davis]: It was devastating to break up, because I thought I found the love that was going to be there for the rest of my life, and everybody would just kind of tore apart of me away.
2 [on John P. Kee]: I love John P. Kee. This song illustrates the classic power of what gospel is and conveys that there is a God and that no matter what is going on, you will be alright. Chris Davis did a great arrangement on the song which just drives you into a higher place. The chord changes just pull you up and hopefully Phil and I do too.
3 [when she paid homage to Dionne Warwick]: Dionne Warwick has a certain sound and feeling in her voice that is completely her own. She does not sound like anyone else. I tried to capture the sweet smooth charisma of her voice.
4 Music is what God allows me to do. Music was a centerpiece in my family. My parents were musicians and so were many of my aunts and uncles.
5 [who confesses about keeping the faith]: Everybody’s got to have a dream. If you don’t have a dream how you gonna have a dream come true? At the same time, all things come to an end and you have to be able to reinvent yourself. You either have to change or die. I just know that and I am willing to surrender before it kills me!
6 [on her true calling]: Singing is my ministry and my art. Music is what God allows me to do and the opportunity came now and it feels right! When I was asked to do this project and collaborate with Phil Perry, I said ‘heck yeah!’ With Phil everything is there – power, a certain freshness, emotion, artistry and an incredible range!
7 [about focusing on gospel music]: I’ve had such a struggle to re-direct myself. I need to find out who I am as an artist. We let God re-create us.
8 [on being a born-again Christian]: As the years went by, we saw the devastation that has come upon us because of sexual immorality. And we had no idea that our popularizing taking drugs was going to be so devastating. I regret that. But I know that, with every age, we make mistakes.
9 [when believing that “Hair,” would dealt with such topics as: drugs, sexism, racism, politics, among many others]: I think it’s still excellent as an example of the period. But I feel, as a mature artist now, that you have a responsibility to try to reflect the best. We have the same difficulties with gangster rap and all that: we took the lowest aspect of society and glamorized it. But again, I can’t condemn. I can say, ‘Please forgive me for not knowing better. Now I’ll try to do better.’
10 Winning the Grammy is the highest critical accolade, which says your peers respect what you’ve achieved. For me, it meant I was now free to explore and grow. I always smile and say, ‘I’m still here, not in the mainstream radar, but you need to catch up to me.’
1 Stepdaughter of Clem Moorman.
2 Did a lot of session singing in the 1960s, including “Sunny” by Bobby Hebb in 1966. Nick Ashford and Valerie Simpson also sang on the track.
3 Won Broadway’s 1970 Tony Award as Best Supporting or Featured Actress (Musical) for “Purlie,” which launched her TV and recording career.
4 Recorded “Lift Every Voice and Sing,” which was entered into the Congressional Record and is now the official African-American national anthem.
5 Studied piano and voice at the High School for Performing Arts and received a bachelor’s degree in music education from Montclair (NJ) State College.
6 Her mother was a singer and her father played saxophone and ran the popular jazz club Mitten’s Playhouse in Harlem.
7 Formerly a schoolteacher
8 Legendary for possessing a four-octave vocal range.
9 In 1996 took over the role of Fantine in “Les Miserables” on Broadway, the first black actress to play that role.
10 After ten years, she is putting out a new album of gospel songs (2002).
11 Has a one woman show in 1998-“Sweet Songs: A Journey In One Life
12 She went on welfare in 1992 and was shunned by her friends. Her daughter left her and moved in with Bill Cosby’s family.
13 Daughter of vocalist Bonnie Davis.


Title Year Status Character
The Fighting Temptations 2003 Bessie Cooley
Square One Television 1992 TV Series Carol DeVilbis
Mathnet 1992 TV Series Carol Devilbis
Def by Temptation 1990 Madam Sonya
Monsters 1989 TV Series Angela Lyle
All Dogs Go to Heaven 1989 Whippet Angel (voice)
Mother’s Day 1989 TV Movie
The Cosby Show 1988 TV Series Patricia Abbott
ABC Afterschool Specials 1987 TV Series Ms. Varady
Falcon Crest 1987 TV Series Francine Hope
Melba 1986 TV Series Melba Patterson
Hotel 1985 TV Series Debra Andrews
American Playhouse 1985 TV Series Charlotte Forten
ABC Weekend Specials 1985 TV Series Ms. Rogers
Ellis Island 1984 TV Mini-Series Flora Mitchum
The Love Boat 1979-1984 TV Series Shelley Rush / Claudette Plummer
Loving 1983 TV Series Dr. Burkhart (1992)
Purlie 1981 TV Movie Lutiebelle Gussie Mae Jenkins
Flamingo Road 1980 TV Series Alma
Hair 1979 ‘3-5-0-0’ Soloist
The American Woman: Portraits of Courage 1976 TV Movie Harriet Tubman
Lost in the Stars 1974 Irina
Pigeons 1970 Model at Party
Cotton Comes to Harlem 1970 Singer at the Apollo Theater (uncredited)
Some Kind of a Nut 1969 One of Bunny’s Bunch (uncredited)


Title Year Status Character
Unsung 2012 TV Series documentary performer – 1 episode
Melba Moore: Live in Concert 2007 Video performer: “The Other Side Of The Rainbow”, “You Stepped Into My Life”, “This Is It”, “Falling”, “It Don’t Mean A Thing If It Ain’t Got That Swing”, “Stormy Weather”, “I Concentrate On You”, “Air Mail Special”, “Mozart”, “Summertime”, “Hair Medley”, “Purlie”, “Everything With Breath Praise The Lord”, “Nobody But Jesus”, “Don’t Stop Prayin'”, “A Little Bit More”, “Lean On Jesus”, “Christmas Medley” / writer: “The Other Side Of The Rainbow”
The Fighting Temptations 2003 performer: “Amazing Grace”, “Rain Down”, “He Still Loves Me”, “Time To Come Home”
Def by Temptation 1990 performer: “Face to Face”
All Dogs Go to Heaven 1989 performer: “Let Me Be Surprised”
Space Riders 1988 performer: “Love’s Comin’ at Ya”
The 59th Annual Academy Awards 1987 TV Special performer: “Take My Breath Away”
Soul Train 1986 TV Series documentary performer – 1 episode
New American Bandstand 1965 1986 TV Series performer – 1 episode
Bad Boys 1983 performer: “Don’t Go Away”
Purlie 1981 TV Movie performer: “Purlie”, “The Harder They Fall”, “I Got Love”, “He Can Do It”
Yesterday’s Hero 1979 performer: “Pick Me Up, I’ll Dance”
Hair 1979 performer: “Three-Five-Zero-Zero”
A Sensitive, Passionate Man 1977 TV Movie performer: “My Sensitive, Passionate Man”
Top of the Pops 1976 TV Series performer – 2 episodes
Cotton Comes to Harlem 1970 performer: “Ain’t Now, But it’s Gona Be”, “My Salvation”, “Black Enough”
The 24th Annual Tony Awards 1970 TV Special performer: “I Got Love”
Sesame Street 1969 TV Series performer: “Yakety Yak – Take it Back” – as Tibi the Take it Back Butterfly


Title Year Status Character
Unsung 2009 TV Series documentary archival photos – 1 episode
Hair, Let the Sun Shine In 2007 TV Movie documentary photos


Title Year Status Character
Melba Moore: Live in Concert 2007 Video


Title Year Status Character
Lord Help Us 2007 Video

Music Department

Title Year Status Character
A Sensitive, Passionate Man 1977 TV Movie title song vocalist


Title Year Status Character
Melba Moore: Live in Concert 2007 Video producer


Title Year Status Character
VH1 Rock Docs 2010 TV Series special thanks – 1 episode
American Experience 2008 TV Series documentary special thanks – 1 episode
Eyes on the Prize 1990 TV Series documentary special thanks – 1 episode


Title Year Status Character
Shapes of Rhythm: The Music of Galt MacDermot Documentary post-production Herself – Interviewee: Singer
Unsung Hollywood 2016 TV Series documentary Herself
Why the Face 2016 TV Series Herself
The Artists Music Guild Presents: The 2015 AMG Heritage Awards 5th Year Spectacular 2016 TV Movie Herself – Performer
Unsung 2009-2015 TV Series documentary Herself
Praise the Lord 2002-2013 TV Series Herself
All Night with Joey Reynolds 2011 TV Series Herself
Showbiz Talk 2011 TV Movie Herself
The Mo’Nique Show 2010 TV Series Herself
Hair, Let the Sun Shine In 2007 TV Movie documentary Herself
Melba Moore: Live in Concert 2007 Video Herself
Legends Ball 2006 TV Movie documentary Herself
2002 Trumpet Awards 2002 TV Special Herself
Behind the Music 2001 TV Series documentary Herself
The 12th Annual Black Achievement Awards 1991 TV Special Herself
Ebony/Jet Showcase 1986-1990 TV Series Herself
Good Morning America 1990 TV Series Herself
Great Performances 1989 TV Series Herself
Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade 1989 TV Movie Herself
Christmas with the Stars: An International Earthquake Benefit 1989 TV Movie Herself
The 10th Annual Black Achievement Awards 1989 TV Special Herself
Lou Rawls Parade of Stars 1986-1988 TV Series Herself
The New Hollywood Squares 1988 TV Series Guest Appearance
Solid Gold 1986-1988 TV Series Herself
Soul Train 1972-1988 TV Series documentary Herself / Guest
Showtime at the Apollo 1987 TV Series Herself / Herself – Guest Host
The 59th Annual Academy Awards 1987 TV Special Herself – Performer
The 4th Annual Black Gold Awards 1987 TV Special Herself
The 44th Annual Golden Globe Awards 1987 TV Special Herself – Presenter
Happy New Year, America 1986 TV Special Herself
Let’s Go Mets 1986 Documentary short Herself
New American Bandstand 1965 1986 TV Series Herself
Nightlife 1986 TV Series Herself
Morning 1985-1986 TV Series Herself
Fame, Fortune and Romance 1986 TV Series Herself
The 3rd Annual Black Gold Awards 1986 TV Special Herself – Co-Host
Night of 100 Stars II 1985 TV Movie Herself
Formule 1 1983 TV Series Himself
Top of the Pops 1982-1983 TV Series Herself
Broadway Plays Washington on Kennedy Center Tonight 1982 TV Movie Herself
The All-Time American Songbook 1982 TV Movie Herself – Singer
Macy’s 54th Annual Thanksgiving Day Parade 1980 TV Movie Herself
WWF Club 1980 TV Series Herself (1983)
Horas doradas 1980 TV Series Herself
The Tim Conway Show 1980 TV Series Herself
The Beatrice Arthur Special 1980 TV Movie Herself
The 2nd Annual Black Achievement Awards 1979 TV Special Herself
Captain Kangaroo 1979 TV Series Herself
Dinah! 1975-1979 TV Series Herself
The Mike Douglas Show 1970-1979 TV Series Herself – Vocalist / Herself
The Midnight Special 1979 TV Series Herself
Soul Alive 1977 TV Series Herself
Numéro 1 1976 TV Series Herself
The Bobby Vinton Show 1975 TV Series Herself
NBC Special Treat 1975 TV Series Herself
The 20th Annual Obie Awards 1975 TV Special Herself – Presenter
Black Journal 1975 TV Series Herself – Co-Host / Herself
Flip 1971-1974 TV Series Herself
Opryland U.S.A. 1973 TV Special Herself
The Carol Burnett Show 1972 TV Series Herself
The Dick Cavett Show 1972 TV Series Herself
The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson 1970-1972 TV Series Herself
The Melba Moore-Clifton Davis Show 1972 TV Series Herself – Co-Host
Engelbert with the Young Generation 1972 TV Series Herself
The David Frost Show 1970-1971 TV Series Herself
The Ed Sullivan Show 1970 TV Series Herself – Singer
The 24th Annual Tony Awards 1970 TV Special Herself – Performer and Winner: Best Performance by a Featured Actress in a Musical
Soul! 1970 TV Series Herself

Archive Footage

Title Year Status Character
A Bing Crosby Christmas 1998 Video documentary Herself