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An Intimate Chat w/ Mo Pleasure..The Man Behind the Music

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Mo Pleasure, has earned a reputation for being something of a musical x-factor, bringing his elusive and exciting je ne sais quoi to a myriad of musical settings in a variety of ways – bass, keys, trumpet, musical director, producer. As a solo artist, Mo has established a sound that gracefully incorporates several genres while maintaining a consistent sound that is organic, sophisticated, and funky. After his career-initiating stint with Ray Charles, Mo set up shop in New York City scoring work as a session and live player. In both roles, he performed with some of the most accomplished talents in Jazz and R&B including George Duke, Natalie Cole, Jonathan Butler, Rachelle Ferrell, Michael McDonald, Oleta Adams, Roberta Flack, to name a few. Eventually, he scored a full-time gig with Najee as musical director and keyboardist. The pair struck gold with their co-composition “Tokyo Blue.” He continued to score work with top artists of every genre including Alex Bugnon, Roberta Flack, Rachelle Ferrell, Earth Wind & Fire, Maxwell, Janet Jackson and most recently, Christina Aguilera and David Foster. In 2009, Mo accepted the great honor of playing in Michael Jackson’s final touring band that was scheduled to perform in the late superstar’s historic comeback residency at London’s O2 Arena this fall. Turning heartbreak into artistic catharsis, Mo and the rest of Michael’s band performed at the soul-stirring memorial service for Michael Jackson on July 7, 2009 at the Staples Center in Los Angeles. Now, in the wake of Jackson’s untimely passing, Mo’s musicianship has earned him a place in history as a cast member of the highest grossing concert documentary film of all time.