Join Lightship for an interactive Zoom session with Mo Pleasure from Earth, Wind & Fire. Lightship's Jon Wolff and Scott Schutte will host the call as a wide-ranging, open conversation about Mo's experiences and musical career. Attendees will have the opportunity for a live Q&A, along with requests for short musical performances.
Thursday 4PM EST
June 18th, 2020
Morris (Mo) Pleasure's Bio
Morris Pleasure, known affectionately as Mo Pleasure, is renowned accomplished multi-instrumentalist musician, composer, songwriter and producer, in genres that include pop, funk, jazz, R&B, soul, Brazilian and classical music, currently residing and performing outside of London, England. He began playing acoustic piano at the age of four and by his early teens mastered several instruments including bass, trumpet, guitar, drums and violin.
Upon receiving his Bachelor of Fine 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, Maxwell, Roberta Flack, and Marcus Miller, Sheila E., 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.
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. He also toured with David Foster, Average White Band, Maze and Peter Cetera and 2015, became Music Director for Bette Midler’s Divine Intervention tour.
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. In 2016, Mo performed the concerto again with his High School alma mater, raising over $20,000 for Guilford A Better Chance, a local charity co-founded by his father.
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 band mates 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. The release earned him a devoted worldwide following and established him as a producer and multi-instrumentalist.
For the past two years, Mo has been composing and performing with emerging artists worldwide and continues to tour with Peter Cetera, Bette Midler, and The Jacksons.