McKinley Morrison & Williams

Funk, Jazz, World

Born from creativity and a desire to be free in music, Josh McKinley, John Morrison, and Darrell Williams have brought their musical tastes together to form an original sound that is sonically comparable to Jazz, Latin, World, Funk & Fusion. This forging of musicianship has created music that is exciting and fresh, mixing sounds of the past with sounds of the present.

Josh McKinley has been playing guitar since he was 13 years old. It was a childhood passion that he started to take more seriously after finishing school. Since then, he has played with and founded almost a dozen New Brunswick groups. He has toured the Maritime provinces with multiple bands and has toured halfway across Canada several times. Never having taken formal music or guitar lessons, Josh has adapted over his career to form a natural & original approach to the guitar. He has been recorded on 8 albums to date and is no stranger to sitting in with artists and groups in a live/studio setting. Music is Magic, and that is what you can expect to feel when Josh picks up the guitar.

John Morrison has been playing drums professionally for over 20 years. He has left New Brunswick and toured internationally several times, playing to crowds of 50,000+ people. John has studied with a few notable Maritime drum teachers including Joe McIntyre & Norman Calp. In 2007, he was featured on the cover of Drum etc... Canadian drum magazine. In 2008/2009, John toured as drummer for Canadian group the Northern Pikes. John is a monster behind the kit and has been compared to many drumming greats, but he has created his own unique flavor of rhythm, groove and chops.

Darrell Williams may as well have been born with a bass guitar. He has been playing music professionally for 40 years. Born in Yonkers New York, Darrell made his way to Canada in the late 70’s touring North America with a show band. In 1989 he settled down in New Brunswick and began tearing up the East Coast music scene, changing the boundaries of how people looked at the bass guitar. Darrell has played with many great artists over the years including Dave Wilcox, Matt Anderson and Jeff Healey. When Darrell straps his bass on, something crazy is about to happen and you don’t want to miss it.

McKinley Morrison & Williams have been playing & touring together for a little over 2 years. In their short career, they have made a significant mark on the East Coast music scene while playing at music Festivals and by creating their own brand of an intimate show experience called the “Uptown Jazz Ball”, fusing Music, Art, & Food. Recently awarded 2019 Stingray Rising Star champions at the Harvest Jazz & Blues Festival and Band of the Year at the 2019 Saint John Regional Music Awards. MMW currently reside in New Brunswick, Canada. They have released one live album to date as a group and have been recorded together in the studio for several albums as a session band.

These three musicians enjoy pleasing audiences with their tasteful and explosive jams. At a McKinley Morrison & Williams show, you can expect a melodic and groove based musical fusion, bass solos, guitar wizardry, and a drum clinic performance. Get out to see these cats and the magic that they are creating!

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