The feeling is honestly hard to describe, because I am still shocked. However, if I had to use one word, then it would be grateful.
Angela Moss Poole returns with a fresh sound teaming up with powerhouse vocalist Micah Stampley to deliver "My Help" to the radio. This makes Angela's 2nd single to hit TOP 10 on Billboard Gospel Indicator Chart. "My Help" spent the last 5 weeks at No. 1 on the Billboard Gospel Indicator Chart and the 3rd week in the TOP 30 on the Billboard Gospel National Airplay Chart! The song was produced by Grammy and Dove award-winning producer Fred Jerkins.
Dr. Angela Moss Poole, a native of Richmond Heights in Miami, FL, is a graduate of Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University (FAMU) where she earned a Ph.D. in Educational Leadership and a Bachelor of Science in Accounting. She also earned a Master’s degree in Accounting from Florida State University. Dr. Poole is also a certified John Maxwell leadership coach, speaker, and trainer.
I had the pleasure to interview Angela to talk about her music and her record label.
Veronica Charnell: Why did you decide to start your record label?
Angela Moss Poole: For the past almost 20 years, I have been producing music in some fashion, and I got involved with helping others about 10 to 12 years ago. Before having a label, I ran a summer program called the Digital Music Academy, which taught middle school students how to make beats, write songs, and produce music. At that time, I did not know that I would eventually go on to start 141st Lane; however, I did recognize that my husband, myself, and Bachi (my son who attended the camp) always found ourselves working on music. So, when Bachi went off to college and told us that he wanted to be an artist, his desire to do so inspired us to start treating music as a business. And, it has been a great feeling to him to see him succeed by getting placements with ESPN, NFL, Beats by Dre, Hulu, and other companies.
Veronica Charnell: Why did you name your record label 141st Lane Music?
Angela Moss-Poole: 141st Lane is the name of the street that I grew up on in Richmond Heights (Miami, FL). As a kid, I listened to all kinds of music and really enjoyed musicals in particular. So, a group of my friends and I started our own music group called the Pink Ladies based on our favorite musical “Grease.” We would sing in the garage, Girl Scouts, and talent shows. Now, there are film producers, music directors, and creatives of all kinds that grew up on that street with me. So, 141st Lane (to me and my friends) is essentially what 2300 Jackson Street was to the Jackson family.
Veronica Charnell: Do you find it difficult at times to be the Artist & the Music Executive?
Angela Moss-Poole: Being an artist and an executive requires me to wear multiple hats, and it can definitely be difficult at times. In the studio, the focus is creativity. As an executive, the focus is strategy. However, having family involved help, especially because our goal is to create a legacy label that our son (Bachi) will eventually manage.
Veronica Charnell: Are you currently looking to add new artists to your label, or Voice Over Talent?
Angela Moss-Poole: We are always open to listening to/discovering new sounds, and we understand that every generation demands a demonstration of the church that is relevant to its time- thanks to our pastors, Dr. Kenneth and Helena Barrington. Our current roster is composed of hip hop, gospel, and r&b/soul artists, who we feel have a relevant message.
Veronica Charnell: You are Dr. Angela Moss Poole (Ph.D. & CPA). How do you find time to manage your CPA firm?
Angela Moss-Poole: Right now, I only work with a handful of clients, and I don’t take on many new ones because my primary focus (in regards to accounting) is being a remote advisor to CFO’s and executives.
Veronica Charnell: How does it feel to have your song “My Help” number one on the Gospel Billboard Charts?
Angela Moss-Poole: The feeling is honestly hard to describe because I am still shocked; however, if I had to use one word, then it would be grateful. Thousands of songs are released each week and to have a song achieve #1 for 5 consecutive weeks is historic and a blessing. Also, the fact that Micah Stampley, Fred Jerkins, and Alvin Garrett (all of whom have Grammy and Dove awards/nominations) were a part of the project means a lot to me. It is humbling to know that God is using us as a vessel.
Veronica Charnell: How has your life changed since reaching number one on the Billboard Charts?
Angela Moss-Poole: Since going #1, I have been blessed to receive national airplay and be recognized as an artist in addition to an executive. “My Help” was a part of my self-titled album that was released in August of 2021, and it has already had three singles to chart. Knowing that our music is being appreciated is humbling. And, we are grateful that music has the power to save lives.
Veronica Charnell: Do you have any upcoming projects, or live performances coming up soon?
Angela Moss-Poole: Currently, I am looking forward to performing at spring and summer events/festivals, so I can connect with my audience and other artists on the road. Also, we are planning a tour in the fall that will include artists from the host cities. But, we are not at a point where we are ready to share dates, so you will have to stay connected with us via social media and our website.