Paul Morris (musician)
|This article relies on references to primary sources. (August 2010)|
November 2, 1959 |
Santa Monica, California, USA,
|Genres||Rock, hard rock, heavy metal, soul, jazz|
|Occupations||Musician, session musician, songwriter|
|Associated acts||Doro Pesch, Mark Wood, Rainbow, Nena, The Teen Idols, Trans-Siberian Orchestra, Joe Lynn Turner, Chris Caffery|
Paul Morris (born 2 November 1959, Santa Monica, California) is a musician best known as a keyboardist in Ritchie Blackmore's Rainbow. He played keyboards on the Stranger in Us All album and co-wrote the song "Black Masquerade".
Paul Morris studied piano as a child in New York City. He studied under prominent jazz pianists, Lennie Tristano, Hal Galper, and Sal Mosca. He began his career playing with some local bands, like Vixen and Full House, which led him to touring with Todd Wolfe, later guitarist for Sheryl Crow, in his band Troy and the Tornados. In 1990, Morris then went played keyboards on the album Doro, by former Warlock singer Doro Pesch. The album was produced by Gene Simmons. In 1991, he went on tour with Doro, promoting the Rare Diamonds album. In 1992, Morris toured with famed heavy metal violinist Mark Wood, through the US and Canada.
In 1994, Morris was notified that Ritchie Blackmore was looking for a keyboardist. He sent Ritchie a tape, auditioned, and was hired. He played on the Stranger in Us All album, and co-wrote "Black Masquerade", which became a fan favorite song. He then performed with Rainbow for two European tours, one tour in Japan and one in the US. In 1997, Morris toured with Nena of "99 Luftballons" fame featuring, Tony Bruno on guitar, and Tommy Price on drums. This was followed by a tour with The Teen Idols starring Davy Jones, Peter Noone and Bobby Sherman. In 2000, Morris received a call from the musical director of Trans-Siberian Orchestra, Al Pitrelli to play with the West Coast Trans Siberian Orchestra for the holiday season. After this tour, Morris continued his career composing and producing his own original music and doing session work. In 2002, Morris joined an 11 piece soul band called the Sensational Soul Cruisers where he remained until 2007. In 2009, Morris was approached by Joe Lynn Turner asking him to fill in for Tony Carey who had become very ill. Two weeks later Over the Rainbow performed at the Sweden Rock Festival. Paul Morris continued touring with Over the Rainbow for the next two years.
Paul Morris is now married to Rose and writing with Jürgen Blackmore for his new debut CD, Jürgen Blackmore and Friends. Paul and Joe Lynn Turner remain close, and from time to time play shows together.
In 2011, Paul worked on a new Christmas CD by the Kings of Christmas, a new group composed primarily of former Trans-Siberian Orchestra singers and musicians. Paul played with one of premium Journey tribute bands called Voyage. Paul is currently playing with one of the nation's top Bon Jovi Tribute bands called SLIPPERY WHEN WET (NJ)Based out of N.J.
- 1 Discography
- 2 References
With The Syntherchestra
- 1985 - The Syntherchestra
With Doro Pesch
- 1990 - Doro
- 1995 - Stranger in Us All
With Joe Lynn Turner
With Randy Coven
- 1999 - Witch Way
With Trans Siberian Orchestra
With Angus Clark
- 2004 - Grace Period
With Chris Caffery
With Over the Rainbow
- 2008/2010 -
With The Kings of Christmas
2011- The Kings of Christmas
- Morris, Paul. "All About Paul...". Paul Morris official website. Retrieved 2010-09-30.
- "Over The Rainbow official MySpace page". MySpace. 2010-08-24. Retrieved 2010-10-01.
- "Trans-Siberian Orchestra family". Trans-Siberian Orchestra official website. Retrieved 2010-10-01.
- "Paul Morris Bio". Chris Caffery official website. Retrieved 2010-10-01.
- "Kings of Christmas". Kings of Christmas official website.