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|Birth name||Christopher H. Jasper|
December 30, 1951 |
Cincinnati, Ohio United States
|Genres||R&B, Soul, Jazz|
|Occupations||Musician, Composer, Producer|
|Instruments||Vocals, keyboards, Moog synthesizer|
|Years active||1969–1988 (groups); 1988–present (solo)|
|Labels||Gold City Records|
|Associated acts||The Isley Brothers|
Christopher H. "Chris" Jasper (born December 30, 1951, Cincinnati, Ohio) is a former member of both the Isley Brothers and Isley-Jasper-Isley. He is also a successful solo artist and record producer, recording a number of his own solo albums, and producing artists, for his New York based record label, Gold City Records. His keyboard and Moog synthesizer work was a primary ingredient of the Isley Brothers sound of the 1970s and 1980s.
Jasper is a classically trained musician and composer. He studied at the Juilliard School of Music in New York City and received a degree in music composition from C.W. Post, Long Island University, New York, where he studied with the jazz pianist and composer, Billy Taylor.
After having jammed with neighborhood teenagers Ernie and Marvin Isley, and being added on as a brother-in-law after Isley Brothers member Rudolph married Jasper's sister Elaine, he was added to Ernie and Marvin's older brothers' band, The Isley Brothers, in 1969.
Jasper's first appearance on an Isley Brothers album was 1969's It's Our Thing. In 1973, Jasper, plus Ernie and Marvin Isley were officially added to the group. Jasper's keyboard work played a pivotal role in Isley Brothers hits such as "Fight the Power Pts. 1 & 2," "For the Love of You Pts. 1 & 2," and "Between the Sheets."
In 1984, Jasper and the younger Isleys left the Isley Brothers to form the splinter group Isley-Jasper-Isley. Jasper sang lead on the group's biggest hit, "Caravan of Love." But their tenure ended in 1987 with Jasper and Ernie Isley going into solo careers and Marvin rejoining brother Ronald in his touring band. Jasper's solo career spawned the #3 R&B hit, "Super Bad", in 1988.
After Isley/Jasper/Isley split up in 1987, Jasper released a succession of gospel and R&B albums for Gold City Records, a record label he formed, and which is distributed by CBS Records. He has released ten solo albums, including Inspired: By Love, By Life, By the Spirit in January 2013.
Jasper resides in New York with his wife Margie, an attorney and writer, and their three sons, Michael, Nick, and Christopher.
- Official Website of Chris Jasper
- Gold City Records
- Chris Jasper 2010 Audio Interview at Soulinterviews.com
- Chris Jasper 2012 Audio Interview at Soulinterviews.com
- Interview with Chris Jasper on Yuzu Melodies