Mo Pleasure

About Mo


MORRIS PLEASURE

Known affectionately as Mo Pleasure, this renowned multi-instrumentalist, songwriter and producer, began playing acoustic piano at the age of four and by his early teens already mastered several instruments including bass, trumpet, guitar, drums and violin.

Upon receiving his Bachelor of Arts degree in Music from University of Connecticut, Mo began his professional music career playing bass with Ray Charles. He then began working as a session musician, backing some of the most accomplished talents in Jazz ,R&B and pop including George Duke, Natalie Cole, Dianne Reeves, Christina Aguilera, Jonathan Butler, Rachelle Ferrell, Brian Culbertson, Michael McDonald, Oleta Adams, Chaka Khan, Roberta Flack, Marcus Miller, Mary J. Blige, and Frankie Beverly and Maze, to name a few.

From 1989 through 1992, Mo was both keyboardist and musical director with saxophonist Najee, pianist Alex Bugnon, and vocalists Philip Bailey, Patti Austin and Jon Lucien. In 1993, he became a member of the legendary group Earth, Wind & Fire, and ascended to become the band’s musical director from 1994-2001. Mo was featured playing keyboards, trumpet and guitar with Janet Jackson’s 2001 All For You tour and played keyboards and trumpet with Boney James’ 2004 Pure tour. As a principal member of the group Devoted Spirits he was featured playing keyboards for Jimi Hendrix’s 60th Birthday Celebration and the 2004 Power of Soul: A Tribute to Jimi Hendrix tour.

Mo was a keyboardist in Michael Jackson’s final touring band that was scheduled to perform in the late superstar’s historic 2009, comeback tour at London’s O2 Arena.

Most recently, Mo toured with David Foster, Average White Band and Peter Cetera.

In addition to performing at worldwide jazz festivals including Montreux, North Sea, St. Lucia, Cancun, and Montreal, Mo has been a featured concert pianist, performing Gershwin’s “Rhapsody in Blue” with the Eastern Connecticut Symphony Orchestra and for the Boston Ballet.

There are many Television and Video performances to Mo’s credit, including Ray Charles BBC Special, Mad TV, BET on Jazz, VH1, The Tonight Show, X- Factor, The Talk, George Lopez Show, Earth, Wind & Fire documentary Shining Stars and HBO Special – Janet Jackson in Hawaii. His movie soundtrack credits include “Talkin’” featured in the Disney movie “Three Men and a Little Lady” and the EWF single “Cruisin,” featured in Spike Lee’s “Get On The Bus.”

Three of Mo’s group project CDs were released independently; Devoted Spirits’ Tribute to Earth, Wind & Fire, Audio Caviar’s Transoceanic, a collaboration featuring Mo on piano, bass, trumpet and flugelhorn, and Native Son, a Rock/Soul project with bandmates John “JR” Robinson , Michael Thompson, and Bobby Watson all from Rufus, Quincy Jones and Michael Jackson fame.

Mo’s first offering as a solo artist, Elements of Pleasure, was released in 2006 and remixed and released as Elements of Pleasure-Elevated in 2012 on Vivid Sound Japan. The release earned him a devoted worldwide following and established him as a producer and multi-instrumentalist.

Mo is a Yamaha Artist and also endorses Schecter and Bossa Basses, Epiphone Guitars, AMT instrument microphones, Editors Keys Studio Series Portable Vocal Booth, Danley Sound Labs speakers, Reunion Blues instrument bags, among others.