affectionately as Mo Pleasure,
Mo began playing acoustic piano by ear at the age of four for family and
friends, and by his early teens, had mastered several instruments,
including bass, trumpet, guitar, drums and violin.
a music student at the University of Connecticut,
Mos mastery of the electric bass excelled to exceptional heights,
ultimately catching the attention of the legendary Ray Charles,
who, during a live performance, hired him on the spot for his 1984-1986
receiving his Bachelor or Arts degree in music composition and arranging
in 1986, Mo graduated to pleasing a variety of audiences worldwide, has
earned a multitude of accolades, the respect of his peers, and has
performed continuously on various domestic and international artist tours,
Duke, Natalie Cole, James Ingram, Dianne Reeves, Jonathan Butler, Rachelle
Ferrell, Marion Meadows, Paula Abdul, Angela Bofill, Everette Harp
to name a few.
1989 through 1992, Mo has been both featured keyboardist and musical
director with saxophonist Najee,
Bailey, Patti Austin, Phil Perry, Miki Howard, Jon Lucien,
and in 1993, became a member of Earth, Wind
and the groups musical director in 1994. Currently touring with Janet
Jacksons All For You Tour,
Mo is featured performing on keyboards, trumpet and guitar.
addition to performing annually at various jazz festivals including Montreaux,
North Sea, Aruba, St. Lucia, Cancun, Acapulco and
Mos diverse and charismatic abilities shine as a featured pianist on Gershwins
Rhapsody in Blue
with the Eastern
Connecticut Symphony Orchestra and
have been documented in numerous television and video appearances,
including the BBC,
Mad TV, BET, The Tonight Show, VIBE, ABC, American Music Awards, The Today
the last decade, Mos extensive discography of musical compositions have
been memorialized through his publishing company Moplay Music,
which includes recording studio/CD credits with Gerald
Albright, Maurice White, Sonny Emory, Marion Meadows,
single featured on Urban Knights
the title cut on George
final project, Tokyo
Blue Najees Gold/Best Jazz Album 1991 Soul Train Music Awards
in addition to five songs on the most recent Earth, Wind & Fire CD In The
Name of Love.
movie soundtrack debut includes, the Cruisin
single, featured in Spike Lees Get On The Bus
co-written by Mo, featured in the Disney Movie,
Three Men And A Little Lady.
His newest project is the Great Dane. More about this group here.