By the time Morris was a teenager, he had become proficient in trumpet, guitar, drums, and violin as well. He composed his first song at age 12. He accompanied his father (an accomplished tenor) at all the Guilford high school’s graduations from 1975–80 and was active in his high school’s music programs. Pleasure holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in music from the University of Ct.
Some of his main influences for playing piano/keyboards include George Duke, Joe Sample, Chick Corea, Ramsey Lewis, and Herbie Hancock. Also, Verdine White, Chuck Rainey, James Jamerson, Jaco Pastorious, Bootsy Collins, and Chuck Rainey had a strong impact on Pleasure’s love for the bass guitar and playing style.
Morris started his career as a bassist in 1986 when he became a member of Ray Charles’ orchestra. He went on to play on Najee’s 1990 album Tokyo Blue, Everette Harp’s 1992 self-titled LP, Marion Meadows’ 1992 album Keep It Right There and Stanley Clarke’s 1993 LP Live at the Greek. In 1993 Pleasure joined up with the band Earth, Wind & Fire.
He later featured on Najee ‘s 1994 album Share My World and Marion Meadows’ 1994 LP Forbidden Fruit. Pleasure then guested on jazz group Urban Knights’s 1997 album Urban Knights II, Gerald Albright’s 1997 LP Life To Love and produced on George Howard’s 1998 album Midnight Mood.
After nine years with Earth Wind & Fire, Pleasure went on to play on Janet Jackson’s “All For You” tour and her 2002 feature film Janet: Live in Hawaii. He then guested on Boney James’s 2004 album Pure and the 2004 Jimi Hendrix tribute album Power of Soul: A Tribute to Jimi Hendrix.
Pleasure has also played with artists such as George Duke, Mary J. Blige, Chaka Khan, Roberta Flack, Natalie Cole, Frankie Beverly & Maze, Peter Cetera and David Foster. Pleasure went on to perform on Michael Jackson’s 2009 feature film This Is It. He then worked with Christina Aguilera and later became the musical director of Bette Midler.
Morris was intrigued by the project from not only the cultural aspects of the Maasai but in particular the ceremonial horn (Amaalo) that is a part of Maasai songs and music. He was invited to collaborate by former Guilford, Connecticut resident, Mike James. His contribution to the production and musical composition is so appreciated and will resonate with all cultures.