Mozelle Te Outley was the daughter of Rev. and Mrs. Thomas Marsh, of Owensboro, Kentucky, and became a student of music under the tutelage of her mother, who was her first teacher. At an early age she directed the choir of 4th Street Baptist Church, which her father pastored. She graduated from Western High School as Valedictorian of her class, and continued her musical education at Roger Williams University (formerly in Nashville), majoring in voice and piano.
Her talents were devoted to many churches. In Chicago she served as pianist and assistant organist at Olivet Baptist Church, and as director-organist of the Senior Choir at Pilgrim Baptist Church. In Los Angeles she directed choirs at Metropolitan, Trinity and St. Paul Baptist Churches and Peoples Independent Church during 1922 - 1930. In the early thirties Mme. Outley (as she was fondly called by friends), began her work at Second Baptist Church, where she directed the choir for ten years. She planned and produced many outstanding programs, including”The Twelve Apostles,” “The Beatitudes,” “Women of the Bible,” “Books of the Bible,” “An Evening of Opera,” etc. Her published musical works include Were You There, and 55 in 44, and a literary publication, Seventy Programs That Have Been Successful.
Mme. Outley’s honors include the Los Angeles Sentinel Woman of the Year Award, Award of Merit from Henderson Community Center in 1966; Los Angeles City Council Resolution honoring her 80th birthday in 1966; award from the National Association of Negro Musicians in 1967 for fostering fine music; and an award from Second Baptist Church in recognition of more than thirty-five years of dedicated service to church and community, in 1967.