The definition of Sophisticated Soul is often a phrase used to describe Southern California artist Chris Morris. However his diversity reaches far beyond that. As a keyboardist, songwriter, producer and vocalist, his diverse and unique style is drenched in Jazz, Reggae, Pop, Funk and Hip-Hop. He has garnered a reputation as a seasoned veteran who over the years has significantly seen his musical resume expand both as a solo artist and an on demand stage and studio presence.
Chris' new album, "Changes" offers a glimpse into his musical heritage. Each song sounds different from the next, yet there is continuity due to Chris' unique writing and mixing capabilities. "Let Your Hair Down," is soulful instant vintage at its finest. An upbeat groove with a nostalgic yet currently accessible vibe that sounds like it could be a cross between 'Curtis Mayfield' and 'Justin Timberlake.' "Another Day to Run," is a dramatically inspirational song which musically reflects his rekindled love of reggae. Its anchored by a haunting trombone melody, shredding organ solo and soaring vocals complete with elaborate harmonies. Chris began work on the album around the time of his Father's passing in early 2012. It served as a sense of musical therapy for him during that traumatic time. He pays tribute on the song "One of a Kind," which is the only definitive phrase one could use to describe him. Other notable highlights include the high energy dance/funk of "Up Up and Away," the downtempo electronica inspired "Cheap Champagne," an unearthed 'Stevie Wonder' treasure "Why Don't You Come Home," and a cover of the 'David Bowie' classic, "Changes" which is an accurate description of what this collection of songs reflects.
released 21 May 2013
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