About Mo Pleasure
Mo Pleasure, has earned a reputation for being something of a musical x-factor, bringing his elusive and exciting je ne sais quoi to a myriad of musical settings in a variety of ways â€“ bass, keys, trumpet, musical director, producer. As a solo artist, Mo has established a sound that gracefully incorporates several genres while maintaining a consistent sound that is organic, sophisticated, and funky.
As an acclaimed touring musician, his status has been cemented.Â Ever since he was plucked from his senior year of the University of Connecticut to play bass with Ray Charles on his world tour, Pleasure has racked up an impressive list of touring credits that highlight his versatility.
After his career-initiating stint with Ray Charles, Mo set up shop inÂ New York City scoring work as a session and live player.Â In both roles, he performed with some of the most accomplished talents in Jazz and R&B including George Duke, Natalie Cole, Dianne Reeves, Jonathan Butler, Rachelle Ferrell, Michael McDonald, Oleta Adams, Roberta Flack, Marcus Miller and Frankie Beverly and Maze, to name a few.
Eventually, he scored a full-time gig with Najee as musical director and keyboardist.Â The pair struck gold with their co-composition â€śTokyo Blue.â€ťÂ He continued to score work with top artists of every genre including Alex Bugnon, Roberta Flack, Rachelle Ferrell, Earth Wind & Fire, Maxwell, Michael Jackson, Janet Jackson and most recently, Christina Aguilera and David Foster.
He has appeared at all the major worldwide jazz festivals, earning a following of his own among devotees of soul, jazz and â€śgrown folksâ€™ music.â€ťÂ Heâ€™s also made great use of his classical music chops as a featured concert pianist, performing Gershwinâ€™s â€śRhapsody in Blueâ€ť with the Eastern Connecticut Symphony Orchestra.Â Mo had the opportunity to combine his appreciation for dance and love of music when he played piano to accompany the Boston Ballet.
As a songwriter, Mo has developed a distinct voice all his own. In addition to his gold record with Najee, his compositions are also featured in film.Â Movie soundtrack credits include â€śTalkinâ€™â€ť featured in the Disney movie â€śThree Men and a Little Ladyâ€ť and the EWF single co-written with Philip Bailey, â€śCruisin,â€ť featured in Spike Leeâ€™s â€śGet On The Bus.â€ťÂ â€śBrazilian Rain,â€ť a song co-written with Earth Wind & Fire bandmate, the legendary drummer Sonny Emory, was featured on Ramsey Lewisâ€™ Urban Knights project.Â Embracing new media opportunities, Morrisâ€™ work can even be heard in Verizon Wirelessâ€™ How Sweet The Sound Internet campaign.
There are many Television and Video performances to Moâ€™s credit, including Ray Charles BBC Special, Lopez Tonight, The Oprah Winfrey Show, The Today Show, VH-1 Storytellers, Mad TV, BET on Jazz, VH1, The Tonight Show, Earth, Wind & Fire documentary Shining Stars and HBO Special â€“ Janet Jackson in Hawaii.
Two of Moâ€™s collaborative projects were released independently in Spring 2005. Devoted Spiritsâ€™ Tribute to Earth, Wind & Fire and Audio Caviarâ€™s Transoceanic. Audio Caviar is a collaboration featuring Mo on piano, bass, trumpet and flugelhorn; Ralph Johnson on drums and DenmarkÂ guitarist Steen Kyed.
In 2009, Mo accepted the great honor of playing in Michael Jacksonâ€™s final touring band that was scheduled to perform in the late superstarâ€™s historic comeback residency at Londonâ€™s O2 Arena this fall.Â Turning heartbreak into artistic catharsis, Mo and the rest of Michaelâ€™s band performed at the soul-stirring memorial service for Michael Jackson on July 7, 2009 at the Staples Center in Los Angeles.Â Now, in the wake of Jacksonâ€™s untimely passing, Moâ€™s musicianship has earned him a place in history as a cast member of the highest grossing concert documentary film of all time.
In addition to his solo activity, Mo became the fourth member of Native Son, a band of all-stars including John â€śJRâ€ť Robinson (drums), Bobby Watson (bass) and Michael Thompson (guitar).Their debut project, Son Talk explores the intersections between jazz, funk and rock.
Moâ€™s first offering as a solo artist, Elements of Pleasure, was released in 2006 to critical acclaim.Â The release expanded his worldwide following and established him as a producer and multi-instrumentalist with an unmatched flair for synthesizing many elements into one cohesive musical statement. Scheduled for release in 2010, Moâ€™s second solo effort, Moâ€™Elements of Pleasure is a much more personal work, drawing upon years of personal experiences all over the world.Â Using his multi-instrumental prowess, Moâ€™Elements of Pleasure promises to take the listener deep into the heart of Moâ€™s sensitive soul with tales of sensuality, romance, love for the environment and humanity.
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