b. Gadsden, Alabama, USA. Despite being born blind, Mote began playing piano as a young child and was soon adept at the instrument. His religious upbringing meant he was a regular at church, playing keyboards and singing as part of worship groups. He attended Jacksonville State College and Belmont University in Nashville, graduating with a degree in music. Intent on pursuing a career in music, he began working as a session keyboard player with both secular and Christian artists. Based in Nashville, his reputation was instrumental in securing work with artists of the stature of Lee Greenwood, Willie Nelson, Alan Jackson, Kenny Chesney and the Gaither Vocal Band. In the early 00s, Mote released a number of instrumental devotion albums before trying his hand at vocals on 2005’s There’s No Place That Love Can’t Reach and 2007’s Don’t Let Me Miss The Glory, with backing from his wife Kimberley and artists including Alison Krauss and the Isaacs. Mote is also active as a praise-and-worship leader in his home church.
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