Wichita singer Roy Moye III is having quite a year.
First, he made local headlines for his impromptu, show-stopping appearance during hip-hop star Common’s June Wichita River Festival performance, when he was invited to sing the chorus of the song “Glory” on stage.
Now, he’s won a big award.
Moye, a gospel singer who works full time as an aerospace engineer at Spirit AeroSystems, was recently named Male Vocalist of the Year at the 2017 Gospel Music Association’s IMMERSE event in Nashville. The conference, now in its ninth year, is attended by songwriters and worship leaders from around the country. While there, artists also receive training from leaders in the Christian music industry.
He won his award with a performance of the song “Mercy Said No,” originally recorded by CeCe Winans.
Moye, a Wichita State University graduate, also sang the national anthem at a recent Kansas City Royals game.
In June, Moye was invited to sing with two-time Grammy Award winner Common after half jokingly tweeting at the singer and offering to perform John Legend’s part of the Academy Award-winning song “Glory” during his Wichita Riverfest appearance on Kennedy Plaza. He verbally made the offer again during a meet-and-greet with the star just before the show, but he didn’t know until just a few minutes beforehand that his offer had been accepted.
A video of Moye singing with Common shows him confidently belting out the big notes and dancing on stage. At the end of the song, Common shakes Moye’s hand and bows his head to him.
For more information on Moye and his music, visit his website, https://www.roymoye3music.com/music