It All Began With One Incredible Visionary, Sylvia Moy
SYLVIA ROSE MOY was an American songwriter and record producer, formerly associated with Motown Records. She was the first woman at the Detroit-based music label to write and produce for some of Motown’s most famous recording artists, such as Stevie Wonder, Marvin Gaye, Kim Weston, The Isley Brothers, and Martha Reeves. She was inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 2006 and posthumously inducted into the Rhythm and Blues Music Hall of Fame in 2017. Moy is the woman behind some of Motown’s greatest hits.
She is, perhaps, best known for her songs written with and for Stevie Wonder, which includes Wonder’s greatest hits such as “Uptight,” “I Was Made To Love Her, Shoo –Be-Doo-Be-Doo-Da-Day,” and “My Cherie Amour,” but also include hit songs such as “It Takes Two,” “This Old Heart Of Mine,” “My Baby Loves Me,” “Honey Chile,” and “Love Bug Leave My Heart Alone.” Sylvia’s collaborative writing partners included Henry Cosby, Holland Dozier Holland, William “Mickey” Stevenson, and others.
SYLVIA STROVE TO SHARE Her Love Of Music
When Motown relocated to California, Sylvia remained in Detroit and continued to write, produce, and set up the non-profit group, Center for Creative Communications, working with underprivileged kids in Detroit. She also established and built two music companies Masterpiece Studio and Sylvia Moy Productions. Masterpiece Studio continues to produce award-winning master recordings for contemporary recording artists, such as KEM where his first album, Kemistry, was recorded. Sylvia wrote and produced more than 100 original songs after Motown through her own Muziki Publishing Company. Moy died of complications from pneumonia in Dearborn, MI on April 15, 2017.