Chris Morrissey is a songwriter, a bassist, a singer, a music director, a Leo, an uncle, a lover of most cats and some dogs, a New Yorker, a Minnesotan, a yoga practicer, a wino, a restaurant frequenter, and joke teller/appreciator.
As a bassist, he's logged hundreds of thousands of miles touring five continents with the Jim Campilongo Trio, Mark Guiliana Jazz Quartet, Beat Music, Dave King Trucking Company, Sara Bareilles, Chris Thile’s “Live From Here” house band, Margaret Glaspy, Boy George, Ben Kweller, Andrew Bird, Mason Jennings, Gretchen Parlato, Trixie Whitley, Gabriel Kahane, and Amy Helm.
As a music director, he assembled bands, arranged and rehearsed repertoire for tour and TV for Sara Bareilles (on her Album of the Year Grammy nominated “The Blessed Unrest” tours), Sharon Van Etten (Remind Me Tomorrow tours), Trixie Whitley (Porta Bohemica tours), Elle King (Shake The Spirit tours) and Julian Lamadrid (Mala Noche showcases).
In his time in that role, he's shared the stage with Sir Elton John, recorded with Cyndi Lauper, coproduced Jackie Wilson's Higher and Higher for the Oprah Winfrey Network, and penned the arrangement of Charlie Chaplin's Smile for the in memoriam segment of The 66th Annual Emmy Awards.
As a composer and band leader, Mr. Morrissey has released four records to high praise: Laughing and Laughing” (2018), The Morning World (2009, Sunnyside), Cannon Falls Forever (2011, self release) and North Hero (2013, Sunnyside).