Paul Morris (musician)
|This biographical article relies too much on references to primary sources. (August 2010)|
November 2, 1959 |
Santa Monica, California, USA,
|Genres||Rock, hard rock, heavy metal, soul, jazz|
|Occupation(s)||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 on Long Island known as Vixen and Full House. He then played with Todd Wolfe in the band, Troy and the Tornados. Todd Wolf later became the guitarist for Sheryl Crow. In 1989 Paul got a call from famed rock drummer Bobby Rondinelli to play keyboards for Doro Pesch's first solo tour without Warlock for the "Force MaJure album tour. Unfortunately this was to be done behind the stage! "Got to start somewhere." Later on everyone was fired, but Paul was retained to help put together a new line up, but first, let's make an album.
In 1990 Paul Morris played keyboards on the album Rare Diamonds by former Warlock singer Doro Pesch. The album was produced by Gene Simmons. In 1991 he went on tour with Doro Pesch promoting the Rare Diamonds album. In 1992 Paul Morris toured with heavy metal violinist Mark Wood through the US and Canada.
In 1994, Paul Morris was notified that Ritchie Blackmore was looking for a keyboardist. He sent Ritchie Blackmore a tape, auditioned, and was hired. He played on the STRANGER IN US All and co-wrote "Black Masquerade", which then became a fan favorite. He then performed with Rainbow for two European tours, one tour in Japan, South America, and in the US. In 1997, Paul 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. Morris continued touring with Over the Rainbow for the next two years.
In 2011, Morris 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 Morris is currently playing with one of the nation's top Bon Jovi tribute bands called SLIPPERY WHEN WET (NJ)Based out of N.J.
Paul Morris got married to his true love, Rose Grego on November 11, 1997 in a beautiful ceremony in Kew Gardens, Queens NY.
- 1 Discography
- 2 References
With The Syntherchestra
- 1985 - The Syntherchestra
With Doro Pesch
- 1990 - Doro
With Ritchie Blackmore's Rainbow
- 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
With The Kings of Christmas
2011- The Kings of Christmas
Under Cover (1997, cover album) Hurry Up and Wait (1998) Under Cover 2 (1999, cover album) Holy Man (2000) Slam (2001) JLT (2003) The Usual Suspects (2005) Second Hand Life (2007)
- Morris, Paul. "All About Paul...". Paul Morris official website. Retrieved 2010-09-30.
- "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.